Vote aimed to end Ontario’s college strike starts on today.

The Ontario college strike that has cancelled classes for hundreds of thousands of college students for four weeks will last at least another as a forced-contract vote takes place.

The vote, requested by the College Employer Council, begins today morning and wraps up Thursday, with 12,000 faculty voting on the updated offer on the table before talks broke off and the college took the step of asking the Ontario Labour Relations Board for the one-time measure.

The vote will be conducted online or by phone, and requires approval by 50 per cent plus one, of all those who vote. (That means if all 12,000 vote, 6,001 would have to cast ballots in favour for it to pass.) Results will be out by Thursday afternoon.

If faculty approve it, classes would likely resume by Tuesday or Wednesday of the following week.If it is rejected — and it already has been by the union’s bargaining team — then it is expected, given the length of the strike, that the provincial government will have to intervene fairly quickly with back-to-work legislation.

The union is urging its members to reject the offer, saying it wants the colleges to return to the bargaining table.