Student FAQ: Strike Deadline
The college faculty bargaining team announced a strike starting on Friday March 18th. The strike won’t happen if the College Employer Council agrees to act beforehand.
In contract negotiations, two sides bargain to reach an agreement. Both sides met starting July 2021 to discuss issues. Since December, management has refused to meet.
If management (the CEC and college presidents) agree to send the dispute to a mediator to break the impasse–called binding interest arbitration, which is how these situations are normally settled–then this strike can be avoided.
Professors/faculty do NOT WANT a strike.
Given that the CEC has until Thursday at midnight to respond, please continue to attend your classes, placements, submit assignments, and complete tests/quizzes until the college has confirmed that the strike has started.
What does a strike mean?
A strike is a complete work stoppage. All programs, placements and classes will stop. While you will likely still have access to FOL, no new content or assessments will be posted for the duration of the strike.
Could I still contact my professors at this time?
Your professors will not be on FOL or answering emails during the strike.
Will there be mental health supports / academic advising / school events during this time?
Counsellors are faculty and will be on strike. So, you will not have access to their services.
Academic advisors are support staff and will not be on strike. So, you will have access to their services. Please check with your program.
For school events, please contact the FSU to ask about upcoming events or initiatives: Fanshawe Student Union (fsu.ca)
How long could a strike last?
Typically, in the past, college strikes lasted a few weeks. Historically, strikes were resolved in time for term completion.
What happens when we come back after a strike? What happens to the term?
In the past, extra weeks have been added to the term. Upon return, course content and assignments may need to be reduced, rescheduled, and modified to fit a shortened timeline. This will be determined by your individual faculty and programs.
Thankfully, no term has ever been lost due to a strike.
How will the classes be made up?
In the past, course professors ensured that all necessary and required content to meet course learning outcomes is delivered. Some content may be reduced to essentials. Professors will re-work the course plan to reach learning objectives for the course. As stated above, assignments may be reduced or redesigned with new due dates.
Should I try to keep up with content? Should I read ahead?
You are not expected to do coursework during the strike. You can choose to review content or work on assignments in progress, but it is not required.
What can I do to help end the dispute?
Please help put pressure on the college presidents to break this impasse. The colleges listen to students.
You can send a form letter to President Devlin at this link: https://www.collegefaculty.org/write-your-college-president/
If you want to write your own message, President Peter Devlin’s email is firstname.lastname@example.org
You can also write your local member of parliament, find their information here:
What are professors fighting for?
- Workload issues: Professors are asking for additional time to grade student work and additional prep time to build online classes.
- Fighting the gig economy: 72% of Fanshawe professors are not full-time faculty—they are on short-term contracts from term to term. They are “gig” workers. They are also paid much less. The bargaining team is trying to win more stability, fairness, and pay equity for these professors. Gig work is terrible for our society, and students too. We need to fight the gig work economy together.
- Fighting privatization: Management wants to contract out professor, counsellor, and librarian work to private corporations. Such deals for profit weaken public college education, a great system worth protecting for all students.
- Salary is not being negotiated during this contract round.
How did events lead to a strike?
If you want more details, here is some history: https://www.opseu110.ca/student-faq-on-work-to-rule/