Mohawk College students are facing the possibility of a teacher’s strike next week.
“Today was another frustrating day of bargaining, during which our employer once again refused to consider key faculty issues. They have walked away from the table,” said JP Hornick, chair of the union bargaining team in a statement. “The purpose of setting a strike deadline is to get negotiations moving – before it’s too late.”
OPSEU, which represents teachers, counsellors and librarians at Ontario colleges has called a strike for 12:01 a.m. on Monday, Oct. 16.
Mohawk College president Ron McKerlie sent out an e-mail to all students to reassure them, writing: “No student at an Ontario college has ever lost their year due to a strike. Mohawk will make sure that all students get the opportunity to complete their semester.”
While the strike is not yet a certainty, the threat of a strike has already had an impact on the college. Convocation ceremonies set for Oct. 20 have had to be postponed, though McKerlie promised graduating students this would not affect their credentials.