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Q –When did the professors’ collective agreement expire?
A –The current collective agreement for the full-time academic bargaining unit expired on August 31, 2009. To date, they are working under new terms and conditions imposed by the colleges on November 18, 2009.
Q -Who would be going on strike?
A –In the event of a strike, it would be the nearly 9,000 full- and partial load professors, librarians, counselors that would be on the picket line.
Q -Have there been previous strikes in the college system?
A –Yes, there have been three strikes previously in the Ontario college system. There was a strike in 1984, 1989 and during the last round of bargaining in 2006.
Q -Have students ever lost their semester or year due to a work stoppage?
A -No! In the last round of bargaining, colleges put in place semester completion strategies to ensure that all students were able to finish their semester. Semester Completion Strategies might include a condensing of course material and/or extending the semester and will be posted on the college’s website, in the event of a strike.
Q -How will my classes be affected?
A –In the event of a strike by the full-time academic bargaining unit, your classes would more than likely be canceled.
Q -Can faculty be replaced by supply faculty?
A –It is very unlikely that the colleges would use supply faculty or instructors, but that is a decision that can only be made by the college.
Q –I’m taught by a part-time professor, would they be on strike too?
A –No, part-time professors are not part of the same bargaining and as such will be expected to report to work the same for full- and part-time support staff workers.
Q -What services will remain open on campus during a strike?
A –What services remain open during a strike will vary by college, so it is best to check with your college what services they will be running, in the event of a strike.
Q -Can I cross a picket line?
A –Yes, you can cross a picket line if you wish to. People on the picket line will only want to speak with you about their position, so remain calm, polite and listen.
Q -What if I do not feel safe crossing a picket line?
A –You should not have a problem crossing a picket line as long as you are respectful and let the academic staff provide you with their material.
Q -Will sports activities, including intramurals, continue through the duration of a strike?
A –In most cases, all activities, including pub nights, intramural and varsity sports would be postponed until the strike was over, but that decision would be up to the college and local student government.
Q -I live on campus. How will a strike and picket line possibly affect my day-to-day living?
A –Most picket lines would be setup at or around the main entrance to the college campus, so it would depend where the residence is located. Any service that have unionized employees will not cross another picket line, so you can expect those services (i.e Canada Post, Waste Management, Municipal Transit, etc.) not to be running.
Q -I have summer student employment scheduled to start in May. What should I do?
A – We recommend you wait to see how long the strike would last before making any backup plans for employment. After the previous faculty strike, colleges condensed the semester to ensure that students’ summer plans weren’t impacted too greatly.
Q -Will I be refunded for lost class time if classroom contact time is not extended to the end of the semester?
A –Whether or not a refund would be issued would be dependent on how long the work stoppage lasts. In the previous strikes, no refunds were issued to students for the lost contact time.
Q -Or, will courses be condensed? If so, will I receive a partial refund from the college?
A –Traditionally, refunds aren’t given even if the semester is condensed.
Q -My living arrangements end in April. What should I do if the semester is extended?
A –Before making any decisions or extending your lease wait to see how things progress. Traditionally, strikes in the college system have only lasted three weeks.
Q -Will OSAP claw back funding due to a college strike?
A -During the last work stoppage OSAP did not clawback funding from students. Any arrangements or changes to OSAP allocations will be communicated by the Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities.