After over 5 long, bitter weeks of protesting, negotiations and heated debate on both sides, the Ontario college strike, which has become the longest college strike in the province's history, will continue into it's sixth week after striking faculty members rejected a final offer from the College Employer Council.
Following a forced voting period that began Tuesday, the vote results show that most striking faculty members - approximately 86% - were in favour of rejecting the new contract offered by the College Employer Council.
Faculty from 24 Ontario colleges voted both online and by telephone on the final offer that if accepted, would have effectively ended the strike.
College faculty have been voting online and by telephone on the final offer, which representatives from the College Employer Council said addressed many of the concerns brought forth by members of the striking faculty and the OPSEU.
With this news, colleges will not be reopening their classrooms this Tuesday as was hoped. Individual colleges have already set preemptive plans in place in the event that faculty would vote in favour of the contract offer, which will no longer be valid. Updates are expected to come throughout the day about what will come next as the strike continues.
Source: CBC Live Stream