Ontario college teachers could be on the picket lines as soon as Monday as the union representing faculty at Ontario’s 24 public colleges has set a strike deadline of 12:01 a.m. on Oct. 16.

In a media release, OPSUE ( the Ontario Public Service Employees Union), says the date was set after the College Employer council walked away from the bargaining table

J.P. Hornick, the chairman of the OPSEU bargaining team, says the employer again refused to consider key issues in the ongoing dispute and added that the employer “is not moving forward on the issues faculty care about most – even in the case of no-cost items like academic freedom or longer contracts for contract faculty.”

OPSEU President Warren (Smokey) Thomas has said that the College Employer Council to get back to the table before it is too late and not wait until the last minute.

OPSEU, which represents more than 12,000 employees in the college system, has said the key issues include giving faculty and students more of a voice in academic decisions and what it calls the “ongoing exploitation of contract faculty.”

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