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Strike looming at colleges

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TORONTO—The union representing faculty at Ontario's 24 public colleges has set a strike deadline of 12:01 a.m. on Oct. 16.

The Ontario Public Service Employees Union said in a news release late Tuesday that the date was set after the College Employer Council walked away from the bargaining table.

J.P. Hornick, the chair of the OPSEU bargaining team, said the employer again refused to consider key issues in the ongoing dispute.

She noted the goal of setting a strike deadline “is to get negotiations moving before it's too late.”

However, the council said it did not walk away from the table.

OPSEU, which represents more than 12,000 employees in the college system, has said the key issues include giving faculty and students more of a voice in academic decisions and what it calls the “ongoing exploitation of contract faculty.”

Hornick said the employer “is not moving forward on the issues faculty care about most—even in the case of no-cost items like academic freedom or longer contracts for contract faculty.”

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