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Community College Union Set Sept. 6th Strike Vote

8/16/2012

It turns out maybe not only will Ontario elementary and highschool teachers not be in the classroom when school starts.

The union representing more than 10,000 faculty at community colleges across Ontario, including Fanshawe here in London, have asked for a Sept. 6 strike vote.

The OPSEU members are hoping this move will force management start taking negotiations more seriously.

Before faculty could go on strike they would have to request what is known as a "no-board report" from the Ontario Ministry of Labour.

So far that has not happened yet.

After the report is filed there is a 17-day period before there can be a legal strike or lockout.

Co-chair of the college faculty bargaining team says the biggest issue staff has is with their academic freedom being limited.

"That relates to the teacher's ability to make decisions in their classroom like how their students learn and how they are evaluated. We have seen an increasing trend of management becoming more involved at a very ground level, saying no no you have to evaluate this way."

The contract between faculty and the colleges expires in three weeks.

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