2021-2022 Bargaining Posts (Archive)


Update from the Bargaining Team

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…

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Bargaining and Arbitration update

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…

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No Strike

The parties have reached an agreement to enter binding interest arbitration and the strike that was scheduled to commence at 12:01 am on March 18, 2022, is called off. This also concludes all work-to-rule strike activities.

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Bargaining Update: Sample Letters to Students

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…

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Bargaining continues Thursday

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…

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CEC’s Latest Communication

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…

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Announcement of Strike Deadline

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,…

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Legal rationale work-to-rule

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…

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Phase 3 Work-to-Rule Information

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…

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Bargaining Update on Vote Results and Work to Rule

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…

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Voting, next steps, and positive thoughts

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…

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Faculty Bargaining Update

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…

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Latest Bargaining Video and Faculty Town Hall Reminder

Greetings all: The College Employer Council, and the college presidents who direct them, are ramping up their efforts to convince faculty to accept an offer that does not address faculty’s basic demands around workload; job protections for partial-load faculty, counsellors, and librarians; equity and decolonization efforts; consent to use of course materials; or reasonable coordinator…

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