11/14/2017 5:00:15 PM

A proposed class action lawsuit over Ontario's ongoing college strike has been launched on behalf of students affected by the labour dispute.

The legal action comes as striking faculty who have been off the job for about a month began to vote today on a contract offer.

Law firm Charney Lawyers filed a proposed class action against the 24 colleges today, saying 14 students have come forward to potentially stand as representative plaintiffs.

The notice of action alleges the colleges breached contracts with students by failing to provide vocational training and a full term of classes.

It seeks full refunds for students who choose not to continue with their programs and refunds ``equivalent to the value of the lost instruction'' for those who wish to continue.

Meanwhile, striking faculty at the province's 24 colleges have begun a forced vote on the latest offer from the College Employer Council. About 12-thousand professors, instructors, counsellors and librarians who walked off the job on October 15th have until 10 a-m on Thursday to cast their votes. The Ontario Public Service Employees Union is recommending its members reject an offer it says will decrease the percentage of full-time jobs and does nothing to recognize the academic freedom of faculty.

But as Joel Willett, President of the Fleming College Student Administrative Council says, this ongoing power struggle isn't getting students back to class

    Willett also serves as President of the the College Student Alliance

    He says with so much misinformation, his role is to make sure students are well informed

    The strike has left 500-thousand students without classes and the province has ordered the colleges to create a fund to help those who may be experiencing financial hardship because of the walkout

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