Students Exploring Class Action Lawsuit Against Striking Colleges

17 November, 2017, 02:11 | Author: Salvatore Jensen
  • College rally

Ontario's New Democrats have blocked an attempt by the Liberal government to table back-to-work legislation today to end a almost five-week strike by college faculty. We don't know what will happen, and for anyone to say they know what will happen would be really presumptuous. The students organized the rally to support the striking workers at George Brown College.

The colleges proposed that students return to classes immediately and all outstanding issues be sent to arbitration. The two sides were bargaining when the Council announced November 6 that it would ask the The Ontario Labour Relations Board to hold a vote.

OPSEU President Smokey Thomas congratulated faculty for standing up for a better college system by rejecting the offer.

"We stand with hundreds of thousands of college students when we say 'enough already'".

The union refused to agree and instead demanded that the colleges accept the $5,000 payment to faculty. The council said it was a "contentious" decision, but could not rely on bargaining to end the strike.




Faculty were also seeking academic freedom, which one official from the Ontario Public Service Employees Union called the "core - it is the crux - around our issue of quality education".

The strike by 12,800 professors, partial-load instructors, counsellors and librarians is the longest in the 50-year history of the Ontario college system.

The provincial government has ordered the colleges to create a fund - using savings from the strike - to help students who may be experiencing financial hardship because of the labour dispute.

Rick Webb, director of human resources and corporate communications at Sault College said the college is disappointed in the result and was hoping classes would resume. "Additionally the fall semester will be extended in January; however we are unable to provide specific dates until the strike is over". It seeks full refunds for students who choose not to continue with their programs and refunds "equivalent to the value of the lost instruction" for students who do want to continue.

The notice of action alleges the colleges breached contracts with students by failing to provide vocational training and a full term of classes.

Recommended:



Popular

Tampa neighborhood 'held hostage' as fourth victim murdered
The brief bit of new surveillance video released Tuesday shows a person walking, but the surrounding area is shaded out. A city employee found her body two days afterward in a vacant parking lot half a mile from where Mitchell died.

Rotten Tomatoes Holds Justice League Score… and Reviews
Of course, the score could still change as more critics see the film over the weekend but it's probably not going to go above 50%. EST on Thursday, November 16 in conjunction with the aggregator website's new Facebook show See It/Skip It .

Turkey, Russia and Iran to hold summit on Syria next week
The Russian mission to the United Nations was not immediately available for comment on the impending council vote. Thursday's resolution received 11 votes in favor and two against, with two abstentions.

Two Major 'Suits' Stars Not Returning for Season 8
His and Meghan's contracts are up at the end of season seven, the current series, and he's believed to want to take some time off. The USA network and a spokesperson for the actor both declined to comment.

World's Richest One Percent Own Over Half of Global Wealth
At the other extreme, a small fraction of the population (just 0.5 per cent of adults) has a net worth over $ 100,000. The number of millionaires in the USA just hit an all-time high, a new banking report finds.

Planet with Earth-like temperature discovered orbiting nearby 'quiet' star
That's led scientists to believe it has a temperature between -60°C and 20°C although it's unclear whether water exists there. Unveiled previous year , Proxima B is just 4.8 light-years from Earth and like Ross 128 it too orbits a red dwarf star .

Amazon announces Lord of the Rings prequel TV series
Amazon will certainly survive if it gambles on Lord of the Rings and falls short of taking the crown away from Game of Thrones . Rather than a behemoth series of three 3-hour films however, the new Amazon project will be a television series.

NZ PM Criticises Australia Over Manus Crisis As Situation Escalates
The United States has agreed to resettle up to 1,250 refugees that Australia keeps on Papua New Guinea and the Pacific island nation of Nauru.

Russian Federation accuses U.S. coalition of hampering its anti-IS operation in Syria
In the corner of the image, however, a few letters of the developer's disclaimer can still be seen: "Development footage". The pictures turned out to be screenshots from a video game and old videos shot in Iraq .

Decision day arrives for same-sex marriage in Australia — Postal survey results
But it was not made clear what law would be changed and no one knew what legislation they were casting their opinions on. Parents would also be allowed to remove children from classes where lessons go against their views on marriage.