No strike at colleges in Mississauga, Brampton and Hamilton

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Published March 18, 2022 at 12:15 am

At the literal 11th hour, a strike was averted at public colleges in Ontario, including campus in Mississauga, Brampton and Hamilton.

Late Thursday night, just over an hour before a strike deadline, the Ontario Public Service Employees Union (OPSEU) college faculty bargaining team and the College Employer Council (CEC) announced they will enter binding interest arbitration to resolve all outstanding issues. After a year of negotations, and work-to-rule campaigns, the college teachers were due to strike at 12:01 a.m. Friday, leaving students at campus such as Centennial in Brampton, Sheridan in Mississauga and Mohawk in Hamilton wondering when they would receive their final grades for the term.

Binding interest arbitration was what OPSEU has suggested in order to hammer out a new collective agreement for the some 16,000 full-time college teachers across Ontario. It was also used in 2017 to resolve a five-week-long strike that was the longest in the history of Ontario’s public colleges.

The agreement also means that all work-to-rule activity will cease.

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