- Week 5: Day 3

Debate Goes On, Class Action Gets Started, Ass to Class Movement, Provincial Recognition

Good Evening Colleagues,

The vote is on. If you are having trouble voting or haven’t got your pin, call the VOTER HELP CENTRE toll free at 1-888-281-8683 (8 a.m. – 8 p.m. ET).
From the anecdotal evidence I have heard, seen and read, we REJECTs are going mainstream. 

High-stakes college vote: Could it end five-week long strike?
Radio Show Ontario Today with Rita Celli
JP Hornick was great, as usual – Don Sinclair was a dufus, corrupted by power - and the student callers were right on point! 

Notice of action: colleges breached contracts with students by failing to provide vocational training and a full term of classes.
Law firm Charney Lawyers filed the proposed class action against the province's 24 colleges today, saying 14 students have come forward to potentially stand as representative plaintiffs.

You’ve heard of a Lock-Out, Well Students Are Planning a Walk In
Ontario students are in motion in more ways than one.
Besides the petitions and the class action suit (announced today), there is also a new movement for Thursday, November 16.

Counsellors, students and the growing anxiety
Kudos to Kanchan Kurich our Accommodation Officer and our social media team with the help of Maheen Sayal and Ida Gianvito who put together this report on the growing number of accommodation needs in the college system. It was picked up by the Counsellor on our Bargaining Team Mona Chevalier, and has since been shared across the province.

Today, Kevin Forest and our Striketoberfest-holdover crew made grilled cheese and fries for all campuses with plans for a big lunch on Thursday – details to follow. If the Strike is hitting you in the grocery bill, drop me an email. But most important vote early to REJECT this insult to collective bargaining. We didn’t lose five weeks of pay to crawl back defeated, with less of a contract than when this labour dispute started. 

No matter if you got here by choice or by crowd, you have seen the College Employer Council act with a premeditated cynical agenda. Their divisive plans must not rupture our collegiality.

We are strong together,


Jack Urowitz,
President, OPSEU Local 244
Sheridan Institute of Technology and Advanced Learning
(905) 845-9430 Extension 2832
Union Office 4065