The University of Guelph-Humber informed students via email on Thursday that a strike will come into effect on Oct. 16 if there is no agreement reached with the Ontario college union.
The union representing full-time and partial-load faculty at all Ontario colleges have given the required five days’ notice that a strike is possible.
This includes Humber professors at GH, but would shut down all classes for the duration of the strike.
The email, and a statement posted on the GH website, went out via the university’s GryphMailservice in a follow up to an email on Oct. 5 that informed students about the OPSEU negotiations.
An email sent out Thursday afternoon by Dr. John Walsh said the school was committed to keeping students updated, encouraging them to check email and the Guelph-Humber updates page over the weekend and before heading to classes on Monday, when the strike could take place.
What to know
In a list of FAQ’s posted online, Guelph-Humber outlines a few key details.
- Assignments are not due and tests will not be held during a strike, but GH recommends that students continue to work and study as usual.
- The building will be open for use as per usual, including labs.
- Parking and residence will not be affected.
- Students may have to cross a picket line to enter the facility.
- Guelph University staff would also not be teaching “due to restricted access we would be unable to offer programs and classes in their entirety”.
Further questioning by this writer in regards to the history of union strikes at Guelph-Humber was redirected towards the emails and updates on the website which mentioned no further information.
Normally I would turn to applicable media, namely a school publication, to divulge more into this to find out more information, but Guelph-Humber seems to be lacking that for the moment. That is why I have taken it upon myself to launch The GH Post.
Thus, I have taken upon myself to cover the events as they unfold and compile any and all information I can glean over the next few days in the case of a strike to keep people informed in a layman and straightforward way, as a school publication should be doing.