University of Ontario Professors Give 5-Day Advance Notice of Possible Labor Action | The Canadian News

The union that represents thousands of Ontario college professors says it has notified a possible labor action that could begin this weekend.

The Ontario Public Service Employees Union says it notified the College Employers Council five days in advance that its members could begin working to govern.

OPSEU says members voted 59 percent in favor of a strike mandate over the weekend.

The union says it issued the notice after the council, which represents university employers in the province, announced that it would impose employment conditions on professors.

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Meanwhile, the council says it announced the changes last week before the strike vote took place.

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It says the conditions that take effect on Monday are aimed at improving working conditions for employees and include a pay increase.

The council says it has not left the negotiating table and has been clear on what points it cannot accept.

The union says it has proposed continued negotiations or binding interest arbitration, as well as extending the existing collective agreement until at least January 3.

Some 15,000 members of the university faculty, including professors, instructors and librarians, have been without a contract since September 30.

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