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Part-timers to join union

The Ontario government plans to introduce legislation this spring thatwould let part-time college teachers join a union for the first time inthe province’s history, says MPP John Milloy, Ontario’s minister oftraining, colleges and universities.


The Ontario government plans to introduce legislation this spring that would let part-time college teachers join a union for the first time in the province’s history, says MPP John Milloy, Ontario’s minister of training, colleges and universities.
But a union bid to hold a quick certification vote this week among the 12,500 workers has been turned down by the Ontario Labour Relations Board. In a quest for job security, benefits and better pay, 7,000 of the part-time teachers and support staff across 24 community colleges signed cards in the past six months saying they wish to join the Ontario Public Service Employees’ Union (OPSEU), despite a 40-year-old law that bans them from joining a union.
Ontario is the only province that prohibits part-time college workers from joining a union, and the Supreme Court of Canada ruled last summer that right is guaranteed by the constitution. While the board turned down that request, Milloy said it is just a matter of months before Ontario gives part-time college workers the legislative green light to join a union.
“We’re looking at introducing legislation sometime this spring,” said Milloy.

 
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