I would like to provide you with an update on the current labour situation between Ontario’s 24 public colleges and OPSEU, the union representing full-time and partial-load faculty, counsellors and librarians.
The collective agreement representing this employee group expired September 30, 2021, and negotiations to this point have failed to produce an agreement. A strike vote amongst membership this past weekend resulted in a 59.4% vote in favour of a strike, and OPSEU has shared that some form of labour action may commence on Saturday, December 18.
At this time, we do not have any details regarding what this labour action could include or what impact this will have moving forward. However, for the remainder of this week, there should be no impact to class schedules, exams or assignments which will proceed as usual. Our campus and Student Residence will remain open for staff, students, and visitors (contractors) who must be on site. Students are encouraged to continue to focus on completing their semester and preparing for Winter Term in January.
Because the collective bargaining process is system-wide, I encourage you to visit the websites of the College Employer Council and OPSEU for more information.
Information regarding labour action impact at Cambrian will be shared via email, myCambrian and our special webpage, www.cambriancollege.ca/labour-updates.
We are hopeful that the current labour process will be resolved, and we will keep our Cambrian community up-to-date as more information becomes available.
Alison De Luisa
Vice-President, Human Resources and Student Services