Fanshawe College student Bethany Baglieri put her life on hold to go back to school, only to have her education put on hold by a sweeping faculty strike that’s cast her and a half-million other students out of class.
Twenty-two days after college faculty walked off the job provincewide, Ontario’s colleges are asking to be allowed to take their latest offer straight to the picket line, a last ditch move that’s unexpected and “risky,” analysts say.
With talks underway three weeks into the strike, Fanshawe College is moving ahead with plans to get students back to class if and when Ontario’s standoff with faculty in its 24 community colleges ends.
After a 17-day stalemate that cancelled classes for more than a half million students and pushed 12,000 instructors to the picket line, the union and colleges are heading back to the bargaining table in an unexpected move that caught one labour analyst by surprise.
With strikes at 24 colleges, more than a half million students out of class and no new negotiations planned, the union representing more than 12,000 striking faculty provincewide is gearing up for a long fight.