Day 3 of St. Lawrence College OPSEU Strike by Marshall Waddell 101818

Cornwall Ontario – It’s “hump day” on the picket line for faculty at SLC (St. Lawrence College) Cornwall, where members of Local 417 OPSEU (Ontario Public Service Employees Union), are on day 3 of strike action.


Local 417 represents the librarians, counsellors and faculty at all three campuses of St. Lawrence College (Brockville, Kingston and Cornwall).


All classes at SLC (except for Distance and Continuing Education) are now cancelled but the college remains open with some services and facilities still available to students – who are encouraged to continue study and group work.


The strike officially started at 12:01a.m Monday following the rejection of final proposals to the “Employer” (The College Employer Council), by the “Union” (the College Academic Staff), represented by OPSEU.


While it’s no surprise that college administrators might reject demands for better salary and benefits – since neither the Government nor the economic climate in Ontario encourage improved funding – that doesn’t seem to be the obstacle.


Instead, it appears that while the “Union” has made some modest monetary demands, it is otherwise prepared to renew the current agreement with only a narrow range of modifications… the sticking points appear to be non-cost items:

– a 50:50 ratio of full-time to contract faculty, which currently sits at over 70% contract faculty;

– increased job security for partial-load faculty, who currently work on one‑semester contracts; and

– academic freedom to give faculty a stronger voice in academic decision‑making.


This all has the curious look of progressive academia seeking fairness, dignity, and professional autonomy, versus a divisive and politicized institution losing touch with its reason for being.


  1. I don’t know what these idiots who call themselves teachers are striking for. When my daughter went to that college for a year when we were in Cornwall it was a big loss of money and time and the teachers were never in the classrooms. It wasn’t until we left Cornwall and came to Ottawa and my daughter went to a private college where teachers were in the classroom and even sent notes by e-mail.

  2. Teachers are members of that profession that creates all others.

    They are dedicated to imparting the knowledge and thinking skills that will serve learners throughout their lives. As professionals, teachers expect to do so in a workplace that fosters excellence and the public interest, and in an environment that respects dignity and ethical values.

    That’s all they’re striking for.

  3. Teachers (if you want to call them that) are there for their own benefit and whether a student passes or fails they don’t care at all. Everything boils down to dollars and cents and at the end of their shift they leave. Many don’t even show up and it wasn’t until my daughter went to a private school that teachers did their jobs. The public education is very low and not worth the money.

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