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Bargaining Update – September 9

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.
Union Presentation
Union Response – Counsellor Class Definition
Management Response – Class Definitions and Staffing Proposals
College Proposal – Pandemic Impact on Staffing

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Negotiations Bulletin – August 26

The latest Negotiations Bulletin from the bargaining team can be found here and has been posted on the Bargaining 2021 page.

The bulletin offers a recap of our most recent three days of bargaining, including the College Employer Council’s disappointing proposal for a workload task force, as well as its response to the Union’s proposals around equity and the Counsellor class definitions.

The bulletin also highlights areas (of both the Collective Agreement and the Colleges) that we believe may be targeted for concessions by the Employer’s bargaining team in upcoming bargaining dates. These areas include but are not limited to fundamental notions of the teaching day and the academic year.

The bulletin also includes a current snapshot of the massive financial surpluses reported by colleges throughout the system.

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Bargaining Update – August 12

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

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Bargaining Update – August 11

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

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Bargaining Update – August 10

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

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August Negotiations Bulletin

The latest Negotiations Bulletin from the bargaining team can be found here and has been posted on the Bargaining 2021 page.

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. 

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Bargaining Update – August 4 & 5

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 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

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

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Bargaining Update – August 3

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

The proposals are rooted in feedback from consultations with faculty and students; existing best practices in our system and in other post-secondary education (PSE) institutions; model language from and discussions with Canadian Association of University Teachers (CAUT) and other PSE leaders; and through review of both the language proposed by the locals this round, along with language that has been tabled previously. It is all backed by research and bolstered by the findings in the updated Report on Education.

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Bargaining Update – July 7 & 8

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

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Bargaining Update: Online Learning

The latest video from the bargaining team can be found here and has been posted on the Bargaining 2021 page. In this video, they discuss the role of online learning in the public college system and how using it primarily as a means of efficiency, as college administrators are keen to do, undermines students’ learning needs.

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.