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Bargaining Update: September 9, 2021

The faculty bargaining team wishes all faculty the best for the start of the Fall semester and recognizes the enormous amount of work and anxiety that professors, instructors, counsellors, and librarians are experiencing this September.

The team was back at the table today and will return again tomorrow.  Today, we met with the employer and received their Article 2 Staffing proposal.  The employer proposes to suspend the union’s ability to rely on staffing data during the pandemic for staffing grievances going forward.  

We also received their responses to a number of our proposals from August, and the assurance that they would have further responses for us tomorrow and next week.

We presented a counter-proposal on the counsellor class definition, incorporating feedback from our consultation with counsellors across the province.  Our counter-proposal also addresses some of the concerns that the management team raised concerning our original proposal.

Finally, we responded to a series of the CEC team’s troubling assertions around key faculty issues, their lack of any significant proposals or counter-proposals to address their stated areas of concern, and reaffirmed our commitment to bargain a fair settlement that satisfactorily addresses the changes faculty need now.

The detailed presentations and proposals communicated today by both teams are attached below. 

Stay tuned for a further update tomorrow.
In solidarity, 

JP, Jonathan, Michelle, Katie, Shawn, Ravi, Rebecca

Bargaining Update – August 10th, 2021

The team met with the College Employer Council team again today.  Both the faculty team and the College Employer Council (CEC) presented counsellor class definition proposals. The proposals are available below.

We will be back at the table Wednesday and Thursday.

In Solidarity,

JP Hornick
Jonathan Singer
Michelle Arbour
Kathleen Flynn
Shawn Pentecost
Ravi Ramkissoonsingh
Rebecca Ward

Bargaining Update – August 9th, 2021

Below you will find OPSEU’s third Bargaining Bulletin, which has also been posted to www.collegefaculty.org

In this bulletin, the bargaining team provides a list of several of the major proposals that the team presented to the Employer at the bargaining table, on August 3-5.   To provide context for those proposals, the team’s overview that was presented at the table on August 3rd has been included in its entirety. 

The bulletin commences with a personal message from the President and Vice-President of OPSEU.

Also include below is an adapted version of the PowerPoint presentation that the bargaining team used when they met last week. 

If you have questions or feedback, please do not hesitate to contact us at bargaining2021@gmail.com.

Your bargaining team,

JP Hornick
Jonathan Singer
Michelle Arbour
Kathleen Flynn
Shawn Pentecost
Ravi Ramkissoonsingh
Rebecca Ward

Bargaining Update – August 6, 2021

Yesterday the CAAT-A Bargaining Team met with the Employer for the third consecutive day. We presented proposals on Joint Committee Time, Article 11.06 (outside employment), and Coordinators. The proposals are included as downloadable PDFs below.

Please note that we have not yet tabled our monetary proposals although we have been working on them. On July 2nd, we gave Notice to Bargain and asked the Employer for the information we need to complete our monetary proposals. That disclosure has yet to be provided. We confirmed yesterday that they are gathering the requested information and we will soon have it. As a result, our monetary proposals were the only ones not tabled this week.

We will return to the negotiations table with the Employer on Tuesday, August 10th and will continue to keep you updated.  

In Solidarity,

JP Hornick
Jonathan Singer
Michelle Arbour
Kathleen Flynn
Shawn Pentecost
Ravi Ramkissoonsingh
Rebecca Ward

Bargaining Update – August 4, 2021

The team met with the College Employer Council team again today. We tabled proposals on the class definitions of a professor and counsellor. Additionally, we presented proposals on academic freedom, intellectual property rights and shared governance, and finally, staffing.

The proposals are below as downloadable PDFs.

We will be back at the table tomorrow and hope to present the remainder of our proposals.

In Solidarity,

JP Hornick
Jonathan Singer
Michelle Arbour
Kathleen Flynn
Shawn Pentecost
Ravi Ramkissoonsingh
Rebecca Ward