Looks like a strike may be about to start by faculty at Confederation College, and at schools across the province.
In a news release, the college says there is still a chance a settlement can be reached by Sunday.
It adds if there is a strike, the school will ensure students have the opportunity to finish their year, and that no student at any Ontario college has ever lost a year due to a strike.
If the strike happens, classes will cease Monday, with other services operating on a lesser schedule, and traffic through the campus will be affected too.
Notice of Strike by Academic Union Received at Confederation College
THUNDER BAY, ON, October 11, 2017 – The OPSEU CAAT Academic Union has given notice that a strike action will start on Monday, October 16. Though there is still opportunity for a settlement to be reached by Sunday, October 15, Confederation College is preparing to initiate its contingency plan if needed.
If there is a strike, Confederation College will ensure that students have the opportunity to complete their year. It is important to note that no student at an Ontario college has ever lost their year due to a strike.
Should a strike begin on Monday, the following summarizes what the public can expect:
· All academic delivery will cease at Confederation College. This includes Workforce Development/Contract Training, Continuing and Distance Education, Co-op and Work Placements, and International and Collaborative programming. This means that all classes would be cancelled until further notice.
· The SUCCI Wellness Centre – Minowaadiziiwin, Health Centre, Children and Family Centre, and Follett Bookstore will remain open for the duration of the strike.
· Sodexo (food services) will remain open, however certain locations may be closed and reduced hours may be in effect. Details will be communicated accordingly.
· The public will be advised not to use Confederation College’s roadways for through traffic. Those coming to campus should expect delays.
· City of Thunder Bay Transit stops will be temporarily relocated outside of the main entrances for Confederation College.
As always, safety will continue to be of the utmost concern for Confederation College. Members of the public are asked to be patient and respectful if crossing picket lines, and refer to the Picket Line Protocol available on our strike website for more information.
A confirmation of strike or settlement will be provided in advance of Monday, October 16 to alert the public and Confederation College stakeholders to the result. This confirmation may be issued as late as Sunday evening. Updates will also be posted to the dedicated webpage: www.confederationcollege.ca/academic-strike.