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Ont. College Strike Closer As Union Rejects Final Offer

A strike by Ontario’s community college teachers is one step closer to becoming a reality as their union rejected a final offer this week.

After several days of negotiations, Ontario’s College Compensation and Appointments Council put the deal on the table Wednesday, but the Ontario Public Service Employees Union shot down the offer.

Management has requested that the union let its 9,000 members review the deal and put it to a vote. It claims the latest offer was the best one yet because the contract is shortened to three years instead of four and offers higher salary increases.

The union claims salaries aren’t a major sticking point in negotiations, but instead it’s stressing the need for increased preparation time and workload changes.

Fifty-seven per cent of teachers voted in favour of a strike mandate earlier this month. The job action would affect at least 200,000 students.