Apparently, the major stumbling block in the strike between the professors and the Ontario Colleges is the ratio between part time and full time teachers and the amount of say that the teachers have in the curriculum and daily workings of the college. There isn’t a major discrepancy in wages or benefits.
According to a spokesperson for the picketing teachers, their first proposal on the issue of ratio was 80% to 20%. The negotiators for the Colleges came back and stated that that would cost in excess of $400,000,000, so the teachers went back and decided to go back to the table with a 70-30% ratio. The college negotiating team, once again said that that would also cost in excess of $400,000,000. The teachers, once again, packed up their things and discussed the matter. Once they decided on a new proposal of a 60-40% ratio they returned to the table and made the new proposal, and once again they got the same answer, in excess of $400,000,000.
So who do you believe, the teachers that came down from 80-20% to 60-40%, or the colleges that haven’t changed their position, even though the numbers were reduced in their favour.
The strike involves 12,000 professors, instructors, councillors, and librarians and 500,000 students that are missing out on their education. Negotiations are a fact of life but it’s time to stop all the lies and get working on a settlement for everybody’s benefit.