Bargaining Update

Updated: October 16, 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.

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

Students are asked to contact their academic schools directly regarding the status of co-op, clinical and field placement activity. Please see the list of school contact information at the end of this note.

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

All Humber campuses and Employment Ontario offices remain open with student and client services and supports available. Please visit www.wegotyou.humber.ca for a list of all supports and services.

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

The union has established picket lines at 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 Humber is committed to student success and we will ensure that all students have the opportunity to achieve their learning goals.

Humber 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 Student Wellness and Accessibility Centre, will be available during and after the strike.

Campus Hours of Operation During a Strike

  • Humber North Campus, 6:30 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
  • North Campus Learning Commons (LRC 3rd floor), 24/7
  • Humber Lakeshore Campus, 6:30 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
  • Lakeshore Learning Commons (L Building), 24/7
  • Humber’s Orangeville Campus, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m./computer labs, 8 a.m. to 11 p.m.
  • University of Guelph-Humber, 7:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.

With no regular academic or evening activity taking place, we are restricting access on campus to the main learning access labs located in LRC 3rd. floor (North) and L Building main floor commons (Lakeshore).

Please check this page, along with Facebook and Twitter for updates. If you have any immediate questions or concerns, call 416.675.3111 or contact your academic school.

Frequently Asked Questions

Is Humber the only college with faculty who are on strike?

No. Full-time and partial-load faculty across all Ontario colleges are on strike.

Are classes suspended during the strike?

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

Any student who is currently on, or has a planned, co-op, work/field/clinical placement should contact their academic school to determine the status of this activity. Please see the list of school contact information at the end of this note.

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

How much notice will I receive in advance of classes resuming?

Humber will advise students as soon as possible after a tentative agreement has been reached. Students can expect two to three days between being notified and classes resuming.

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

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

  • Humber North Campus, 6:30 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
  • North Campus Learning Commons (LRC 3rd floor), 24/7
  • Humber Lakeshore Campus, 6:30 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
  • Lakeshore Learning Commons (L Building), 24/7
  • Humber’s Orangeville Campus, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m./computer labs, 8 a.m. to 11 p.m.
  • University of Guelph-Humber, 7:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.

With no regular academic or evening activity taking place, we are restricting access on campus to the main learning access labs located in LRC 3rd. floor (North) and L Building main floor commons (Lakeshore).

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

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

Any student who is currently on, or has a planned, co-op, work/field/clinical placement should contact their academic school to determine the status of this activity. Please see the list of school contact information at the end of this page.

Will online courses continue during the strike?

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

What if prospective students have an appointment for an admissions test, audition or interview during the strike?

Appointments for tests, auditions or interviews, will proceed as planned for prospective students. Entering the campus, you may be required to cross a picket line, so please allow additional time to ensure you arrive on time. If you are uncomfortable crossing a picket line, please contact Humber at 416.675.5000 and we will reschedule your appointment. 

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.

If at any time, you feel uncomfortable or intimidated in attempting to cross a picket line, withdraw and call Human Resources immediately at (416) 675-6622 ext. 5600

I would like to register for a Continuing Education course. Will my spring/winter/fall course start on the date published in the calendar?

At this point, we do not anticipate a delay in the beginning of the Winter/Spring 2018 semesters. We recommend that you register as planned. If changes do occur, you will be notified by Humber so that appropriate arrangements can be made.

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 the strike goes on for an extended period of time, could I lose my year?

Please be assured that Humber is committed to students’ success and would do everything possible 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.

If there is a long strike, will students get a refund for the time they've lost?

Humber is committed to student success and we will ensure that all students have the opportunity to achieve their learning goals. In the past, decisions regarding withdrawals and refunds in the event of a strike have been made by the province, not an individual college. No decision has been made at this time, and students are advised to remain enrolled in their classes and/or programs.

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 degree course without academic penalty is Monday, November 6. For all other courses the deadline is Monday, November 13. An extension to either deadline would depend on the length of the strike.

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

The impact to OSAP is dependent on the duration of the strike. Humber will work with the Ministry of Advanced Education & Skills Development in this regard and advise students when further information is available.

I am an international student studying Humber or 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.
 
Students are not permitted to work full-time during the strike but may continue to work part-time provided you hold an off campus work permit. 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-campus.asp

How will the strike affect other Humber staff?

Unless otherwise notified, 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 Humber’s facilities?

Humber will make every effort to provide services as long as possible. Humber will endeavor 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 will be open during the strike, and the ‘hand print’ pass protocol will be in place for Child Care Centre families and caregivers entering onto campus. If parents of current or prospective day care children have questions, please contact Sally Kotsopoulos at sally.kotsopoulos@humber.ca or 416-675-6622 x 4484.

Will the strike affect a future application for a Post Graduation Work Permit?

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

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.

Why is Humber cancelling continuing education (CE) programs and courses when they are continuing at other colleges?

As CE programs and courses are taught by a variety of faculty members, including those who are on strike, Humber would be unable to offer all CE programs in their entirety. CE classes are suspended during the strike in order to ensure equality and integrity across all CE programs and courses.

Why is the University of Guelph-Humber (UofGH) suspending classes during the strike?

Many University of Guelph-Humber programs are taught by Humber full-time and partial-load faculty. As these individuals are on strike, UofGH would be unable to offer programs and classes equally or in their entirety to all students.

Will public transit still be available during the strike?

Yes. All public transit servicing Humber campuses and the university of Guelph-Humber are available. Please note that not all busses may come directly onto campus, and alternate bus stops may be established.

Will on-campus parking still be available during the strike?

Yes, parking at all campuses is available during the strike.

Will the shuttle bus from Queen’s Plate parking lot to the North Campus be available during the strike?

Yes, the Queen’s Plate to North Campus shuttle bus is available during a strike provided that there is demand for its use. Any change to the shuttle bus schedule will be communicated to students accordingly.

Will Fall Convocation happen during the strike?

Yes. Fall Convocation is scheduled for Thursday, November 2, 2017 at the Toronto Congress Centre. Ceremonies are at 10am, 3pm and 7pm. For more information, please visit humber.ca/convocation

Will Varsity Athletics games still happen during the strike?

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

Will Humber email and Blackboard be available during the strike?

Yes, Humber email and Blackboard are available to all staff and students during the strike. Open Access computer labs are also open and available during the strike.

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 and Lakeshore Libraries:

Monday to Thursday:  7:30am to 10pm
Friday:  7:30am to 4:30pm
Saturday and Sunday:  9am to 6pm.

The Orangeville campus will maintain regular library hours.

Where can I find further information?

Please visit this page, and check Facebook and Twitter for updates during the strike.

Also please visit the College employer Council’s website https://thecouncil.on.ca/, the OPSEU website https://opseu.org/sector/caat-academic, and the local Humber union website http://www.opseu562.org.

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

The 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 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 faculty member is unsure of their status, they should speak with their manager.

LIST OF SCHOOL CONTACTS

Students who have questions during the strike may reach their Dean or Associate Dean through their respective school at the following numbers:

Humber’s main phone line:  416.675.6622

Academic School Contact Number
School of Applied Technology - North Ext. 4888
School of Applied Technology - Carrier 416-675-6622 Ext. 78038
The Business School - North Ext. 4391
The Business School - Lakeshore Ext. 3358
School of Creative & Performing Arts Ext. 74839
School of Health Sciences Ext. 4464
School of Hospitality, Recreation & Tourism Ext. 5012
Liberal Arts & Science - North Ext. 74313
Liberal Arts & Science - Lakeshore Ext. 73359
Media Studies & Information Technology Ext. 4319
School of Social & Community Services Ext. 3740
University of Guelph-Humber 416.798.1331 Ext. 6084