Bargaining 2021

Recent News:

March 25, 2022 – Arbitrator William Kaplan has imposed a media blackout on the upcoming voluntary mediation-interest arbitration between the Colleges’ and College Faculty bargaining teams. There will be no further communication from the team until Arbitrator Kaplan lifts the blackout.

March 23, 2022 – We are entering into voluntary binding interest arbitration–exactly what we’ve been proposing for months.  The structure of the arbitration is set out in the Memorandum of Settlement [MOS], with William Kaplan as the agreed-upon arbitrator. In the coming weeks, both sides will be preparing “arbitration briefs” to present to Kaplan and are seeking arbitration dates. This process will likely take some months. In the meantime, we continue to operate under the imposed terms and conditions, until a new collective agreement is awarded. Please see the latest Bargaining Update for more details.

March 17, 2022 – 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.

March 17, 2022 – Yesterday, the faculty bargaining team invited the CEC to join us back to the table today and tomorrow (see attached letter) 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 we indicated in our invitation, if real progress is being made, then we are willing to extend the strike deadline.  
Letter to CEC – March 15, 2022

March 14, 2022 – 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,
  • Refer outstanding issues to binding interest arbitration.  

If neither of these things happen, the 16,000 CAAT-A faculty will stop all work and commence picketing, on Friday, March 18th.  
Please see the “Announcement of Strike Deadline” post for more details.

March 1, 2022 – Work-to-Rule Phase 3 will start at 12:01am on March 2, 2022. Guidelines have been posted at the top of the page. Please see the “Work-To-Rule: Phase 3” post for more details.

February 22, 2022 – As many of you enter the Reading/Intersession/Study/Engagement Week or Spring Break, here is a gentle reminder of the activities that you should continue as part of the Phase 1 and Phase 2 work-to-rule. It’s important to note that faculty are withdrawing their volunteer labour from the Colleges in order to demonstrate the essential value of what we actually do. Please see the Bargaining Update for more details.

February 18, 2022 – 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 reject Council’s January 17 offer. Please see the Bargaining Update for more details.

February 11, 2022 – Please see the Bargaining Update for a look at the CEC’s long-term vision for the system, correction and clarification of the CEC’s claims this week, and a link to the provincewide student town hall.

February 9, 2022 – Legal Brief Supports Faculty Proposals. OPSEU requested a legal brief on Bill 124 as it impacts our bargaining, from Christine Davies of the law firm Goldblatt Partners LLP.  The conclusions of this brief are clear: “In our view, the union’s proposals regarding workload do not offend Bill 124”, since the tabled faculty proposals “…do not result in an increase to salary or compensation, as defined by Bill 124.

February 4, 2022 – 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. Please see the Bargaining Update for more details.
Recording of the presentation and Q&A
February 2022 Bargaining Team Presentation

Bargaining Updates from January 2022
Bargaining Updates from December 2021
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

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: