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OPSEU files charter challenge to defend right to strike

OPSEU files charter challenge to defend right to strike

| 23/01/2018

 The Ontario Public Service Employees Union (OPSEU) filed a charter challenge today regarding the Colleges of Applied Arts and Technology Labour Dispute Resolution Act, also known as Bill 178. The union maintains this Act, which forced an end to the college faculty strike in November 2017, violates the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms. OPSEU […]

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College Faculty: Update from your bargaining team – Issue #3

College Faculty: Update from your bargaining team – Issue #3

| 20/12/2017

  Arbitrator awards union language on academic freedom; previously agreed-to items included in award   Just over a month after the province legislated striking faculty back to work, we have a new collective agreement.   In an award issued Wednesday, December 20, arbitrator William Kaplan set out the terms of a four-year contract that will […]

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Bargaining Update from Local 560 President Jonathan Singer

Bargaining Update from Local 560 President Jonathan Singer

| 20/12/2017

Fellow OPSEU 560 members, re: Kaplan Award When the College Employer Council could not break our solidarity, the provincial government legislated us back to work.  On December 20, Arbitrator William Kaplan released an Award that shapes our Collective Agreement for the next four years. By standing united, we have beaten back the College Employer Council’s […]

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Kaplan Award Released

Kaplan Award Released

| 20/12/2017

The Kaplan arbitration award, following the return to work legislation that ended the CAAT-A strike in November 2017, has been released.  Read it HERE.

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College Faculty: Update from your bargaining team – Issue #2

College Faculty: Update from your bargaining team – Issue #2

| 02/12/2017

  Mediation set for mid-December Arbitrator William Kaplan has set out his schedule for trying to arrive at a new collective agreement for Ontario college faculty through mediation. Beginning December 12, both the College Employer Council and OPSEU will file mediation briefs to give the arbitrator background information on the issues in dispute. Kaplan, an […]

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College Faculty: Update from your bargaining team – Issue #1

College Faculty: Update from your bargaining team – Issue #1

| 24/11/2017

  Solidarity has set us up for success! Strike action is a profound experience of solidarity. I know we will all remember our time on the picket line with colleagues, students, allies and family for the rest of our lives. We know firsthand what it means to take part in a province-wide work action, and […]

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Union Bargaining Team Tables Final Settlement Offer to Employer

Union Bargaining Team Tables Final Settlement Offer to Employer

| 14/10/2017 | 0 Comments

Union’s Offer for Settlement as of 14 October 2017

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College faculty table final offer in a bid to avert strike

College faculty table final offer in a bid to avert strike

| 14/10/2017 | 0 Comments

Toronto – The union bargaining team for Ontario public college faculty has tabled its final offer to the College Employer Council in a bid to avert a strike at 12:01 a.m. Monday. The union offer is built around three critical proposals to improve education quality for students and treat faculty fairly: a 50:50 ratio of […]

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The path to a fair settlement: faculty table final offer to avert strike

The path to a fair settlement: faculty table final offer to avert strike

| 14/10/2017 | 0 Comments

Three critical issues remain – 50:50 ratio of full-time to contract faculty; job security for partial-load faculty; and academic freedom.   In a bid to avert a strike, the college faculty bargaining team has tabled its final offer to the College Employer Council. We made substantive changes to our offer in direct response to the Council’s stated concerns about […]

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College Council Walks Away from the Table

College Council Walks Away from the Table

| 11/10/2017 | 0 Comments

The faculty bargaining team is committed to staying at the table right up until the strike deadline. Council, however, has walked away from the table, and now claims that their offer was their final offer. By setting a strike deadline, we are giving a clear message to the employer that we expect a fair deal […]

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College faculty set October 16 strike deadline

College faculty set October 16 strike deadline

| 10/10/2017 | 0 Comments

Toronto – College faculty represented by the Ontario Public Service Employees Union (OPSEU) have set a strike deadline of 12:01 a.m. October 16 in contract talks with their employer, the College Employer Council. “Today was another frustrating day of bargaining, during which our employer once again refused to consider key faculty issues. They have walked […]

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Faculty team proposes new bargaining dates

Faculty team proposes new bargaining dates

| 05/10/2017 | 0 Comments

Dear faculty, On September 28, the College Employer Council rejected, with very little discussion, our most recent comprehensive offer of settlement. We encourage you to review this offer at collegefaculty.org.  The next day, on September 29, the conciliator/mediator suggested that both parties “stand down” to take a break from the bargaining process and to allow […]

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Legal strike or lockout date set for October 15

Legal strike or lockout date set for October 15

| 28/09/2017 | 0 Comments

TORONTO – The conciliator in contract negotiations between Ontario’s public colleges and their unionized faculty has confirmed October 15 at 12:01 a.m. as the time a legal strike or lockout could begin at all 24 public colleges in the province. The conciliator issued the date after faculty represented by the Ontario Public Service Employees Union […]

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This is no ordinary round of bargaining

This is no ordinary round of bargaining

| 28/09/2017 | 0 Comments

The current round of collective bargaining between the College Employer Council and your college faculty bargaining team is no ordinary round. In the colleges’ current governance structure, college administrators see faculty as employees only, not as colleagues whose voice in setting the academic direction of colleges is fundamentally important to student success. When it comes […]

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Union’s Comprehensive Offer

Union’s Comprehensive Offer

| 27/09/2017 | 0 Comments

Union’s Comprehensive Offer for Settlement – September 27, 2017 College Council has an opportunity to bring their offer to faculty directly for a vote, after it has been presented to our team and rejected. If Council believes this to be the best settlement offer they can make to faculty, they just need to ask the OLRB […]

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