Back-to-work bill passes

21 November, 2017, 01:24 | Author: Brenda Erickson
  • St. Clair College

Back-to-work legislation was passed over the weekend and teachers will return to work today in preparation for the resumption of classes on Tuesday.

Twelve-thousand professors, instructors, counselors and librarians have been on the picket line since October 15 to protest the increasing use of contract and part-time workers.

Colleges are extending their semesters so students don't lose their terms, but student advocates say trying to condense five missed weeks into roughly two extra ones will be very stressful.

On Monday, the Ministry of Advanced Education said students will have two weeks from tomorrow, when classes resume, to decide whether they want to continue with the condensed semester, or drop out and take the refund.

The bill requires the current strike at Ontario's colleges to be terminated, and prevents any additional strikes or lock-outs arising from the dispute until a new collective agreement is signed.

Wynne also ordered the province's colleges to create a dedicated fund with all the savings from the strike, made up of unpaid wages to striking staff and other savings from not operating the schools, to help students experiencing financial hardship. "I think it's appropriate to actually return that money to students".

"You don't know what to study, and a lot of students feel this way", she said last week.

In addition to a full refund for those who withdraw, fulltime students who decide to stay can apply to receive up to $500 for unexpected costs they incurred due to the strike.

Turkeys stay at Washington, DC hotel ahead of Presidential pardon
The National Turkey Federation will foot the bill for the birds' lodgings, as it has in the past, according to the White House. Past birds have stayed in the W Hotel before being sent to Mount Vernon after they are pardoned, according to Time Magazine .


"Nobody anticipated it would go on so long, nobody anticipated it would be a five-week strike", she said.

Lambton College student Jade Flay is helping organize a class-action lawsuit against Ontario's colleges.

"Mixed feelings", said Grant Currie, president of Ontario Public Service Employees Union Local 417, which represents more than 400 full-time faculty at St. Lawrence College.

That's understandable politics, but it has real-world effects: if colleges had known on Thursday that the NDP was going to allow the bill to pass on Sunday night, they might have been able to get students back on Monday.

The fall semester at many schools will be extended into the week starting December 18, with some colleges like George Brown finishing as late as December 22.

"All that time is typically turnaround time for faculty", Currie said.

Willett said regardless of the government policy, students will have to deal with the aftermath of the labour dispute. "It's time to put this ugly chapter behind us, and to get focused on ensuring college students get back in the classroom as soon as possible".

Recommended:



Popular

Why, on the Transgender Day of Remembrance, I want to say sorry
Of the 102 victims killed since January 2013, the report detailed that 88 were transgender women. The event was held at the New Life MCC Church on Sunset Drive in Norfolk.

Robert Mugabe impeachment CONFIRMED as dictator 'let wife Grace usurp power'
Flanked by the country's top brass, his speech left Zimbabweans shocked after he remained defiant in clinging to the presidency . Some have speculated that the 93-year-old read the wrong speech on Sunday, or left out crucial passages about stepping down.

Bruce Arians reverses course, says he's not to blame for loss
According to various sources, Arizona Cardinals coach Bruce Arians has named Gabbert the starter of Week 12's upcoming matchup. The Texans (3-6) will start Tom Savage , but he didn't perform well during the 33-7 loss to the Los Angeles Rams in Week 10.

Rashtramata Padmavati Award in MP for those working to
Members of Rajput Karni Sena thanked the CM for what they called was a complete ban on the movie's screening in the state. The Madhya Pradesh government has made a decision to not screen Sanjay Leela Bhansali's film Padmavati in the state.

Rohingya activist: Suu Kyi is denying our existence
The speech comes as her country is accused of violently pushing out hundreds of thousands of unwanted Rohingya Muslims. The Japanese government will provide food and everyday goods to about 800,000 refugees through the U.N.

Plane crash on Keene Road in Clearwater under investigation
The video shows the single-engine aircraft approaching dangerously low above the ground before crashing onto the street. Remarkably, both people in the plane walked away without injury.

2nd woman accuses Sen. Al Franken of inappropriate touching
Franken said he didn't remember taking the photo but that he felt "badly" that Menz felt disrespected. "I respect women. Lindsay Menz, 33, reached out to CNN several hours after news anchor Leeann Tweeden accused Sen.

Marvell Technology to buy Cavium for US$6b
The potential deal came to light November 3 when a Wall Street Journal report said the companies were in "advanced" talks. Goldman Sachs & Co LLC was the financial adviser to Marvell, while Qatalyst Partners LP and J.P.

Baker Mayfield Reprimanded For Kansas Game Antics
Mayfield said he was caught up in the scrappy game, one in which Jayhawk players hit him late and refused to shake hands pregame. Riley was emotional in his weekly press conference when discussing his decision. "I talk about being a competitive player".

President Trump tweets about Marshawn Lynch after Patriots-Raiders
At the rally, the president said any "SOB" who kneels during the anthem deserves to be taken off the field. President Donald Trump is now feuding with LaVar Ball .