Toronto Star: College Arbitration Ruling Sees Instructor Pay Hike

Toronto Star: College Arbitration Ruling Sees Instructor Pay Hike

An arbitrator appointed to work out a deal between Ontario’s 24 colleges and their faculty members — they were ordered back to work last month after staging the longest strike in their history — has given them a 7.75-per-cent pay hike over four years and a $900 return-to-work payout. The decision also included general references to the need for academic freedom.

Announced Wednesday morning, the arbitrator’s award on salary increases is what the College Employer Council had included in its final offer.

While the union had sought academic freedom for instructors to determine teachings and course content in consultation with management, the arbitrator defined this as “the right to enquire about, investigate, pursue, teach and speak freely about academic issues without fear of impairment to position or other reprisal,” which is consistent with what many colleges already have on the books.

The arbitrator also said each full-time faculty member will receive a $900-payout, while “partial-load” instructors will get $450. This puts an end to the thousands of grievances already launched over back-to-work issues.

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