Bargaining 2021

Work-To-Rule:

Work-To-Rule Phase 2 Guidelines
Work-to-Rule Student FAQ (pdf)
Work-to-Rule Student FAQ (png)
Work-To-Rule SWF Guide for Full Time Faculty
Virtual Background Instructions – Teams
CAAT-A Bargaining Virtual Background
Work-To-Rule Phase 1 Guidelines
Work-To-Rule FAQ

Recent News:

January 20, 2022 – A forced offer vote will be held online from 9 am on February 15th to 3 pm on February 17th. You are being asked to vote on the last offer presented by the College Employer Council (CEC), which is virtually unchanged from its November 23rd offer. Faculty have already rejected this with the strike mandate we handed down in December. Please see the “Why Vote to Reject?” and “Forced Offer Vote” posts for more details.
REJECTING the Employer’s Forced Offer

January 14, 2022 – OPSEU/SEFPO Files Unfair Labour Practice Complaint Against CEC. Specifically, the complaint centres on the ways in which the CEC team and certain colleges “…have blatantly interfered with the rights of OPSEU’s members to choose to demonstrate support for their bargaining agent’s position during contract negotiations” and have attempted to silence support for the union to gain “an unfair advantage in bargaining.”  The ULP also asserts that they “have also interfered with the Union’s right to seek support from its members, and to engage in strike activity that is free from undue influence and threats of reprisal.”
ULP Complaint

January 5, 2022 – Work-To-Rule Faculty Town Hall was held.
WTR Provincewide Meeting Slides – January 5, 2022

December 21, 2021 – Work-To-Rule Phase 2 will begin on January 3, 2022. Guidelines have been posted at the top of the page. We have also included a one-page summary document about the current state of negotiations, for your ease of reference.
Negotiations Summary

December 18, 2021 – Work-To-Rule Phase 1 begins. Guidelines and FAQ are posted at the top of the page.

December 17, 2021 – OPSEU/SEFPO stands in support of college faculty members.

December 13, 2021 – Starting today, the Colleges have imposed terms and conditions. The faculty team provides details about the terms and conditions in their Bargaining Update. Work action will commence on December 18th.

December 12, 2021 – Unfortunately, the Colleges and CEC team have rejected faculty’s offer to extend the existing Collective Agreement until at least January 3, and have opted to impose terms and conditions of their choosing on Monday, December 13. Faculty will be providing the required 5-day notice of labour action to the CEC as a result, and can begin work-to-rule, which will begin first with the union Locals, as of December 18.  Details will follow shortly. Please see the Bargaining Update for more details.

December 11, 2021 – College faculty vote 59.4% in favour of strike mandate. Please see Strike Vote Results for more details.

December 9, 2021 – The meeting notes from the provincewide faculty meetings held on December 7th and 8th are attached. We are also including the faculty team’s response to the CEC’s recent “Strike Vote FAQ”, in which we address some of the misleading statements that have recently been published by the CEC in advance of the strike mandate vote. A FAQ about voting (including a phone number to call if you have any problems voting) can be found at:  College Faculty Strike Vote
Please see the Bargaining Update for more details.
Partial Load Faculty Meeting – December 7
All Faculty Meeting – December 8
Response to CEC’s FAQ

December 7, 2021 – Write Your College President campaign is underway. The Auditor General released their report on private and public colleges in Ontario. Please see the Bargaining Update for more details.
Write Your College President
Private Career Colleges Oversight
Public Colleges Oversight

December 2, 2021 – Strike authorization vote is confirmed for December 9th to 11th at 3:00PM. Provincewide Bargaining Update Meetings will take place on December 7th and 8th from 6:30PM to 8:00PM. Please see the Bargaining Update for more details.

Bargaining Updates from November 2021 (Union Offer of Settlement Nov. 18)
Bargaining Updates from October 2021
Bargaining Updates from September 2021
Bargaining Updates from August 2021 (Faculty Proposals)
Bargaining Updates from July 2021
Bargaining Updates from June 2021
Bargaining Updates from April 2021
Bargaining Updates from February 2021

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 bargainingteam2021@gmail.com

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)

Alternates:
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: