Niagara College teachers strike vote set for tomorrow
College teachers across the province will decide tomorrow whether to give their union a strike mandate.
OPSEU is asking teachers to vote yes to a strike saying the college's most recent contract offer which it says includes no concessions.
In a letter to faculty, Niagara College President Dan Patterson says colleges have tabled an offer that includes a 7.5 percent pay increase and a new maximum salary of $115,000 dollars.
He says the offer will remain in place until September 29th.
OPSEU has responded to Patterson's email saying the issue is the continued reliance by college's on part time faculty, who have no job security.
The union noting the percentage of full-time faculty has dropped from 30 percent to 17.5 percent over the past three years.
The union also fears full time job cuts, in the wake of the equal pay for equal work legislation being proposed by the province, for part time workers.
OPSEU says inorder to meet the financial challenge of having to pay part time workers more, college's are preparing to cut 1,400 full time positions.
A very successful 2017-2018 IceDogs regular season came to an end Saturday afternoon with a 6-3 win over Mississauga. A sellout St Patty's Day Meridian Centre crowd watched Niagara record their 35th win of the season for a total of 80 points in the OHL's Eastern Conference as Johnny Corneil lead the way with a goal and two assists.
Kirill Maksimov enjoyed a four point night while Johnny Corneil and Ben Jones each scored a pair in the IceDogs 6-3 Friday night win in Erie. With the win, Niagara has now secured home ice advantage in their first round playoff series with Oshawa.
Johnny Corneil scored the overtime winner exactly half-way through the extra period as the IceDogs prevailed 3-2 over visiting Hamilton for Niagara's fifth win in six meetings versus the Bulldogs. Stephen Dhillon was also big stopping 41 shots for the IceDogs fifth straight victory.