BARGAINING 2021

Our vision is rooted firmly in college faculty’s commitment to transparent and democratic processes that lead to a shared set of demands reflecting our core issues.

Our demands are grounded in foundational principles: a commitment to building a learning environment that is inclusive and accessible to our students, as well as one that reflects academic quality as our core value and responsibility. Further, this learning environment is about fairness and equity for both our students and our colleagues.

Please continue to scroll below to find current updates and the bargaining timeline.

Recent News:

For breaking news and updates, please visit the SLC Faculty archive.

December Update:

College faculty bargaining team invites faculty to provincewide update meetings

The CAAT-A Bargaining Team will be holding two faculty meetings via Zoom (December 7 and 8) to provide an update on bargaining and the upcoming strike mandate vote. This is an excellent opportunity for members to hear the latest news and answers to their questions. Both meetings are open to all members, although the meeting on December 7 will focus on partial-load issues.

Pre-registration is required. Please register for the meeting(s) using your private (non-college) email:

  1. Partial-Load faculty meeting
    Tuesday, December 7, 2021, 6.30 – 8 p.m.
    Click here for webinar registration.
  1. Province-wide faculty meeting
    Wednesday, December 8, 2021, 6.30 – 8 p.m.
    Click here for webinar registration.

Upon registration, you will immediately receive a confirmation email with the actual meeting link. French translation will be available for both meetings.

Don’t miss this valuable opportunity to chat with the Team as we continue #BargainingForBetter.

November 16th Update:

Find an overview of the comparisons between the current offers of settlement here.

November Update:

Dear Faculty,

It was a pleasure to meet last night with over 1,500 members at our Provincewide Bargaining Update.  It was our first chance to provide an update and talk with members after several weeks of mediation and bargaining and we welcomed the chance to field member questions.

The meeting occurred following the mutually-agreed scheduled ending of a communications blackout during this week’s negotiations between the teams.  The faculty bargaining team has also proposed three additional dates for negotiations next week, and we hope to build upon the momentum of this week, which saw both teams table new offers. The team has yet to meet with or hear from the Ministry of Labour-appointed conciliator requested by the CEC team, and has not received a request from the conciliator to continue a blackout.

Attached, please find our latest offer of settlement, on behalf of faculty.  It represents many significant compromises from the last offer that we made available to you.  While these compromises were very difficult for us to arrive at, they represented our best effort to achieve a settlement at the table, without abandoning the priorities that faculty tasked us with negotiating.  These priorities include workload (including work associated with online teaching), Partial-Load, Equity and Indigenization, and the Counsellor class definition.  While Bill 124 has limited our ability to negotiate salary and benefits, both parties’ offers currently have language that would see our compensation negotiations reopened in the event that Bill 124 is overturned or replaced.

Despite any compromises, however, we believe that this offer maintains our principles, enhances stability in the college system, and provides a balance between modest short-term changes that faculty need immediately in workload, coupled with proposals that would create bipartisan structures for researching and effecting long-term structural changes needed in the system: to workload; to Equity, Diversity, and Inclusivity; and to Indigenization, Decolonization, and Truth & Reconciliation.

In short, the faculty proposal maintains that some immediate changes are needed, and longer-term changes will require careful consideration and research.  It also maintains that this round of bargaining is an appropriate place to establish a strong framework for that future work, to ensure that it actually produces concrete results.

We have also attached a summary chart challenging some of the claims made by the CEC team in regard to our proposals.  We hope you find it helpful, and will keep you updated on any developments. If you haven’t already, make sure that your Local has your non-college contact information to ensure you are able to receive those updates.

In the meantime, here’s how you can show your support:

  • Download your very own CAAT-A Zoom background
  • Add union content to your photo on your College’s LMS
  • Subscribe to your Local’s and CAAT-A’s Social Media
  • FB: https://www.facebook.com/OntarioCollegeFaculty
  • IG: @CAATAbargaining
  • Twitter @CAATfaculty
  • Actively involve yourself in your employer’s social media campaigns, using their hashtags and introducing bargaining issues (e.g., #CentennialFam, #ExperienceGeorgian, #LaCitéEnsemble)

In solidarity,

JP, Jonathan, Katie, Michelle, Ravi, Rebecca, Shawn

October Update:

Dear Faculty:

It is with great disappointment and frustration that we report to you that mediation has failed.  Click the following links to see the final report of the mediator, along with the offer of settlement we tabled during mediation.

We absolutely disagree with the finding of the mediator’s report, most of which paints the faculty bargaining team as recalcitrant and unreasonable, as well as unwilling to negotiate realistic changes to our Collective Agreement.  As you will see in the offer of settlement, your faculty team focused our demands on workload, partial-load working conditions, equity, Indigenization, and intellectual property rights; in other words, the top demands of faculty.  We stripped our initial proposals down to their bare bones in order to try and start a dialogue with the CEC team.  We responded to their questions, provided research, incorporated their language and structures into our revised proposals.  We were repeatedly told by the CEC team that their offer of settlement was the only path to a negotiated agreement.

While Mediator Keller was suggested by our bargaining agent, OPSEU, and we did consent, as a team we have great concern with the way in which the process of mediation unfolded.  In particular, we believe Mediator Keller’s conclusions about the proposals were arrived at on the basis of very little direct communication with the faculty bargaining team, and even less understanding of the process by which the faculty team arrived at its proposals, nor the urgent needs of our members that they attempt to address.

Realistically, Mediator Keller’s position reflects that of the CEC and is a classic approach to collective bargaining: that the only changes possible in any round of negotiations are minor and few in number.  Our team’s approach to bargaining is that attempting to negotiate greater changes is possible and necessary.  It is our opinion that it is realistic and appropriate to bargain for all work to be paid work; for partial-load faculty to have that work recognized and appropriately compensated; that evaluation and preparation factors that have not changed in 30+ years need to be adjusted; that mode of delivery affects faculty workload; and that Counsellors, Librarians, Indigenous faculty and faculty from equity-seeking groups deserve fair working conditions now.

We also know that faculty having intellectual property rights has NOT prevented innovation or research in the university sector, and would not do so here.

We also know that the CEC’s offer of settlement is not enough for faculty, nor will it prevent the ongoing and accelerating erosion of full-time faculty work in the colleges.

We invite you to read our offer of settlement, along with the mediator’s report, and will set up time to consult with the Local Presidents and Bargaining Advisory Committee as soon as possible.  We also promise to continue to bargain and fight for the improvements you need and deserve.

In solidarity,

JP, Jonathan, Katie, Michelle, Ravi, Rebecca, and Shawn

Faculty Notes on Management Settlement Offer
This attachment contains a comprehensive review of the language the CEC team has proposed.  Please note that this settlement offer does not address any of faculty’s top demands, but does, however, contain a number of additional concessions.  This offer exemplifies the distance remaining between the CEC proposals and our own.  It is why we have proposed voluntary mediation with no additional escalation as the path forward to settlement, which is dependent upon both parties’ consent.

Bargaining Update – Faculty Proposals – Partial Load

Bargaining Update – Faculty Proposals – Workload

Bargaining Update – Faculty Proposals – Equity

Bargaining Update – Faculty Proposals – Class Definitions

Bargaining Update – Union Proposals – Academic Freedom, Intellectual Property,
& Academic Councils

Bargaining Update – Faculty Proposals – Staffing

Bargaining Update – Faculty Proposals – Outside Work

Bargaining Update – Faculty Proposals – Joint Committee Work

Bargaining Update – Faculty Proposals – Coordinators

Bargaining Update – Opening Statements & Summary of Initial Proposals

Bargaining Update – College Employer Council Early Offer Rejected

Bargaining Timeline 2020-2021: 

November 20-21, 2020

Pre-Bargaining Conference and Election of Bargaining Team

January 2021

Bargaining team training and initial discussions
Member Survey
Establish Bargaining Advisory Committee

January-February 2021

Team members visit Local Demand Setting meetings

April 9-10, 2021

Provincial Demand-Setting Meeting

April-June 2021

Team puts demands into contract language
Team sets bargaining agenda and strategy

July-September 2021

July 4 earliest date to give notice to bargain
Contract expires September 30 at midnight

For detailed procedures, see CAAT-A Negotiations Procedures 2020

2021 BARGAINING TEAM: 

Contact the 2021 Bargaining Team at bargaining2021@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.

St. Lawrence College Local Bargaining Advisory Committee members: 

Christina Decarie

Anne Ginn

Downloadable Documents

6 August 2021 PPT for Member Distro
Current Collective Agreement
CAAT-A Bargaining Procedures
Report on Education in Ontario