As most of you have heard, all full-time and partial-load faculty of the Ontario college system, including those at Humber and the University of Guelph-Humber, are on strike as of Monday, October 16, 2017.
We understand that many students are confused and worried about the strike. As your student union, IGNITE respects the negotiations and hopes that the College Employer Council and the Ontario Public Service Employees Union (OPSEU) can come to an agreement soon to prevent disruption of students’ academics.
We’ve put together a FAQ to answer your most pressing questions, which you can find below.
A message from IGNITE President, Maja Jocson:
To my fellow Humber and Guelph-Humber students,
I hope you all had a great thanksgiving weekend with friends or family. Today, I wanted to reach out to you about the potential faculty strike of all Ontario colleges which may take place next week; I understand your feelings of stress and worry, as I am also a student, I also recognize that our parents who are worried about us and our education during this time. In the event of a strike, IGNITE offices will be open. Myself and your campus Vice-Presidents will do our best to be available, not leave you hanging, and keep you in the loop as much as we can. We are also working closely with both Humber College and the University of Guelph-Humber to ensure that we support any of you who will be staying or coming to campus during this time. I respect the value of this negotiation between both parties and I hope that they can come to an agreement soon, so that we can continue with our studies this school year. If you have questions do not hesitate to send me an email or if you are on campus drop by the office.
Frequently Asked Questions
Who is affected by the strike?
This strike affects all 24 colleges in Ontario.
How does the strike affect me as a student?
During the strike all full-time, continuing education, online, and corporate training classes will be suspended. That means you will not have any classes for the duration of the strike. Students in co-op, work or field placement should get in touch with their academic school to see whether these activities will be affected.
What does this mean for my academic year?
Depending on how long the strike lasts, your academic year may or may not be affected. There is a potential for your semester to be extended. If significant academic time is lost, you may be entitled for a refund. More information on this and a detailed FAQ can be found here.
What should I do during a strike?
We encourage students to continue studying, working on assignments, and catching up with their coursework for all classes during the strike.
What is IGNITE doing about the strike?
IGNITE respects OPSEU and the College Employer Council’s rights to negotiate. IGNITE President Maja Jocson has been in contact with the student leaders at several other Ontario colleges, and together they have met with Deb Matthews, Ontario’s Minister for Advanced Education and Skills Development; JP Hornick, OPSEU Bargaining Chair; and Sonia Del Missier, CEC Bargaining Chair. The IGNITE executive team are also advocating on your behalf in discussions with Humber admin about what will happen post-strike.
Will IGNITE services be affected by the strike?
IGNITE’s services, including your health & dental coverage, will continue to operate as usual. Our office will remain open Monday to Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. to serve student needs. The only services which will be unavailable during this time will be our Sleep Lounge and Games Room.
Will IGNITE events be affected by the strike?
IGNITE will do it’s best to reschedule any events that were scheduled to take place during the strike. Comic Expo will take place later in the semester once classes have resumed. Unfortunately we’ve had to cancel this year’s Halloween party.
Will Humber College and UofGH services be affected by the strike?
Most Humber services including the Child Care Centre, Athletics, and tutoring services will still be available during this time. The College and the University of Guelph-Humber campuses will remain open during this time. For detailed information regarding Humber/Guelph-Humber office hours and services, please visit Humber’s website and Guelph-Humber’s website.
Where can I find more information?
You can find more information about the strike and its effects on students like you at the following: