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Thursday, November 16

OPSEU faculty have voted NO to the Colleges’ offer of settlement. The strike continues; classes remain cancelled. We will provide more information when possible.

Tuesday, November 7

Bargaining is currently ongoing. Colleges have been communicating with the OPSEU Bargaining Team through the mediator and remain at the table. In the event that a settlement cannot be reached, the Ontario Labour Relations Board (OLRB) has confirmed that a faculty vote will be held from 9:00 am, November 14th, through 10:00 am, November 16th. The vote will be conducted by electronic ballot and will ensure that the maximum number of faculty can exercise their right to vote.

Monday, November 6

The OPSEU faculty bargaining unit has rejected a revised offer from Ontario Colleges that addressed the concerns raised at the bargaining table. Ontario colleges have asked the Ontario Labour Relations Board to schedule a vote on the Colleges’ offer. The vote will let our faculty decide on the offer and hopefully end the strike.

The colleges have requested that the strike be suspended and let faculty and students return to class. Suspending the strike will also allow voting at college campus locations so that the largest number of faculty are able to exercise their right to vote.

The Labour Board will determine the vote date. It is expected that the vote will take between five and ten days to organize. This length of time is why we are asking the union to allow faculty to return to class so that students will not lose another week of studies.

Attached please find details on the bargaining process from the College Employer Council: Bargaining Update; Media Release. Full details on the Colleges’ offer can be found at thecouncil.ca

Friday, November 3

There is little to update on the strike status today, but in this case, no news is good news. It means that the parties are working hard to reach an agreement that hopefully brings an end to the strike. If there are any new developments over the weekend, they will be communicated here and via email.

Thursday, November 2

Most Program classes were originally scheduled to finish by Friday, December 15th and resume on Monday, January 8th. Depending on the length of the strike, this may no longer be possible.  It is possible that classes will be held the week of December 18th and resume on January 2nd.  We will ensure that this information is included in our back-to-class messaging as soon as we are able to confirm. 

Please note that regardless of our back-to-class plans that there will be no classes scheduled between December 23rd and January 1st.

Wednesday, November 1

This morning, the College Employer Council asked the provincially-appointed mediator to resume negotiations with the OPSEU faculty bargaining union. Click here to read the news release online; click here to download the news release as a pdf.

Monday, October 30

Please note that the Brown's Cafeteria Hours of Operations will be changing effective Monday, October 30. Complimentary coffee and treats will be available outside the cafeteria after 1:00 p.m. Monday to Thursday.

Kingston Campus:
Monday to Thursday: 7:30 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.
Friday: 7:30 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Saturday & Sunday: 11:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Papa John's: Closed
The Link: Closed

Brockville & Cornwall Campuses:
Monday to Friday: 8:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.

Friday, October 27

The deadline for second semester residence fees will be postponed. These fees were originally due on November 6th. We will provide further details at a later date.

Thursday, October 26

In light of the ongoing faculty strike, St. Lawrence College will be extending the deadline for current students to submit winter semester tuition fees. Tuition fees are no longer due on November 15th. More information and new fee deadlines will be provided by the Registrar’s Office at a later date.

Wednesday, October 25

There have been no developments in strike negotiations. It is important to note that the decision to return to the bargaining table is made by a provincially-appointed mediator. When the mediator is convinced that one or the other party is ready to change a position, they will invite the parties back to the bargaining table.

Tuesday, October 24

Some recreational activities and team sports will continue during the strike. The Ontario Colleges Athletic Association (OCAA) has communicated that it will continue to conduct its varsity sports programming with no changes to current schedules or formats during a work stoppage. As of October 24, no games or tournaments have been postponed or cancelled due to the strike. The coaches for athletics teams at St. Lawrence College have not changed; no assistant or temporary coaches have been brought in during the strike. For further information, please go to www.slcathletics.com.

Monday, October 23

There have been no developments in strike negotiations. Please check out the college website daily for the latest updates.

We would also like to reiterate the following frequently asked questions:

What happens to my apprenticeship training during the strike?

Like any other full-time program, apprenticeship training is suspended for the duration of the strike. 

Are my assignments due during the strike?

Students are not expected to submit assignments or write tests in suspended programs during the strike. Any assignments due or tests scheduled during the strike will be rescheduled.

Does SLC have a plan for getting me back to class?

Plans will continue to evolve until we know the end date of the strike. The College will give students a minimum of 48 hours notice before classes begin. We will post a full back-to-class plan online when the end date of the strike is confirmed.

Friday, October 20

Hours of operation for cafeteria services have been rescheduled. Please note the new hours of operation below.

Kingston:
Pita Pit, Chefs Table, Tim Horton's) 7:30 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.
Papa Johns 11:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
Weekend hours remain the same
Link – to remain closed

Brockville:
8:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.

Cornwall:
8:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Moulinette - Closed

Thursday, October 19

All campuses are open with many services and activities available. Students are welcome on campus and are encouraged to take time during the strike to connect with peers and work ahead when possible.

  • Student government offices on all three campuses are open and student events are running
  • Libraries and bookstores are open
  • Cafeterias are open
  • Fitness facilities are operating on regularly scheduled hours

Click here to view a complete list of available services and facilities.

Wednesday, October 18

Picketing will continue at entrances to all campuses for the duration of the strike, so please continue to be respectful and courteous while College and faculty negotiators continue to work on a new collective agreement. Nothing is more important than the safety of our SLC community. As a reminder:

  • Picketing at campus entrances is a legal activity.
  • If you are entering SLC premises in a vehicle, slow down and proceed with extreme caution. It’s the law.
  • Prepare for delays to allow faculty to share information. Manage your time accordingly.
  • The courteous and respectful way to cross the picket line is to roll down your window and politely listen to the information being shared.

Slow Down. Drive safely when crossing picket lines. Give pedestrians the right of way. It's the law.

Tuesday, October 17

When there is a resolution to a strike a return to work plan will be implemented. This will include a minimum of 48 hours advance notice to students regarding the timing for classes to resume. We will communicate directly through your College email and will have similar information posted on the College website. We encourage you to check both regularly.

Monday, October 16

Student Governments at St. Lawrence College will be providing information for students on their respective websites and/or social media channels:

Brockville Student Administrative Council (SAC)

www.brockvillesac.com
www.facebook.com/BrockvilleSAC

Cornwall Student Union (CSU)

www.facebook.com/cornwallcsu

Kingston Student Association (SA)

www.facebook.com/saslc.ca

Sunday, October 15

We regret to inform you that Ontario Colleges and their academic union have been unable to reach a new contract agreement. Faculty will begin a legal strike at 12:01 on Monday morning.
 
As a result, all full-time programs at St. Lawrence College are suspended, with the exception of some work/field placement activities. 
 
The College website and your SLC email will be our main communications vehicles for sharing information with you during a strike. 
 
Our website will have regular updates on the strike. You can find information on this site that may answer some of your questions. 
 
Campuses in Cornwall, Brockville and Kingston will remain open during the strike and all managers and support staff will be at work. Most services are operating as usual. A complete list of facilities and services available can be found on this page.
 
Expect picket lines at all entrances to our campuses beginning tomorrow morning and be prepared for delays to allow faculty to share information.  
 
We want to emphasize again that this is a legal picket. Please remember that striking workers are our professors, our colleagues and our friends. This is a very difficult time for students, for staff and for faculty. We expect everyone to conduct themselves with the utmost courtesy and respect during this difficult time.

Thursday, October 12


We’re all aware that faculty at Ontario colleges are scheduled to go on strike at midnight on Sunday. We remain hopeful that the two sides can reach a contract agreement before the deadline.

In the event an agreement is not reached and to help you prepare for a Monday strike, here is some information you need to know:

- Check your SLC email or the SLC website first thing Monday morning to confirm a strike is taking place

- The College website and your SLC email will be our main communications vehicles for sharing information with you leading up to, and during, a strike

- For up-to-date information including answers to frequently asked questions:

- A strike will mean the cancellation of all full-time classes.  The College will remain open with most services and most facilities available.

- Management and Support Staff will be at work.

- Student Association and Student Union offices and services will be operating on all three campuses

In the event of a Monday strike, you can expect to see picket lines at all entrances to the College.  Expect to be delayed to allow faculty time to exchange information. 

Above all, please remember that striking workers are our professors, our colleagues and our friends. This is a very difficult time for students, for staff and for faculty. I expect everyone at SLC to be respectful and courteous while College and faculty negotiators continue to work out a new collective agreement.


Wednesday, October 11


On Tuesday, October 10, the union representing faculty across the province gave Colleges the required five days’ notice of intent to strike. A strike is currently scheduled to begin October 16.

We remain optimistic that a negotiated settlement will be reached and a work stoppage will be avoided, however, you should be aware that a complete contingency plan has been developed and will be put in place should a faculty work stoppage occur.

Here are some key things you need to know:

  • Full-time academic programs (all classes) will be suspended.  This includes any general education, online and/or hybrid courses as part of a full-time program. This applies to all courses regardless of scheduled time of day. Exceptions will be identified in the event of a work stoppage;
  • In general, Clinical and Field Placements in full-time programs will be suspended in the event of a labour disruption. Any exceptions will be communicated directly to affected students;
  • Courses offered through Continuing Education, Distance Education and Ontario Learn will continue. Exceptions will be communicated to students directly;
  • All apprenticeship training will be suspended;
  • Field trips and special events on campuses will be cancelled;
  • All three College campuses will remain open, with most services operating as usual. Exceptions will be identified in the event of a work stoppage;
  • Blackboard will remain accessible to students;
  • Computer labs, study spaces and meeting rooms will be open for student use. Other labs that carry a health and safety risk due to a lack of supervision will not be accessible;
  • Residence will remain open;
  • Campus fitness facilities will remain open; and,
  • Student government facilities will remain open.

On Wednesday, October 11, we understand the union may be holding information pickets. Access to the College will not be impeded. Classes and services will operate as scheduled.

We appreciate that this potential labour disruption creates anxiety for our students and we are committed to keeping you up-to-date on any new developments in this labour dispute.

Regular updates will be posted on the College website and communicated through your SLC email.  As always, you can find information on collective bargaining, including the bargaining positions of both the colleges and OPSEU on the website of the College Employer Council.