Classes resume at Georgian College after faculty strike ends

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A back-to-work bill that would end a strike by college faculty in Ontario appears on track to be pushed through the legislature on Sunday.

St. Clair College spokesman John Fairley has told BlackburnNewsWindsor.com that only a week of instruction would be lost despite the length of the strike. "It's time to put this ugly chapter behind us, and to get focused on ensuring college students get back in the classroom as soon as possible".

Five weeks that showed that the students seemed to be the only adults in the room in this unnecessary disruption in their education.

The back-to-work legislation was passed by 39-18 votes in the Ontario Provincial Assembly late on Sunday to make the teachers end the longest college strike in Ontario's history. OPSEU members voted over a two-day period last week and 87% rejected the offer once the ballots were counted on Thursday.

George Brown's winter semester will finish on January 19th in order to accommodate the missed time. Classes have been extended to December 23 and will resume on January 2.

Students will be able to apply to their college for financial assistance starting this week, the province said - a process Charney Lawyers, the firm handling the proposed class action, is warning students to be wary of. "We have a small Christmas break, no reading week, and then next semester right after this semester". If it had been passed Thursday, students would have returned to class Monday instead of Tuesday. Even full-time permanent faculty with established careers and good wages to match have been supporting their colleagues who often don't know if they will have work from one semester to the next and earn considerably less on a per-term basis.

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It alleges colleges breached contracts with students by failing to provide vocational training and a full term of classes.

Ontario has officially said that full-time domestic and worldwide students will be eligible to receive up to $500 for "incremental unexpected costs they incurred".

"But when they came back and said, 'There is not a glimmer of hope, we are in a deadlock, ' that was when we moved to save the semester for students", she said.

"We would be working, making money but we didn't know the end and if we could actually get a job going", he said. We here at Niagara are committed to our students, and our fight is motivated by our steadfast commitment to see them get the quality of education they expect, deserve, and have paid for. "It's cost them thousands of dollars".

Chen said she's most anxious about the written assignments for her clinical placement because many students have not received feedback, guidance or motivation since the beginning of the strike.

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