Ontario college faculty vote in favour of strike mandate

Faculty at Ontario's 24 public colleges have voted 68 per cent in favour of a strike mandate.

The collective agreement between Colleges and the Ontario Public Service Employees Union (OPSEU) expires at the end of September.

12,000 professors, instructors, counsellors, and librarians province-wide are covered under the agreement.

The union says their key issues include the role of faculty in academic decision-making and fair treatment for contract faculty.

"Eighty-one per cent of college teaching is done by contract faculty, all of whom have no job security and are paid significantly less than the negotiated rates for full-time permanent faculty," an OPSEU press release says.

Two colleges locally are affected by this: Algonquin College and La Cité Collegiale.

So far, no strike or lockout deadline has been set.