Monday Strike Looming Over College

A strike is looming over Algonquin College, that could cancel classes as of Monday.

OPSEU, the union representing faculty at Ontario's public colleges, has set a strike deadline of 12:01 a.m. on Oct. 16.

OPSEU represents 12,000 professors, instructors, counsellors and librarians at 24 public colleges across Ontario.

In a statement, bargaining unit chair JP Hornick said Tuesday,

"Unfortunately our employer is not moving forward on the issues faculty care about most – even in the case of no-cost items like academic freedom or longer contracts for contract faculty."

The union says it wants faculty and students to have more of a voice in academic decisions.

The colleges bargaining team put forth what it calls a "final" offer, which includes a 7.75 percent wage increase over four years, with a full-time faculty maximum of more than $115,000 by late 2020.

The chair of the colleges bargaining team is calling on OPSEU to put the offer to a vote.