With a 95% turnout in the vote among the Ontario Public Service Employees Union, 86% voted to reject the offer presented by the colleges. This, after weeks of negotiations and students being out of the classroom.
Premier Kathleen Wynne issued a statement after word of the vote broke, saying students have “been in the middle of this strike for too long, and it’s not fair.”
The premier will meet with representatives from both sides Thursday afternoon “to discuss how we can resolve this situation immediately and get students back to class where they belong. We are looking at all of our options, but I am hopeful that an agreement to return students to class immediately can be reached by the parties.”
For now, the Union’s 12,000 members remain on strike.