Demand that Ontario Government Stop OPSEU Ontario Colleges Faculty from Striking.
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OPSEU (Ontario Public Service Employees Union) represents 12,000 professors, instructors, counsellors and librarians at 24 public colleges across Ontario. (source: CTV News). They have set a strike deadline of just after midnight on October 16.
ONCE AGAIN, OUR STUDENTS WILL BE HELD HOSTAGE. THIS SHOULD NOT BE ALLOWED TO HAPPEN.
PLEASE SIGN THIS PETITION TO DEMAND THAT THE ONTARIO GOVERNMENT STEP IN TO STOP THIS STRIKE FROM HAPPENING!
Students like my daughter have struggled long and hard over the last few years to be able to return to College. Their EXPENSIVE education will be in jeopardy if College Faculty is allowed to strike. Many of my daughter's professors have expressed the views that they DO NOT wish to strike, but will have no choice if the Union goes ahead with strike plans.
Ontario has some of the highest tuition costs in the country. My daughter, along with her fellow students, is in one of the most expensive college programs there are due to equipment required. They are approaching midterms. As well, there will be no one to teach them complicated software programs that are necessary for their success. Students all over the province will be greatly harmed by a strike.
The following is a quote from CTV News:
"The union says it wants faculty and students to have more of a voice in academic decisions.
The colleges bargaining team put forth what it calls a "final" offer, which includes a 7.75 percent wage increase over four years, with a full-time faculty maximum of more than $115,000 by late 2020.
The chair of the colleges bargaining team is calling on OPSEU to put the offer to a vote."
This is NOT a valid reason to deny education to students who have paid dearly for their instruction. Their futures are at stake.
If faculty members are allowed to strike, students will be forced to cross picket lines to use school facilities. They will be forced to try to educate themselves without any instruction. Depending on the length of any strike, they could lose their semester(s). Who is going to pay for this? Many students are learning complicated, detailed information that is very difficult to learn without instruction.
While I agree that unions have done a lot for workers and that unionized employees generally have better benefits and wages, they can often be the cause of GREAT harm to innocent users of the services involved. Some employees should NEVER be allowed to strike when it hurts innocent people in this manner.
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