Classes may be cancelled next week as talks between OPSEU and Ontario colleges have broken down in bargaining talks.

The union rejected the final offer from colleges last night, setting a strike deadline for October 16th.

The strike could have an impact on students attending 24 colleges across Ontario, including Fanshawe and Conestoga campuses in Kitchener-Waterloo, Stratford and Ingersoll.

The union’s bargaining team says setting the strike deadline so close is to put pressure on colleges to stay at the negotiating table.

Even though the colleges’ final offer outlined a nearly eight per cent wage increase over the next four years, it lacked in areas such as overtime flexibility, pregnancy leave and academic freedom.

The colleges say they are asking the union to put the recent offer to a vote with faculty.