OTTAWA — Algonquin College is preparing its students for the possibility of a strike or lockout involving the province’s 24,000 college academic staff.
In the event of a work stoppage, Algonquin says all of its classes will be cancelled with a few exceptions. Continuing education classes in the evenings would continue, as would co-op placements and courses in collaborative programs with other schools — like uOttawa, Carleton University and Nippissing University — taught by faculty from those institutions.
Algonquin’s buildings — including its computer labs, study spaces and meeting rooms — will remain open for student use.
In a mass e-mail late Wednesday afternoon, Algonquin College President Cheryl Jensen says no student would lose their year because of any work stoppage — but did not detail how the year could be salvaged.
OPSEU, the union representing faculty at Ontario’s 24 public colleges, has set a strike deadline of 12:01 a.m., Monday. The union says the key issues for its members include giving faculty and students more of a voice in academic decisions, as well as what it calls the “ongoing exploitation of contract faculty.”
with files from The Canadian Press