Faculty Only Work Stoppage FAQ October 2017

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Effective Monday, October 16, 2017 at 12:01am, the team bargaining on behalf of the province's 24 Colleges and the OPSEU union representing 12,000 full time faculty, partial load faculty, counsellors and librarians, could not reach an agreement, and all faculty are now in a work stoppage.

All full time day classes, evening Continuing Education classes, day and evening apprenticeship classes are suspended until further notice. IMPORTANT NOTICE: All classes at the Ace Acumen campus in Toronto are still running as scheduled. Please read the information below and note that St. Clair College is open to students and staff as follows:

Reduced hours of operation to 8:00 am to 6:00 pm and closed from 6:00 pm to 8:00 am for all campuses (Windsor, Chatham, St. Clair College Centre for the Arts, MediaPlex, TD Student Centre) unless otherwise stated below.

  1. Will there be email and computer access?

    Email/Computer Access: Email and all computer access for Students will remain active; however, Faculty will not be communicating with students on blackboard, email or other means of media, as they have withdrawn their services from the College.
  2. How do I get into the College?

    • Entrances for the Main Windsor Campus: Both the main entrances will remain open (Cabana and Highway 3). The St. Clair College Centre for the Arts and the MediaPlex entrances will remain open.
    • The main entrance at the Chatham Campus will remain open.
  3. What Services are available?

    • On-campus Windsor Family Health Centres remain open during the work stoppage.
      • Main Campus - room 164 - 519-972-2380
      • St. Clair College Centre for the Arts - room B014 - 519-972-2380
      • Chatham Campus - room 147 - 519-354-9100 ext. 3800
      • On campus crisis/emergencies - please dial ext. 4911 in Windsor or ext. 3911 in Chatham
    • Tutoring
    • Library
    • Help Desk
    • Open Computer Labs
    • Registration / Financial Aid
    • Technical support available in the FCEM, CCIP, Tech and Trades (Chatham), Mediaplex, St. Clair College Centre for the Arts, Main Windsor Campus
    • HealthPlex - normal hours of operation
    • All Student Representative Council services and Thames Student Incorporated Services will be operating, and its offices and facilities will be open.
    • Limited Food services will be available as outlined below:
      • Subway will remain open from 10:00 am to 3:00 pm.
      • Tim Horton’s in the Student Centre will remain open from 7:00 am to 1:00 pm.
      • The St. Clair College Centre for the Arts Food Services will remain open from 8:00 am to 2:00 pm.
      • Food Services at the Chatham Campus will be available from 8:30 am to 2:00 pm.
  4. Would classes be suspended if there was a Faculty work stoppage?

    YES. The following classes will be suspended:
    • All full time day classes.
    • All Evening Continuing Education classes.
    • All day and evening apprenticeship classes.
    • All Credit and Non-Credit classes, including all swimming classes.
    • All On-line courses.
    • All Thursday afternoon dual credit classes will be suspended for the duration of the work stoppage. Classes will resume once the Faculty work stoppage is over.
    • The Secondary School Boards will continue with high school curriculum at alternate locations for all School Within A College (SWAC) Classes. Please contact your SWAC teacher to find out where classes will be held during the faculty strike.
  5. Will the College remain open if there is a work stoppage?

    YES. Students will be able to access the College campus from both the Huron Church entrance and the Cabana Road entrance in Windsor, the main entrances to the St. Clair College Centre for the Arts and the MediaPlex. The Grand Avenue entrance in Chatham will also remain open. Please note the College will be open from 8:00 am to 6:00 pm.

  6. What happens if I’m on work placement, field placement or clinical placement?

    Your work placement will be suspended for the length of the strike.

  7. If the work stoppage went on for an extended period of time could students lose their year?

    During the past three Faculty strikes, no students lost their school year. St. Clair College would do everything possible to ensure that students would not lose their year.

  8. Will students receive a tuition rebate for time out of the classroom?

    We sympathize with students who are frustrated that a strike has been called by OPSEU. The notion of a rebate presumes that students will not receive their academic year. No Ontario college student has ever lost their academic year because of a work stoppage and we fully expect that students will be able to complete their academic year once this strike has ended.

  9. How will my mid-term grades be affected?

    The week of October 16, 2017 also coincided with the mid-term point of the fall 2017 semester. As the practice for the past several years, students receive a snapshot of their academic progress at mid-term from their instructors on the Student Information System. Please be advised that at this time, the mid-term status will be postponed until the work stoppage has concluded.

  10. Is my College the only one affected?

    NO. All 24 Colleges of Applied Arts and Technology in the Province of Ontario would be affected by the work stoppage.

  11. Has there been this kind of work stoppage before?

    YES. Work stoppage votes have resulted in work stoppages in the past. There was an OPSEU Support Staff work stoppage in 1979 and 2011. The OPSEU Faculty local experienced work stoppages in 1984, 1989 and 2006. It is important to note that no student has ever lost their school year as a result of a past faculty strike.

  12. Where can I get more information?

    You are encouraged to visit the following web sites on a regular basis for updates at www.stclaircollege.ca, www.thecouncil.ca or www.opseu.org

  13. What will happen to students if there is a strike?

    Colleges have contingency plans in place in case there is a strike. Colleges will be communicating directly with students in the event of strike. Please be assured that no student has ever lost their academic year because of a work stoppage.

  14. If I am a student in the ACE/LBS program, how will the work stoppage affect me?

    For students in the ACE/LBS, all classes will be suspended during the work stoppage. However, the college with continue the process of taking in new students, completing assessments, entering data into CAMs, completing follow ups with students, and registering students.

    All classes will resume after the work stoppage ends.

  15. Transit Windsor

    All Transit Windsor pick-ups and Drop-offs will be at the existing Bus stops at Cabana Road and Glenwood Ave. This includes transit service and transfers for LaSalle.

  16. What is appropriate etiquette in approaching a picket line?

    Please be advised that you should expect to experience delays in entering (and departing) the College campuses due to the presence of picket lines. Whether driving or walking onto the campus, please be prepared to stop.

    Please be courteous and respectful of others and be prepared to wait until you can safely pass through the picket line.

    It is of the utmost importance to remain calm. Please proceed slowly, ensuring the safety of others.