SLC students back in class Tuesday

A student walks up the road from the St. Lawrence College campus in Cornwall, Ont. on Thursday, Oct. 12, 2017. (Newswatch Group/Bill Kingston, File)

KINGSTON – The province passed back-to-work legislation Sunday, bringing an official end to the month long strike by faculty at Ontario’s 24 colleges, including St. Lawrence.

The law passed by a vote of 39-18 with the NDP opposing the bill.

The province stepped in after faculty overwhelming rejected the so-called final contract offer from the College Employer Council after a forced vote by the Ministry of Labour.

The issues between faculty under OPSEU and the College Employer Council will now go through a mediation-arbitration process.

SLC President Glenn Vollebregt tweeted Sunday that faculty would be on the job on Monday and students would be returning to class on Tuesday.

As for how students will make up the lost time, that will be decided after faculty meet on Monday and “program and course-specific issues that must be addressed.”

More return to class information can be found here.

The five week strike is the longest college strike in Ontario history.