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Barrie: Colleges, teachers should not rely on arbitration

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Ontario’s colleges were putting on a cheery face last week as students wrapped up their semester a week behind other students in the province, a remnant of the five-week fall strike.

Colleges and faculty say they were happy with an arbitration award handed down on Dec. 20. With a new year begun, it is tempting to bury the memories and move on. But instead, now is a good time for the colleges and faculty to reflect on the state of their relationship, where students lose five weeks of class (plus vacation) to a strike rather than see a deal reached through civil negotiations.

This is not the first time students have been caught in the middle of a tough labour dispute. Labour relations between faculty and colleges have always been strained.

In any sector, the preferred way to end a labour dispute is to find middle ground between the employer and employees and negotiate a settlement. This ensures both sides are happy with the new........

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