Students Return to St. Clair College

Teachers and faculty staff of the Ontario Public Service Employees Union walk the picket line at George Brown College in Toronto earlier this week

If the bill is approved thousands of students could be back in class on Tuesday

Queen's Park building seat of the Ontario Provincial Government.

The legislation was initially introduced Thursday evening after 86 per cent of Ontario Public Service Employees Union (OPSEU) faculty voted to reject the College Employer Council's (CEC) Nov. 6 offer. The Liberal motion was supported by the Progressive Conservatives and opposed by the New Democrats.

Students now receiving OSAP funding will receive additional funds for an extended semester in mid-December.

"This has been very hard for students", she added, describing the back-to-work law as a "last resort" to save the semester.

The Daphne Cockwell School of Nursing (DCSN) updated the strike information webpage today writing they are "hoping" to have students back in class by November 21. "This legislation ensures students can get back to the classroom and refocus on their education", says Deb Matthews, Deputy Premier, Minister of Advanced Education and Skills Development and Minister Responsible for Digital Government.

The strike saga for St. Clair College ends Tuesday as students return to class. Since day one, the Ontario PCs have been the ones standing up for students.

"It's very disappointing to see that while both sides say they were in this for the students, both sides didn't listen to the student voice that was at the table", he told CBC Toronto. And, the length of this strike will have ripple effects for months to come.

Thomas Morales is among 500,000 Ontario college students who are heading back to class Tuesday.

The bill was blocked last week by the Ontario New Democratic Party, who argued that faculty should be able to come to a deal on their own terms with the Council.

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.

The accusation drew a sharp response from NDP Leader Andrea Horwath who said Matthews was being irresponsible. "The law gives her the authority to step in and be active at that bargaining table, and she refused, letting down students and letting down faculty members", adds Horwath. "Students support faculty because we understand that teachers' working conditions directly impact the quality of our education". This was about politics. The House reconvened on Friday at 3:00 p.m.to work for unanimous support for their back-to-work legislation. The bill will still pass because the Liberals hold a majority.

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. "College students have really been let down by Wynne, time and time again".

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