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.
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.