The COVID-19 pandemic has exposed and intensified numerous challenges faced by faculty and students. As a result, many at Ontario Tech are facing burnout due to overwhelming workloads and an ongoing lack of support and resources from their administration.
The University of Ontario Institute of Technology Faculty Association (UOITFA) cares about the issues affecting faculty and students. The UOITFA is currently working hard to negotiate a fair collective agreement to make Ontario Tech a more respectful, equitable, and transparent place to work that supports the teaching and research vital to the university and students.
Unfortunately, the university administration has refused to meaningfully address these issues at the bargaining table and faculty have been left with no choice but to vote in favour of going on strike to show their determination to improve working and learning conditions
To avoid a strike, we must put pressure on the Ontario Tech administration and remind them that faculty members and the students should be their first priority.