Open Letter Released From Con College President

Posted on Monday, November 13, 2017 10:16 AM

Confederation College has released a letter to its striking staff in advance of a vote this week on the latest contract offer.

President Jim Madder agrees that academic freedom seems to be the sticking point to an agreement with their faculty.

However, he disagrees that the issue of academic freedom is an "us or them" proposition.

Instead, Madder says the college will continue to consult with faculty, but at the same time it has to remain compliant with provincial standards.

Instructors are scheduled to vote on the latest contract offer starting Tuesday morning, and wrapping up Thursday morning.

The strike is entering its 5th week.

Meantime, a fund is being created to help students facing financial hardships because of the prolonged college faculty strike.

Minister of Advanced Education Deb Matthews has instructed all colleges to establish a fund from the savings from such things as not having to pay staff.

Matthews says she intends to work with student representatives and the colleges on details such as how the funds would be administered.