St. Clair College To Implement Contingency Dates Due To Faculty Strike

A contingency plan is now in place at St. Clair College as a strike by faculty continues.

Classes will be extended until December 22 with a holiday break from December 25 to January 1, 2018.

College Vice President of Communications John Fairley says the holiday break has been shortened.

"The classes will be being taught up to December 22, so everyone knows that and then when the holiday break would be in December up until between Christmas and New Year's [Day] and then during that time the college will be open, which we usually just shut down," says Fairley.

The college will be open on December 27 - 30 to access the library, tutoring and open computer labs.

Exams will be in January, but a hard date has not been set.

Fall classes will resume on January 2, 2018.

"We would have library tutoring, open computer labs if people were to want to come back during that — they don't go away and they still want to get caught up on things. Then the Fall classes would resume on Tuesday, January the 2nd," says Fairley.

When it comes to a "sell by" date to save the school year, Fairley tells AM800 News — he doesn't really want to think about that right now.

"I'm going to believe in the process and negotiations and everything, so I'd rather have no comment on that," says Fairley. "I think that our goal from our faculty's point of view and everyone at St. Clair College is to not lose the year."

Fairley says they wanted to give out these dates so people could plan around the holiday time frame.

The college's drop date without academic penalty will be moved from November 14 to a proposed date of December 11. The January semester will be delayed, but the total semester will be 14 weeks.

March Break is still set for March 12 - 16 and will continue as planned.

Faculty are set to vote on the college's supposed "final offer" on November 14 after the College Employer Council issued a request to the Labour Relations Board to conduct a supervised vote. The union is recommending members reject the offer.

Workers have been on strike since October 16.

— with files from Peter Langille