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Ontario government orders college teachers back to work

Workers Struggles: The Americas

24 November 2017


Ontario government orders college teachers back to work

The Ontario Liberal government passed legislation Sunday ordering an end to the five-week-old strike by 12,000 professors, counselors and librarians at 24 colleges across the province.

Bill 178 was passed by a vote of 37-18 on Sunday after the government called an emergency weekend session to push through the legislation. The NDP, who voted against the bill, had stalled quick passage of back-to-work legislation by one-day by asking that discussion be held prior to a vote on Friday, but party leader Andrea Horwath gave assurances that faculty would still be back on the job by Monday.

The government of Kathleen Wynne moved to legislate an end to the strike after faculty overwhelmingly turned down the latest contract in a forced vote last week that the union, the Ontario Public Service Employees Union (OPSEU), called a bully move by colleges. According to union negotiators, while they are fighting a range of concession demands, the most important issue remaining in dispute is academic freedom.

As for the NDP’s professed opposition, it amounted to little more than a charade. The NDP made no move to prevent a debate and vote on the bill over the weekend and has insisted that faculty bow to the strikebreaking order.

Nova Scotia University faculty set to strike

Three hundred thirty-one faculty at Acadia University in Wolfville, Nova Scotia are set to go on strike November 27 after recent negotiations broke down and union members voted 81 percent in favor of strike action.

The Acadia University Faculty Association (AUFA) has been in negotiations with the school since March of this year, but talks have stalled…

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