The Canadian Federation of Students endorsed the Ontario Students United organization on Monday due to aligned values.
The choice for the [CFS] – Ontario to endorse depended on how OSU’s demands and work directly aligned with the principles and values of CFSO,” the Ontario contingent president told the Post in a written statement on Tuesday.
Ontario Students United launched on Dec. 4 from a group that was pro-faculty during the provincial college strike that ended less than a month ago, and plans to now advocate for “the quality of post-secondary education” and the needs of college students.
“The CFSO proudly supports students and stands in solidarity with faculty members across the provinces because our faculties’ working conditions are our students’ learning conditions,” Nour Alideeb said.
Alideeb explained that quality of education for college and university students is a priority for the CFA, along with free post-secondary.
Ontario Students United has organized a walk-out for Dec. 15 with seven demands including the disbandment of the College Employers Council that negotiates for collective bargaining for the 24 provincial public colleges and greater accessibility to a relief fund.
“Since our mandates aligned, the CFS was happy to endorse this work,” Alideeb told the Post.
“We hope that the CFSO and OSU can work together to advocate for the needs of our students and push for a free, accessible and high quality post-secondary education system for students across the province.”
The College Student Alliance defended its neutrality during the college student strike when the Post brought up criticisms by OSU that neutrality was in fact taking a side.
“Siding with either CEC of OPSEU would do a disservice to those students who did not agree with said party,” CSA President Joel Willett told the Post in a written statement.
“On behalf of students, we will continues to build on the trust and relationships we’ve established and work with government and stakeholders to improve the college sector.”
IGNITE Student Life representing University of Guelph-Humber and Humber College students are supporters of the College Student Alliance, but ended up coming under fire for their claimed neutrality.
More details to follow. Image 1 of CFS press conference from The Eyeopener.