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Notice of Strike by Academic Union - Oct. 16

October 11, 2017
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Confederation College

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:

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.