Students at Barrie’s Georgian College held a peaceful protest today to urge striking faculty workers and college leaders to settle their dispute.
The students occupied the outer offices of Georgian President MaryLynn West-Moynes in the sit-in designed to put pressure on both sides to end the stalemate, now in its fifth week.
Roughly 11,000 Georgian College students have been missing classes since the labour action began that involves 24 colleges across Ontario and 12,000 workers in total. As well as Barrie, Georgian has Simcoe County campuses in Midland and Collingwood as well as Orillia.
Students at today’s protect urged college administrators to take the steps necessary to end the strike and encouraged both sides of the dispute to settle their differences which included job security and the increase use of part-time staff.
The workers, represented by the Ontario Public Service Employees Union, vote tomorrow on a deal proposal from the bosses. Those results are expected by Thursday.