Policy and Political Action

Policy & Political Action

Urge the province to fairly and swiftly settle strike at 24 colleges

Faculty at Ontario’s 24 colleges have been on strike since Oct. 16 while their union has been trying to negotiate a settlement that would give them stable employment and a say in decisions in their classrooms. This labour dispute is having a direct impact on nursing education and could affect the future of the nursing profession across the province.

Nursing students deserve quality education by qualified nursing instructors. It is challenging to attract and retain nursing instructors when employment is all too often part-time and contract work.

This issue effects not only faculty but also the thousands of students enrolled in a college program. Losing four weeks of education is unacceptable and could jeopardize the careers of current nursing students who need to be properly educated so they can provide safe and effective patient care.

A fair and swift settlement, negotiated by both sides in good faith, is what is needed to address the demands in this dispute, including better working conditions for college faculty. This is the only way to get nursing faculty and nursing students back in the classroom.

Copies will be sent to:

  • Hon. Kathleen Wynne, Premier of Ontario
  • Hon. Deborah Matthews, Minister of Advanced Education and Skills Development
  • Hon. Eric Hoskins, Minister of Health and Long-Term Care
  • Hon. Kevin Flynn, Minister of Labour
  • Patrick Brown, Leader of the Official Opposition
  • Andrea Horwath, Leader of the New Democratic Party of Ontario
  • Lorne Coe, PC Critic for Post-Secondary Education
  • Peggy Sattler, NDP Critic for Advanced Education, Skills and Development
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