March 2022

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.

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 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 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 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 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.