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Academic Strike

Academic Bargaining is currently in progress for the academic employees’ collective agreement, which expired on September 30, 2017. Students, media and the public can view all updates related to the strike on this page. The strike began on Monday, October 16, 2017.

Students should refer to messaging below and to the Frequently Asked Questions for ALL STUDENTS (PDF) … and additional Frequently Asked Questions for INTERNATIONAL Students (PDF)…

Other Questions/Concerns? E-mail strike@confederationcollege.ca and we will respond as soon as possible. Common questions and their responses may get posted to this webpage. 


October 19, 2017 Update - Regional Information Pickets

October 15, 2017 Update - Strike Begins

October 11, 2017 Update - Potential Strike

October 19, 2017

Please note that the OPSEU CAAT Academic Union has given notice that they will be holding information pickets at some of our regional campuses as per the below schedule. As always, safety will continue to be of the utmost concern for Confederation College. Please be patient and respectful when crossing picket lines, and refer to the Regional Picket Line Protocol for more information. 

  • October 23 - Greenstone Campus (Geraldton) - 10:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. EDT  
  • October 23 - Dryden Campus - 3:00 - 6:00 p.m. CST
  • October 24 - Sioux Lookout Campus - 3:00 - 6:00 p.m. CST
  • November 1 - Lake of the Woods Campus (Kenora) - 3:00 - 6:00 p.m. CST
  • November 2 - Rainy River District Campus (Fort Frances) -  3:00 - 6:00 p.m. CST

October 15, 2017

Please be advised that the OPSEU CAAT Academic Union has confirmed that a strike will begin on Monday, October 16, 2017 across Ontario Colleges, including Confederation College. Classes for all academic programming at Confederation have been cancelled for the duration of the strike. Many college services will remain available.

Confederation College will ensure that our students have the opportunity to complete their year. It is important to note that no student at an Ontario college has ever lost their year due to a strike. 

As always, safety will continue to be of the utmost concern for Confederation College. Please be patient and respectful when crossing picket lines, and refer to the Picket Line Protocol for more information. People should expect picket lines at each of the four entrances to the Thunder Bay campus, as well as a picket line at the entrance to the Aviation Centre of Excellence. At this time, there are no planned picket lines for our regional campuses.

Below is a summary of what to expect for the duration of the strike:

  • All academic delivery has ceased at Confederation College. This includes Workforce Development/Contract Training, Continuing and Distance Education, Co-op and Work Placements, Apprenticeships, Academic Upgrading, and International, Collaborative and     Dual-Credit programming. This means that all classes have been cancelled until further notice.
  • Regional campuses and all Thunder Bay campus buildings will remain open unless otherwise notified. Reduced hours may be in effect and will be communicated in advance of any changes to operating hours
  • The SUCCI Wellness Centre – Minowaadiziiwin, Health Centre, Children and Family Centre and Northwest Employment Works (NEW) will remain open for the duration of the strike.
  • Sodexo (food services) will remain open in the Ryan Hall Cafeteria of the Shuniah Building at Thunder Bay’s main campus. All other locations have been closed for the duration of the strike. Reduced hours are in effect for Ryan Hall as follows:
    • Monday-Friday, 8:30am-6:30pm
    • Saturday and Sunday, 11:00am-6:00pm
  • The Follett Bookstore will remain open with reduced hours effective Monday, October 23. Hours of operation for the duration of the strike are Monday-Friday, 10:00am-3:00pm.
  • Recreational programming will be offered by SUCCI, the International Education Centre and CICE.
  • SUCCI, APIWIN, the International Education Centre, Paterson Library Commons and computer labs will remain open for students.
  • The public is advised not to use Confederation College’s roadways for through traffic.
  • Those coming to campus should expect delays. Please be patient and respectful when entering the College and crossing picket lines. Refer to the Picket Line Protocol for more information.
  • City of Thunder Bay Transit stops have been temporarily relocated outside of the main entrances for Confederation College. See the temporary transit locations.

Updates will continue to be posted throughout the strike to the dedicated webpage: www.confederationcollege.ca/academic-strike. Once notice of a return to work/study has been received (at the end of the strike), students will be advised directly via e-mail, in addition to a message being posted to our website and social media platforms.

We appreciate that this is a difficult situation for you and thank you for your understanding. We ask that you respect faculty and other employees of the College as this process continues. We also encourage you to ask questions and raise concerns e-mailing strike@confederationcollege.ca or by contacting your Dean.

 

October 11, 2017

Please be advised that late yesterday, October 10, the OPSEU CAAT Academic Union gave notice that a strike action will start on Monday, October 16. Though there is still opportunity for a settlement to be reached by Sunday, October 15, Confederation College is preparing to initiate its contingency plan.

If there is a strike, Confederation College will ensure that our students have the opportunity to complete their year. It is important to note that no student at an Ontario college has ever lost their year due to a strike. 

Should a strike begin on Monday, the following summarizes what students and the public can expect:

  • All academic delivery will cease at Confederation College. This includes Workforce Development/Contract Training, Continuing and Distance Education, Co-op and Work Placements, and International and Collaborative programming.
  • Regional campuses and all Thunder Bay campus buildings will remain open unless otherwise notified. Reduced hours may be in effect and will be communicated.
  • The SUCCI Wellness Centre – Minowaadiziiwin, Health Centre, Children and Family Centre and Follett Bookstore and will remain open for the duration of the strike.
  • Sodexo (food services) will remain open, however certain locations may be closed and reduced hours may be in effect. Details will be communicated accordingly. 
  • Recreational programming will be offered by SUCCI, the International Education Centre and CICE.
  • APIWIN, computer labs and the Paterson Library Commons will remain open for students.
  • The public will be advised not to use Confederation College’s roadways for through traffic. Those coming to campus should expect delays.
  • City of Thunder Bay Transit stops will be temporarily relocated outside of the main entrances for Confederation College.

As always, safety will continue to be of the utmost concern for Confederation College. Please be patient and respectful if crossing picket lines, and refer to the Picket Line Protocol for more information.  

A confirmation of strike or settlement will be provided in advance of Monday, October 16 to alert students and the public to the result. This confirmation may be issued as late as Sunday evening. Additional details will be provided to students via e-mail at that time regarding what to expect.

Updates will also be posted to the dedicated webpage: www.confederationcollege.ca/academic-strike.

We appreciate that this is a difficult situation for you, our students and thank you for your understanding. We ask that you respect faculty and other employees of the College as this process continues. We also encourage you to ask questions and raise concerns by contacting your Dean.