College faculty vote results expected today

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"This is a awful result for the 500,000 students who remain out of class". Fourteen students have joined to launch a class-action lawsuit to get refunds.

"Ontario college faculty have exercised their democratic right and by rejecting the offer have chosen to continue to strike", Sonia Del Missier, chair of the colleges' bargaining team, said in a media release.

As of October 16, 2017, some 12,000 faculty have been on strike. The voter turnout was substantial, as a sizeable 86 per cent of faculty voted to reject Council's November 6 offer.

Despite the lack of an agreement between the union and the College Employer Council, which represents the institutions, a forced vote was ordered and held from Tuesday through Thursday morning on the colleges' final offer after it appealed to the Ontario Labour Relations Board.

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OPSEU has urged its members to reject the contract.

The majority of classes in the nursing program function through the Mohawk College, but now with it being on strike most McMaster/college students are left with maybe one course to attend. "I have just spoken with student leadership from the College Student Alliance and have asked them for their advice and for feedback from their membership". Updates are expected to come throughout the day about what will come next as the strike continues.

Confederation College president Jim Madder said he is disappointed for the students that the offer was turned down.

He said he wouldn't speculate what the Premier will do but he's hopeful pressure will be put on the college council.

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"It doesn't matter how students feel, or how we have been impacted, that's deeply how it feels from this side of the table", she said. "In that case, there might be a few programs that we actually do decide we're past that threshold".

For students who have booked tickets to go home and be with their families for the holidays, getting a refund and breaking the news to your families must be hard to do, but the alternate just puts you at a greater delay.

Frustrated at missing so much class time - and anxious about losing the semester, or the costs they'll incur should the school year be extended to make up lost time - students have held a number of protests, and a group of 14 began a class-action lawsuit seeking tuition and fee refunds.

"The college bargaining team will be in touch with the provincially appointed mediator to seek his direction to the parties".

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