College support staff ratify contract extension

Support staff at Ontario's 24 public colleges have ratified a four-year contract extension to Aug. 31, 2022.

The Ontario Public Service Employees Union says members voted 75 per cent in favour of the extension in voting held Tuesday.

OPSEU says it includes a 7.75 per cent wage increase over the four years plus improvements to drug coverage, leave provisions and contracting-out language.
 
Union official Janice Hagan says the contracting-out language will save jobs for current staff and for the next generation of workers.

Hagan says putting a stop to contracting out has been the union's "number one bargaining demand" for 20 years.

The union represents about 10,000 support staff at the 24 colleges, which teach about 220,000 students across Ontario.