Effective Monday, October 16, 2017 at 12:01am, the team bargaining on behalf of the province's 24 Colleges and the OPSEU union representing 12,000 full time faculty, partial load faculty, counsellors and librarians, could not reach an agreement, and all faculty are now in a work stoppage.
All full time day classes, evening Continuing Education classes, day and evening apprenticeship classes are suspended until further notice. IMPORTANT NOTICE: All classes at the Ace Acumen campus in Toronto are still running as scheduled. Please read the information below and note that St. Clair College is open to students and staff as follows:
Reduced hours of operation to 8:00 am to 6:00 pm and closed from 6:00 pm to 8:00 am for all campuses (Windsor, Chatham, St. Clair College Centre for the Arts, MediaPlex, TD Student Centre) unless otherwise stated below.
Student inquiries please contact 1-888-447-8199.
YES. Students will be able to access the College campus from both the Huron Church entrance and the Cabana Road entrance in Windsor, the main entrances to the St. Clair College Centre for the Arts and the MediaPlex. The Grand Avenue entrance in Chatham will also remain open. Please note the College will be open from 8:00 am to 6:00 pm.
Your work placement will be suspended for the length of the strike.
During the past three Faculty strikes, no students lost their school year. St. Clair College would do everything possible to ensure that students would not lose their year.
We sympathize with students who are frustrated that a strike has been called by OPSEU. The notion of a rebate presumes that students will not receive their academic year. No Ontario college student has ever lost their academic year because of a work stoppage and we fully expect that students will be able to complete their academic year once this strike has ended.
The week of October 16, 2017 also coincided with the mid-term point of the fall 2017 semester. As the practice for the past several years, students receive a snapshot of their academic progress at mid-term from their instructors on the Student Information System. Please be advised that at this time, the mid-term status will be postponed until the work stoppage has concluded.
NO. All 24 Colleges of Applied Arts and Technology in the Province of Ontario would be affected by the work stoppage.
YES. Work stoppage votes have resulted in work stoppages in the past. There was an OPSEU Support Staff work stoppage in 1979 and 2011. The OPSEU Faculty local experienced work stoppages in 1984, 1989 and 2006. It is important to note that no student has ever lost their school year as a result of a past faculty strike.
Colleges have contingency plans in place in case there is a strike. Colleges will be communicating directly with students in the event of strike. Please be assured that no student has ever lost their academic year because of a work stoppage.
For students in the ACE/LBS, all classes will be suspended during the work stoppage. However, the college with continue the process of taking in new students, completing assessments, entering data into CAMs, completing follow ups with students, and registering students.
All classes will resume after the work stoppage ends.
All Transit Windsor pick-ups and Drop-offs will be at the existing Bus stops at Cabana Road and Glenwood Ave. This includes transit service and transfers for LaSalle.
Please be advised that you should expect to experience delays in entering (and departing) the College campuses due to the presence of picket lines. Whether driving or walking onto the campus, please be prepared to stop.
Please be courteous and respectful of others and be prepared to wait until you can safely pass through the picket line.
It is of the utmost importance to remain calm. Please proceed slowly, ensuring the safety of others.