U of T sessional lecturers to vote on strike mandate

Following a five week long college faculty strike, thousands of students at 24 public colleges are now faced with having their semesters extended to make up the lost class time. Now, students of the University of Toronto (U of T) may be forced into a similar scenario. On Dec. 5, members of the Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE) Local 3902—which represents contract instructors and teaching assistants at the U of T—unanimously decided to hold a strike mandate vote. According to the CUPE website, polls for the unit-wide strike will be open for voting to members on Dec. 6, 7, 8, 11, and 12. If the union votes in favour of the strike mandate, it will have the ability to […]

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Editorial: Strike intervention should have happened sooner

As college students across Ontario returned to school this week, many are feeling let down by the system that left them without classes for five weeks. It was the longest college strike in Ontario history. One can only wonder why the Ontario government didn’t pressure the colleges and union to come to an agreement sooner to save the semester for almost 500,000 college students. The result of the strike is students’ lives are being disrupted for the second time this semester, as they return to classes with cut curriculums, a shortened Christmas break, and disrupted travel plans. In a town hall hosted on Nov. 20, Ontario premier Kathleen Wynne answered questions from college students about why she failed to intervene. […]

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Ontario college students discuss impact of faculty strike

After the five-week long strike came to an end, The Charlatan spoke to two college students about the impact it had on them. Cierra Vandermeer, a third-year behavioural psychology student at St. Lawrence College in Kingston, Ont., said she was greatly affected by the strike. “I just [wanted] it to end it as soon as possible,” she said. Vandermeer said she did her best to keep up with the workload, assuming the strike would eventually come to an end. “It [was] hard to do assignments when we [didn’t] have a teacher to guide [us]—we [couldn’t] ask questions . . . we [couldn’t] proceed with our work,” she said. She said the uncertainty of when they would return to classes caused her […]

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Algonquin’s student paper goes rogue during faculty strike

With the Ontario college strike proceeding into its fifth week, Algonquin College journalism students are taking campus media coverage into their own hands. The Algonquin Times is built into the curriculum of the journalism program at Algonquin, where second-year students submit stories for publication in return for a grade. The paper reports on campus issues and is published every three weeks. However, several days before the strike, journalism classes were told by the Algonquin College Students’ Association to cease production out of respect for the faculty. Devyn Barrie, a second-year journalism student at Algonquin and the campus government editor of the paper, said he and a small group of students decided to go rogue and continue publishing under the name […]

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Laurentian University strike ends with new three-year agreement

The Laurentian University Faculty Association (LUFA) and Laurentian University ratified a new collective agreement, ending a 10-day strike, according to LUFA’s website. The association represents 373 full-time and 304 part-time faculty members at Laurentian University’s campuses in Sudbury and Barrie, according to its website. On Oct. 6, LUFA members voted 98 per cent in favour of a three-year extension of the collective agreement, which expired on June 30. Laurentian’s Board of Governors later unanimously accepted the agreement the following Tuesday. “This agreement will provide our faculty with the stability and supports to continue providing our students with a world-class education, and will provide organizational stability as we finalize the University’s 2018-2023 Strategic Plan,” Laurentian University’s interim president, Pierre Zundel, said […]

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