Fed up with not getting the education they've paid for, Ontario college students are planning an "ass to class" movement this week.
At Canadore, students will gather at the main campus on Thursday at noon, then walk upstairs to line the halls by the administration office on the third floor for a sit-in.
"The students of Canadore need a voice in this issue," local organizer James Papp told BayToday. "Not enough is being done to end this strike!"
Papp promises a peaceful protest.
"We want to let them know we want to get back to class and enough is enough. We want to be heard. We want to be part of the conversation. It's not really fair to us. We're the ones being the most affected."
Students are being asked to take photos and post them on Twitter #assinclass.
The first year Electrical Techniques student says he expects the protest will last about four hours and admits students are divided in their loyalties between management and faculty.
His first college experience has not been what he expected.
"I entered the workforce in 2008 and lost my job in November last year so I went through the Second Career Program and ended up getting funding to go to school and getting a loan from OSAP. This my first post-secondary experience and I've been completely soured by it."
This is a province-wide rally.
"We have representatives from nearly every college in Ontario that are working together to show OPSEU and the colleges that we want the strike to end, we want our voices heard and we want our asses back in classes," says their website.
For more information:
Ontario Students Against Strikes https://www.facebook.com/
Students Ending the strike https://www.students-ending-
Ass to Class http://www.asstoclass.ca/