IGNITE

Faculty Strike:
Open Letter to Provincial Government

by IGNITE

“Every day of class missed affects our students and their ability to learn, and we are urging the Ontario government to step in and help our students return to the classroom.”

Text of a letter from eight student unions, addressed to Kathleen Wynne, OPSEU and the CEC

Text of a letter from eight student unions, addressed to Kathleen Wynne, OPSEU and the CEC

 

To the offices of:

Ontario Premier, Kathleen Wynne
Minister of Advanced Education and Skills Development, Deb Matthews
MPP Ancaster-Dundas-Flamborough-Westdale, Ted McMeekin
MPP Etobicoke North, Shafiq Qaadri
MPP Etobicoke Lakeshore, Hon Peter Z. Milczyn
MPP Hamilton Centre, Andrea Horwath
MPP Hamilton East-Stoney Creek, Paul Miller
MPP Hamilton Mountain, Monique Taylor
MPP London-Fanshawe, Teresa Armstrong
MPP Niagara Falls, Wayne Gates
MPP Niagara West-Glanbrook, Sam Oosterhoff
MPP Oakville, Hon. Kevin Daniel Flynn
MPP St. Catharines, James J. Bradley
MPP Thunder Bay-Atikokan, Hon. Bill Mauro
MPP Thunder Bay-Superior North, Hon. Michael Gravelle
MPP Welland, Cindy Forster
MPP Windsor-West, Lisa Gretzky
College Employer Council Bargaining Chair, Sonia Del Missier
OPSEU Bargaining Chair, JP Hornick

 

Friday, October 20th, 2017

 

RE: Open Letter to Premier Wynne, Minister Matthews & the Members of Provincial Parliament

On October 16th, 2017 at 12:01 a.m., the Ontario Public Service Employees Union (OPSEU), representing College faculty across the province, went on strike. As a result, all classes and exams have been cancelled, leaving more than 500,000 students across the 24 Ontario colleges unable to pursue their education.

The top concerns heard from our students are:

  1. Students want to be in their classrooms, receiving the education they paid for;
  2. The quality of education will eventually decrease because course materials will have to be condensed to make up the semester; and
  3. Any extension or compression of a semester will cause undue stress on students, both domestic and international – which will potentially include undue financial hardship.

As the representatives of our individual student associations and advocates for our students, we are calling on you, the Members of Provincial Parliament, to continue encouraging both the OPSEU and the CEC to return to the table so they can continue bargaining in order to come to a fair settlement. Every day of class missed affects our students and their ability to learn, and we are urging the Ontario government to step in and help our students return to the classroom.

We are requesting a meeting with the Premier, Minister of Advanced Education and Skills Development and both chairs of the bargaining teams on October 26th, after the meeting of the legislature in order to continue this conversation.

Please let us know what time works best for you and we will be there. Thank you for your time and consideration in this matter.

Sincerely,

Morganna Sampson
President, Fanshawe Students’ Union

Maja Jocson
President, IGNITE (University of Guelph-Humber & Humber College)

Samantha Hoover
President, Mohawk Students’ Association

Ryan Huckla
President, Niagara College Student Admin. Council

Nicola Lau
President, Seneca Student Federation

Enrique Ponce
President, Sheridan Student Union

Jodi Afonso
President, Student Union of Confederation College Inc.

Nick Goran
President, St. Clair Student Representative Council Inc.