College faculty across Ontario are continuing to vote on the latest collective bargaining deal from the College Employee Council, with online and phone voting continuing through tomorrow.
If all 12,000 striking OPSEU members voted, 6,001 would have to vote yes for the deal to be accepted and to get students back to class next week.
But OPSEU Local 420 head Eric Bauer tells CJBQ’s Lorne Brooker Show, he doesn’t see the 185 eligible local faculty voting that way.
Bauer says if the vote does come back no, he hopes it will push the colleges to get back to the bargaining table as quickly as possible.
Meanwhile, the president of Loyalist College is hoping faculty will vote “yes” on the latest collecting bargaining offer and students can get back to class.
Dr. Anne Marie Vaughan says the college is “looking at possible scenarios” if the vote comes back as a no, but if that happens they will be in some uncharted territory.
Students say they’ve been left in limbo and are worried about the financial and other impacts that could be felt by cancelling a full semester, but seem to be supporting the faculty’s decision.
The full conversation from CJBQ’s Lorne Brooker Show can be heard by clicking here.