GH staff that are members of the University of Guelph Faculty Association are still recieving full pay during the College union strike that started on Oct. 16, but they cannot cross the picket line.
A Post journalist called the union representing U of G faculty and learned that while staff cannot pass the picket line as already explained by GH, they are “ready to work.”
The individual on the phone, whose name was not given, told The Post that any hope of college students recieving any sort of refund for their lost tuition expenditures during the strike was highly unlikely.
The UGFA representative said there “was no way tuition would be paid back” when The Post inquired about a Change.org petition calling for refunds. The Post asked if the colleges gave a refund, “would Guelph-Humber do the same?”
The University of Guelph-Humber is in a unique position of having several college staff as part of its programs. GH said in a statement that because they could not offer their programs in full to students without Humber College staff, they would shut down the campus in its entirety.
GH said the decision was “made in the best interest and safety of UofGH students.”
Due to a deadline passing for negotiations between the Ontario Public Services Employees Union and the Ontario Employers Council on Sunday, a strike came into effect on Monday.
Emails sent out
The GH Post emailed a series of questions on the status of university faculty at the University of Guelph-Humber.
They were sent via Post Editor-in-Chief Eli Ridder’s student email to the central email for the school on Tuesday morning.
The Post was told to redirect the questions to Elissa Schmidt, who is the Manager of Communications & Public Relations for U of GH.
These questions were sent:
- During the strike are faculty affiliated with the University of Guelph being paid as usual?
- If so, does that mean student tuitions are paying for their employment during the strike?
- Are the university faculty required to continue as normal beyond classes being cancelled? (Ie. Prepare for classes?)
- If colleges refund students for days lost in regards to tuition, will the University of Guelph-Humber do the same?