Tuesday, November 20, 2012

College labour dispute gets closer to the Northwest

The ongoing labour troubles of the province's colleges and universities has inched a little closer to the Northwest today, as support staff at the College of New Caledonia, represented by the Canadian Union of Public Employees walked off the job.

Picket lines went up this morning at the college's main campus in Prince George and it's satellite campuses across Northern BC, the start of a two day strike that union members hope will spur on negotiations towards a settlement.

Contract talks at CNC broke down a earlier this month, the workers at the college have been without a contract since 2010.

Today's job action at CNC, which resulted in the cancellation of classes, is just the latest in a list of similar job actions across the province, as support staff workers at the province's colleges seek to reach an agreement on a new contract.

Northwest Community College, like colleges across the province, are involved in their own contract negotiations at the moment, however, to date no job action has taken place at any of the campuses of NWCC.

Background items about NWCC  can be found in our archives.

Reports on today's action out of Prince George can be found below.

Prince George Citizen-- Striking CNC staff going back to work
CKPG TV-- College resumes Thursday
CKPG TV-- Second Day of Pickets at CNC (video)
CKPG TV-- CUPE Strike Continues
CKPG TV Pickets at CNC Underway for next two days (video)
Prince George Citizen-- CNC Strike closes college campuses
CBC-- Strikes affect classes at 6 B. C. colleges
Opinion 250-- Picket Lines Up at CNC
Prince George Citizen-- Support staff strike closing CNC
Prince George Free Press-- Job action underway at CNC
CKPG TV-- CNC strike action gets underway tomorrow (video)
CKPG TV-- Two day strike planned for CNC

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