Dear College faculty members, 15 months after our Collective Agreement negotiations began, and six months after the parties agreed to conclude the negotiations through a process of interest arbitration, Arbitrator William Kaplan has today released his award that determines our new Collective Agreement, which will be in force until September 30, 2024 Attached to this…Keep reading
OPSEU/SEFPO CAAT Academic and the CEC participated in a mediation/arbitration September 7-9, 2022. Following the mediation part of the proceeding, an arbitration occurred on September 9, 2022. The arbitrator’s award will form the new collective agreement and it is anticipated that it will be received shortly. The arbitrator has imposed a continued media blackout until…Keep reading
Dear CAAT-A Members, As the semester winds to a close, we wanted to reach out to keep you posted on the latest developments related to the conclusion of a new Collective Agreement. Mediation/Arbitration Scheduling In March, both sides agreed to go to interest arbitration before Arbitrator William Kaplan, who will oversee a process of mediation…Keep reading
Greetings Faculty: A huge thank you to each of you for standing strong during a long and difficult round of bargaining. As you know by now, facing pressure from student organizations and the resolve of faculty, on Thursday evening–just one hour before the strike deadline–the College Employer Council (CEC) agreed to send matters to binding…Keep reading
Dear Faculty, Over the past two days, the bargaining team has met with close to 2,000 members at various Locals to address questions arising as a result of the strike deadline. The solidarity and resolve demonstrated by faculty in these meetings was simply inspiring. The faculty bargaining team is meeting with the College Employer team…Keep reading
Greetings all: Yesterday, the faculty bargaining team invited the CEC to join us back to the table today and tomorrow (see letter below) with no preconditions, and they have agreed to meet on Thursday. Both parties will meet on Thursday to attempt to reach a negotiated settlement prior to the strike deadline at 12.01am Friday, March 18. As…Keep reading
Hi there: We have forwarded the CEC’s latest communication, and the actual statement from the Treasury Board, to our legal team for review. Neither was ever presented to us before being made public, and this is the first we’ve seen it. The faculty bargaining team, and to our knowledge, OPSEU/SEFPO, were not consulted by the Treasury…Keep reading
Announcement of Strike Deadline Dear Faculty, Today, three months after commencing work-to-rule action, we are setting a strike deadline in an effort to compel the College Employer Council (CEC) and the College Presidents to do either of the two things they have refused to do since bargaining began: Complete negotiations on faculty’s priority issues, or,…Keep reading
Legal rationale work-to-rule Greetings faculty: Below please find the letter from our legal team regarding the lawfulness of our work-to-rule actions. Please note in particular: “The direction to engage in a strike, and the nature of the strike action, are matters for the union to determine. The College Employer Council (CEC) and the Colleges have…Keep reading
WORK-TO-RULE PHASE 3 STARTS TOMORROW: DETAILS BELOW Greetings faculty: The Colleges’ team, via the CEC, continues to assert that they will not return to the bargaining table, nor agree to refer outstanding issues to interest arbitration, despite faculty having clearly rejected their final offer. Typically in bargaining, following a failed final offer vote, the employer…Keep reading
Greetings faculty: We just voted down the CEC’s forced offer again and sent a clear and resounding message to the College Presidents and the CEC team that they must negotiate faculty’s key issues. The Colleges’ team is clinging to a fear-mongering campaign —one sanctioned and supported by the College Presidents. The Colleges’ team has once…Keep reading
Greetings faculty: Ontario college faculty have rejected a contract offer from their employer and are calling on the College Employer Council to either come back to the table and finish the job of negotiating a collective agreement, or enter into voluntary binding interest arbitration. In voting this week, 62% per cent of you voted to…Keep reading
Greetings faculty: Just a friendly reminder that the CEC-requested forced offer vote starts tomorrow, February 15 at 9am, and runs through February 17 at 3pm. Results will be shared by the Ontario Labour Relations Board (OLRB) on February 18th. The faculty team is encouraging faculty to REJECT the CEC’s offer as it does not address…Keep reading
Greetings all: Many thanks to the 700+ faculty who turned out to the Provincewide Bargaining Update webinar on February 2nd, and to the additional hundreds of faculty who’ve been attending local bargaining Q&As. There has been incredible engagement at these events, along with fantastic questions and feedback from those who have been able to attend. The message…Keep reading
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