Newspaper article The Canadian Press

McDonald's, College Partnership Sets Chilling Precedent, Says Union

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

McDonald's, College Partnership Sets Chilling Precedent, Says Union

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Union opposes McDonald's, college partnership

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TORONTO - The Ontario Public Service Employees Union opposes the recent partnership between McDonald's Canada and Ontario's colleges to offer advance placement to the chain's managers who complete some internal training.

OPSEU president Warren Thomas said in a statement that students are the biggest losers of this arrangement, which allows them to bypass the first year of a business or business administration diploma at Ontario's 24 public colleges.

He said employers will value those diplomas less and the students will lose out on high-quality education.

OPSEU called it a chilling precedent of outsourcing the responsibility of public education to private corporations, like McDonald's.

Colleges Ontario president and CEO Linda Franklin said in a statement that the current economy calls for innovative new approaches to strengthen the training of the workforce. …

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