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Bargaining Update

Updated: October 15, 2017

Ontario Colleges have been informed that all full-time and partial-load faculty of the Ontario college system, including those at Humber, is on strike as of Monday, October 16, 2017.

This includes Humber full-time and partial-load faculty that teach at University of Guelph-Humber.

All University of Guelph-Humber full-time, continuing education, intensive weekend, hybrid, online (day, evening and weekend) and corporate training classes are suspended during the strike. 

University of Guelph-Humber is located on the Humber College North campus. Due to picketing activity and restricted access to campus, UofGH is open, but all classes are currently suspended as we are unable to offer classes and programs in their entirety to our entire student base. This decision has been made in the best interest and safety of UofGH students. Contingency plans are being developed to endeavour to ensure students can achieve their learning goals.

Students are asked to contact their placement coordinators directly regarding the status of clinical and field placement activity.

All work-study contracts will continue. Any students on work-study contracts should contact their manager to determine the impact of the strike on their upcoming schedule and duties. 

UofGH and Humber campuses, as well as Employment Ontario offices remain open with student and client services and supports available. Please visit https://www.guelphhumber.ca/life/student-services and https://www.guelphhumber.ca/life/health for a list of all available supports and services.

Humber varsity athletic games will continue as scheduled. External organizations’ conferences and events held at UofGH will continue as planned. UofGH’s participation in selected off-site activities will also continue during the strike.

OPSEU, the union representing Humber full-time and partial load faculty has established picket lines at UofGH and Humber campus entrances. Anyone travelling to/from campus should expect delays and plan accordingly.

While we are unable to predict how long a strike may last, please know that UofGH is committed to student success and we will endeavour to ensure that all students have the opportunity to achieve their learning goals.

UofGH encourages students to use time during the strike to catch up on course work, readings and assignments, and review course material. Academic supports and student services, including those offered by the UofGH Student Services will be available during and after the strike.

Campus Hours of Operation During a Strike

  • University of Guelph-Humber, 7 a.m. – 11 p.m. (weekdays), 8 a.m. – 9 p.m. (weekends)
  • Humber North Campus, 6:30 a.m. to 6 p.m.
  • North Campus Learning Commons (LRC 3rd floor), 24/7

Please continue to check this page for updates. If you have any immediate questions or concerns, please call 416.798.1331 Ext. 6084 or contact your respective program head.

Is Humber the only college with faculty on strike?

No. Full-time and partial-load faculty across all Ontario colleges are on strike. This includes Humber full-time and partial load faculty that teach at University of Guelph-Humber.

Are classes suspended during the strike?

Yes. All University of Guelph-Humber (UofGH) and Humber full-time, continuing education, hybrid, intensive weekend, online (day, evening and weekend) and all corporate training classes are suspended during the strike.

There is no impact on UofGH student work placements on or off-campus. Students should attend their work/clinical placement/internship as scheduled. Students should contact their Placement Coordinator if they have questions or concerns.

All work-study contracts will continue. Any students on work-study contracts should contact their manager to determine the impact of the strike on their upcoming schedule and duties.

External organizations’ conferences and events held at UofGH will continue as planned. UofGH’s participation in selected off-site activities will also continue during the strike.

Why is University of Guelph-Humber suspending all classes?

University of Guelph-Humber is located on the Humber College North campus. Due to picking activity and restricted access to campus, UofGH is open, but all classes are currently suspended as we are unable to offer classes programs in their entirety to our entire student base. This decision has been made in the best interest and safety of UofGH students. Contingency plans are being developed to endeavour to ensure students can achieve their learning goals.

Are Humber and University of Guelph-Humber campuses open during the strike?

University of Guelph-Humber and Humber are open during the strike. Hours of Operation are:

University of Guelph-Humber, 7 a.m. – 11 p.m. (weekdays) and 8 a.m. – 9 p.m. (weekends)

Humber North Campus, 6:30 a.m. to 6 p.m.

North Campus Learning Commons (LRC 3rd floor), 24/7

Facilities such as the Child Care centre, math and writing centre, libraries, open access labs and the athletic centres are available during the strike.

Non-academic student services will remain open and available to UofGH students during the strike. More information can be found at: https://www.guelphhumber.ca/life/student-services and https://www.guelphhumber.ca/life/health

What if I am scheduled to be at my clinical, internship or work placement during the strike?

There is no impact on UofGH student work placements on or off-campus. Students should attend their work/clinical placement/internship as scheduled. Students should contact their Placement Coordinator if they have questions or concerns.

Will online courses continue during the strike?

No. All online, hybrid, intensive weekend, and distance education classes, courses and programs are suspended during the strike.

Are students required to cross a picket line?

If you come to campus for an interview or appointment or to use facilities or services such as the library or athletics, you may need to cross a picket line. This may depend on whether you’re driving, walking or taking public transportation to campus. Please see our suggested picket line protocol when planning to come to campus.

How should I conduct myself when crossing a picket line?

Please see our suggested picket line protocol when planning to come to campus. Be respectful of those on strike and avoid any confrontations. Overall, we ask that anyone attempting to cross a picket line adopt the following approach:
  • Allow for extra time to enter onto campus.
  • Make your way through the line cautiously. Be aware of vehicular and pedestrian traffic around you.
  • Attempt to maintain normal relations with striking faculty.
  • Do not take any comments or actions personally.
  • Avoid provocation or confrontation with picketers.
  • Above all, exercise patience.
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If at any time, you feel uncomfortable or intimidated in attempting to cross a picket line, withdraw and call Humber Human Resources immediately at (416) 675-6622 ext. 5600.

Will students be able to stay in residence as long as they need to complete their year?

Yes, students will be able to maintain their room in residence. If the fall/winter/spring semester is extended as a result of the strike, Humber will extend residence contracts accordingly.

If a work stoppage goes on for an extended period of time, could I lose my year?

Please be assured that UofGH and Humber are committed to students’ success and we will do everything possible to endeavour to ensure that all students have the opportunity to achieve their learning goals. How that will be achieved will depend on the number of academic days affected and will vary by program.

Are students being refunded for their lost academic time?

During the strike, our first priority is to ensure that any disrupted classes resume as quickly as possible when the strike ends. The university will work with the Ministry of Advanced Education and Skills Development to review any refund policies that may be required and we will provide direction in this regard at the appropriate time.

For this Fall term (2017), when is the last day to withdraw without academic penalty?

For Fall 2017, the last day to withdraw from a UofGH course without academic penalty is Thursday, November 02. An extension will depend on the length of a strike.

Will my OSAP be affected if I am not in class?

The Ministry will be keeping us abreast of the situation, if updates to your OSAP records are required, the Ministry will communicate the appropriate actions at that time.

I am international student studying in an affected University of Guelph-Humber program. Will my study visa be impacted? Am I able to work while my classes are suspended?

Your study permit will be not be affected by the strike. You may however need to apply for an extension to your permit. The length of the strike and the current expiry date on your study permit will determine if an extension is required.

International students are not permitted to work full-time during the strike but may continue to work part-time provided they hold an off campus work permit. International students with a co-op work permit may work full-time during the strike if they are pursuing a full-time co-op, internship, or work placement.

For reference please see Conditions of Work on the following link: http://www.cic.gc.ca/english/resources/tools/temp/students/work-off-camp...

How will the strike affect other UofGH and Humber staff?

All other staff are expected to report for work and their activities will be determined on a day-to-day basis.

Will the strike affect the community’s access to UofGH’s and Humber’s facilities?

UofGH and Humber will make every effort to provide services as long as possible. UofGH and Humber will endeavour to provide sufficient notice if some operations are to be reduced or suspended during the period of the work stoppage.

Is the Child Care Centre open during the strike?

Yes, the Humber day care centre is open, and the ‘hand print’ pass protocol is in place for Child Care Centre families and caregivers entering onto campus during the strike. If parents of current or prospective day care children have questions, please contact Sally Kotsopoulos at Humber at sally.kotsopoulos@humber.ca or 416-675-6622 x 4484.

Is public transit still available during the strike?

Yes. All public transit servicing Humber campuses and UofGH is still available. Please note that not all busses may come directly onto campus, and alternate bus stops may be established.

Is on-campus parking still available during a potential strike?

Yes, parking at all campuses will be available during a strike.

Will the shuttle bus from Queen's Plate parking lot to UofGH and Humber North Campus be available during a strike?

No. The Queen’s Plate parking lot is closed and the shuttle bus is not operating during the strike. Queen’s Plate pass holders, students and visitors should park in lots 1 and 13 at North Campus.

Will Gryphmail and Courselink be available during the strike?

Yes, Gryphmail and Courselink will be available to all staff and students during the strike. Open Access computer labs will also be open and available during the strike.

Will the strike affect a future application for Permanent Residency?

No. Your application will be evaluated according to the parameters outlined on the IRCC website: http://www.cic.gc.ca/english/resources/tools/temp/students/post-grad.asp

I’m an International student. Am I able to leave Canada and go home during the strike?

You may leave the country during a strike if you have a valid visa and study permit that will allow you to return. We strongly advise you to stay in Canada as we do not know how long the strike will last.

Will Humber Varsity Athletics games still happen during the strike?

Yes, Humber varsity athletics game will continue as scheduled. For more information visit http://humberhawks.ca/landing/index

Are assignments/tests/exams due during the strike?

No. Students are not expected to submit assignments or complete tests/exams during the strike. PLEASE NOTE that students will be responsible for submitting assignments, writing tests and exams and fulfilling their academic obligations when classes resume.

Will the libraries be open during the strike?

Yes. The libraries will remain open during the strike. Hours are:
North Library:
Monday to Thursday: 7:30 a.m. to 10 p.m.
Friday: 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Saturday-Sunday: 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Where can I find further information?

Please visit www.guelphhumber.ca/updates and www.humber.ca/updates, and check the UofGH Student Facebook and Twitter accounts for updates during the work stoppage.

I’m a UofGH student and I’m concerned about my mental health. Are supports available to me during the strike?

Please visit https://www.guelphhumber.ca/life/student-services and https://www.guelphhumber.ca/life/health for a list of all available supports and services.

The Humber Student Wellness and Accessibility Centre will remain open, and staff there can assist you with accessing appropriate supports, either on or off campus. Students who wish to see a counsellor they saw before the strike will have the option to wait until the strike is over or seek support from a health practitioner in the Student Wellness and Accessibility Centre. Services include support from our nursing team, mental health nurse and our general physicians.

There is also a free, confidential help line for postsecondary students who need some support. It’s available 24/7 and you can find more information here: https://good2talk.ca/.

Which employees are on strike?

The Academic Collective agreement applies only to Humber academics with full-time and partial-load status (professors, counsellors and librarians). More details about employment status can be found below.

Full-time = part of the academic bargaining unit and would be on strike
Partial-load (teach 7-12hrs/wk) = part of the academic bargaining unit and would be on strike
Part-time (teach 6 hrs/wk or less) = NOT part of the academic bargaining unit. Not expected to report to work because classes would be suspended.
Sessional (teach 13-18 hrs/wk) = NOT part of the academic bargaining unit. Not expected to report to work because classes would be suspended.

If a Humber faculty member is unsure of their status, they should speak with their manager.

Will the strike affect Winter 2018 course selection?

No. Winter 2018 course selection/registration will commence as scheduled. Please see https://www.guelphhumber.ca/registrar/webadvisor for selection dates.

LIST OF SCHOOL CONTACTS

Students who have questions during the strike may reach their Program Head or Assistant Program Head:

University of Guelph-Humber’s main phone line: 416-798-1331
 

Business

Dr. George Bragues (Program Head)

george.bragues@guelphhumber.ca

Justin Medak (Assistant Program Head)

justin.medak@guelphhumber.ca

 

Early Childhood Studies

Dr. Nikki Martyn (Program Head)

nikki.martyn@guelphhumber.ca

Elena Merenda (Assistant Program Head)

elena.merenda@guelphhumber.ca

 

Family & Community Social Services

Dr. Paul Sherman (Program Head)

paul.sherman@guelphhumber.ca

Dave Kydd (Assistant Program Head)

david.kydd@guelphhumber.ca

 

Justice Studies

Dr. Gary Ellis (Program Head)

gary.ellis@guelphhumber.ca

Dr. Glenn Hanna (Assistant Program Head)

glenn.hanna@guelphhumber.ca

 

Kinesiology

Dr. Agnes Coutinho (Assistant Program Head, Acting Program Head)

agnes.coutinho@guelphhumber.ca

Dr. Laelie Snook (Acting Assistant Program Head)

laelie.snook@guelphhumber.ca

 

Media Studies

Jerry Chomyn (Program Head)

jerry.chomyn@guelphhumber.ca

Kathy Ullyott (Assistant Program Head)

kathy.ullyott@guelphhumber.ca

 

Psychology

Dr. David Danto (Program Head)

david.danto@guelphhumber.ca

Dr. Adam Sandford (Assistant Program Head)

adam.sandford@guelphhumber.ca