Bargaining 2021

Recent News:

September 24, 2021 – The College Employer Council’s Bargaining Team agreed to the process of mediation that was proposed last Friday in the hopes of fostering constructive dialogue between the teams. We are confident that both sides will soon reach agreement on details regarding the process.
When not at the table, the team spent much of the day going through our published proposals in an effort to distill them further and to incorporate feedback that we have received. We look forward to continuing a process of dialogue and compromise, in consultation with a mediator.
Union Presentation

The newly updated 2021 Report on Education, documenting and analyzing the changing landscape of Ontario’s Colleges, has been released.
2021 Update on Education in Ontario Colleges

September 23, 2021 – The faculty team invited the CEC team to the table today to clarify the status of bargaining, respond to their correspondence regarding mediation, and to propose additional dates. Please see the attached Bargaining Update. The union’s presentation and letter to JP are attached below.
Union Presentation
Letter to JP – Response to Mediation

September 22, 2021 – Attached please find the bargaining team’s reply to the CEC’s questions regarding our proposal for pre-conciliation mediation.  Due to internal delays beyond the team’s control, we were unable to send this yesterday. We did note the CEC’s update and their concern about a delay, and wanted to assure our members that the team is absolutely committed to continued and timely discussions in our remaining days this week.  We look forward to meeting with the CEC team tomorrow.
CEC Mediation Reply

September 21, 2021 – The CAAT-A Bargaining Team met with Local Presidents and the Bargaining Advisory Committee on Monday, September 20, to review the College Employer Council team’s offer of settlement, tabled last Friday.
Below is a summary chart of the CEC team’s current offer of settlement, along with a detailed explanation of why the faculty team, after consultation with the Local Presidents and Bargaining Advisory Committee, cannot recommend the offer to members.  Simply put, the CEC offer does not address faculty’s demands, nor does it reflect the changes that are immediately needed in the system.
CEC Settlement Offer (Sept. 15, 2021) Summary
Below, we have included a separate summary of the faculty team’s proposals to address the demands of Partial-Load faculty, as well as what the CEC’s offer includes.  
Partial-Load Demands

September 17, 2021 – The faculty and employer teams met today to discuss the additional proposals and an offer of settlement tabled by the College Employer Council on Wednesday at 4pm. Please see the attached Bargaining Update. College proposals and the bargaining team’s presentation and comments are attached below.
Union Presentation
College Proposal – Housekeeping Amendments
Faculty Bargaining Team Comments on M10a
Faculty Bargaining Team Comments on M10b
College Proposal – Monetary Proposal
Faculty Notes on CEC’s Settlement Proposal

September 14, 2021 – The bargaining teams met again today. The CEC team introduced counter-proposals [see attached] on Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion, as well as a proposal on “Truth and Reconciliation.” The faculty bargaining team is reviewing these proposals and will provide responses.
College Proposal – Equity, Diversity and Inclusion
College Proposal – Truth and Reconciliation

September 10, 2021 – The team met with the College Employer Council team today and completed this week’s bargaining. There are eight scheduled bargaining dates remaining before our Collective Agreement expires. Please see attached presentations and proposals.
Management Response – Joint Committee Work, Outside Work and Coordinators Proposals
College Proposal – Harassment and Discrimination Amendment
College Proposal – Union Release Time
College Proposal – Assignment of Coordinator Duties

September 9, 2021 – The team met with the College Employer Council team again today. Please see the attached presentations and proposals.
Union Presentation
Union Response – Counsellor Class Definition
Management Response – Class Definitions and Staffing Proposals
College Proposal – Pandemic Impact on Staffing

August 12, 2021 – The team wrapped up their final day with the CEC this month. They will meet again with them September 9th and 10th. Please see the attached Bargaining Update.
Union Response to Counsellor Class Definition and Workload Proposals
CEC Team Chair Presentation
College Proposal – Workload

August 11, 2021 – The team met with the College Employer Council team again today. Please see the attached Bargaining Update.
College Proposal – Workload
CEC Bargaining Team’s Response to Equity Proposal
Union Presentation – Equity Proposal
Union Proposal – Preamble

August 10, 2021 – The team met with the College Employer Council team again today. Please see the attached Bargaining Update. The CEC team presented their response to the faculty’s counsellor class definition proposal.
Faculty Proposal – Class Definitions
College Proposal – Counsellor Class Definition

August 5, 2021 – The bargaining team presented proposals on Joint Committee Time, Article 11.06 (outside employment), and Coordinators.
Joint Committee Work Proposals
Outside Work Proposals
Coordinators Proposals

August 4, 2021 – The bargaining team tabled proposals on the class definitions of a professor and counsellor. Additionally, they presented proposals on academic freedom, intellectual property rights and shared governance, and finally, staffing.
Class Definitions Proposals
Academic Freedom, Intellectual Property, and Academic Councils Proposals
Staffing Proposals

August 3, 2021 – The bargaining team will be meeting with the employer on August 3, 4, and 5. Their goal is to table their entire proposal package by the end of this week so that they can begin negotiations immediately and work toward a better collective agreement that satisfies our members’ demands.
Partial Load Proposals
Workload Proposals
Equity Proposals

July 7 & 8, 2021 – The bargaining team met with the College Employer Council’s bargaining team to discuss ground rules, set the tone for bargaining, and exchange initial proposals.
Union Opening Statement and Overview of Proposals
Employer Non-Monetary Proposals

July 2, 2021 – The bargaining team released a video discussing the role of online learning in the public college system: Bargaining: Online Learning.
Bargaining will begin with the College Employer Council on July 7th, and the team will be bargaining for better on behalf of all Ontario public college faculty members and students.

June 18, 2021 – The bargaining team released a video summarizing and highlighting some of the key concerns members have brought forward regarding workload: Bargaining: Workload

June 10, 2021 – The bargaining team released an initial video outlining their shared vision for this round of negotiations: Bargaining: Vision

April 9 – 10, 2021 – Delegates from Ontario’s 24 College Academic OPSEU/SEFPO Locals met for a Final Demand-Setting meeting. At that meeting, they approved and ranked 17 demands for the elected CAAT-A bargaining team to negotiate with the College Employer Council this summer. See the April 2021 College Faculty Bulletin below for more details.

February 22, 2021 – Our bargaining team rejects the College Employer Council’s offer of a two-year extension of the current Collective Agreement. (Letter Rejecting CEC Offer)

Bargaining Timeline:

Flowchart of Bargaining under the Colleges Collective Bargaining Act (Ontario)

College Faculty Bulletins:

December 2020
March 2021
April 2021
August 10, 2021
August 26, 2021

Bargaining Team 2020-2021:

Contact the Bargaining Team at

JP Hornick, Local 556 (George Brown) – chair
Jonathan Singer, Local 560 (Seneca) – vice-chair
Ravi Ramkissoonsingh, Local 242 (Niagara)
Rebecca Ward, Local 732 (Confederation)
Kathleen Flynn, Local 354 (Durham)
Shawn Pentecost, Local 415 (Algonquin)
Michelle Arbour, Local 125 (Lambton)

Karen Weisbaum, Local 417 (St. Lawrence)
Frank Yee, Local 560 (Seneca)

Read more about the Pre-Bargaining Conference and election of the bargaining team members HERE.

Lambton College Local Bargaining Advisory Committee member:
Anthony Iafrate

Bargaining 2017:

During a five-week strike, we stood strong together and rejected a toxic forced offer from the College Employer Council. Soon after, we were legislated back to work by a government that refused to intervene in the right way by directing the College Employer Council to bargain fairly. Our new collective agreement was settled through interest arbitration. Arbitrator Kaplan’s award—while not fully addressing our concerns—clearly reflected faculty’s vision for a better college system. We won historic breakthroughs on academic freedom for all faculty, as well as significant gains for partial-load faculty. We blocked management attempts to extend the moratorium on staffing grievances, and created a Provincial Task Force to define the system for the next 50 years. We also launched a Charter challenge against the government for their violation of our right to bargain our collective agreement, which is still making its way through the system.

The Kaplan award included the following:

It is important to note what the Ontario government took away in the intervening years 2018-2020: