Back-to-work bill passes

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After three days of debate, Liberal government and Progressive Conservative MPPs joined forces Sunday to pass legislation sending strike college teachers - and their students - back to class over NDP objections.

The bill was blocked by the NDP and all parties agreed to work through the weekend to finish the process. "They have indicated to us that they are very frustrated".

Campbell said she wanted to see students back in classrooms without losing their year, but not at the expense of the union's right to strike and not without resolving the issues dividing the parties.

Since Oct. 16, Ontario's 12,000 college professors, instructors, counsellors, and librarians have been on a five-week strike over reducing the number of partial-load instructors and academic freedom, leaving 500,000 full-time and part-time students out of class, according to local television network CTV Sunday.

Back-to-work bill passes
Back-to-work bill passes

Glenn Vollebregt, president and chief executive officer of St. Lawrence College, announced on Twitter, shortly after the bill passed, that students should return to their classes as scheduled on Tuesday, November 21.

On Sunday, the 24 colleges involved in the strike welcomed the back-to-work legislation, saying all efforts at the bargaining table had been exhausted.

Ontario Public Service Employees' Union members voted more than 80 per cent against a proposed contract last week.

Don Sinclair, the CEO of the College Employer Council, says one day after the legislation passes faculty will return to the colleges to prepare for students to return the day after.

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