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Support Staff strike averted

Ivana Pelisek | Interrobang | News | September 8th, 2008

College support staff workers, represented by the Ontario Public Service Union, and the province's College Compensation and Appointed Council were able to pot their differences aside and come to a tentative agreement.

“We are pleased to advise that a settlement has been reached between the Council and Ontario College Support Staff,” Manager of Marketing and Communications Emily Maccoccia said in a press release. “We look forward to welcoming all new and returning students and staff…”

Just this past Labour Day weekend, the two opposing sides were able to reach a fair agreement making the students' return to college a more successful one.

Having gone back and forth since the spring of this year, the negotiations can rest and students can look forward to a successful year ahead.

The support staff workers' contract, which represents 7,500 workers, was set to expire August 31 of this year, and an agreement was made literally a day before classes were set to resume.

All Ontario Colleges are now in full swing and operating, as new students took to the classrooms last week for the first time this semester.

The support staff is eagerly helping students with all their needs in order to ensure a proper start towards the school year.

Leslie McIntosh, a steward for the Local 109 strike committee, believes that the, “college cannot operate without support staff.”

On August 28, Fanshawe College support staff strike committee held a pre strike protest outside the college. The committee's goal was to inform students and visitors entering the grounds about what they were negotiating about and what they would like to accomplish. While handing out flyers to every vehicle coming to the college, everyone appeared to be respectful and took the notices without hesitation.

Take all the contributions the support staff make towards the college in order to maintain proper operation with all their services.

From registration to helping students purchase books and supplies, it is the support workers who give their all while helping students with their needs.

“Respect starts at the bargaining table,” added McIntosh.
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