Unionized support staff at Ontario’s community colleges went on strike Thursday morning just days before students return for a new school year.
Members of the Ontario Public Service Employees Union rallied in front of George Brown College’s St. James campus in downtown Toronto, waving signs and chanting as a few motorists honked in support.
Striking support staff also marched at Durham College campuses in Whitby and Oshawa.
The union represents about 8,000 cleaners, food service staff, registration officers and other workers at the province’s 24 colleges.
Rod Bemister, chairman of the OPSEU bargaining committee, said he expects students to face delays getting on campus and accessing services once the fall semester begins Tuesday.
The colleges say they will continue to operate during the strike and have plans to help students move into residences this weekend and deal with any disruptions.