College Faculty 2017 Bargaining FAQ

| 18/06/2017

College Faculty 2017 Bargaining FAQ


  1. How are bargaining demands created?

Demands were generated through local demand set meetings held at all 24 faculty locals. Each local then sent their top ten demands to the bargaining team so they could be included in the provincial demand set book.

Each academic local sent delegates to the provincial demand set meeting, held on March 4 and 5, 2017, in Toronto. In the past, individual bargaining demands passed at one of the 24 local demand-set meetings would be brought to the floor at the provincial meeting.  However, this year the bargaining team took a different approach in order to focus our demands and ensure that all faculty groups are represented. The team aggregated all of the local demands received into 10 global demands, three demands that address the issues of librarians and counselors, and three demands that address the issues of partial load faculty

Delegates at the provincial meeting then chose to move and debate the bargaining team demands. All 16 of these demands were passed by the delegates at the meeting. These demands are the initial demands set by the provincial CAAT-A bargaining team and may be altered as bargaining progresses.


  1. What are our top demands?

Coming out of the provincial demand set meeting, the global demands were:

  1. Establish academic freedom and collegial governance.
  2. Improve the salary grids and wages to better our position in relation to our comparator groups and to account for inflation.
  3. Improve job security, complement, and layoff language.
  4. Improve workload factors to provide adequate time for academic work.
  5. Prevent the contracting out, privatization, or outsourcing of faculty work in whole or in part.
  6. Improve workload language to ensure that all faculty work is recorded on the SWF and that volunteerism is eliminated
  7. Strengthen intellectual property rights.
  8. Improved benefit coverage for all faculty.
  9. Improve language for replacement and consideration.
  10. Strengthen language to improve union representation of members working inside and outside the Province of Ontario


Demands for counselors and librarians included a workload formula, workload and caseload limits for counsellors and creating a ratio of librarians and counsellors to number of students.

The top demands for partial load were for greater job security and parity in workload calculation between full time and partial load and to record and compensate total partial-load workload.

  1. How are demands turned into contract language?

From April to June the bargaining team puts the demands passed at provincial demand setting into contract language. They do this by linking demands to the current Collective Agreement (CA) language and looking at language proposed in previous rounds of bargaining and contained in other faculty CAs. The team attempts to express the intent of demands in language that is clear, concise, and legally sound.

Consultation with OPSEU legal counsel, the OPSEU research department and with the Canadian Association of University Teachers is an important part of this process.

Extracted from the College Faculty 2017 Bargaining FAQ, which also includes information about the bargaining process and strike pay.  The complete document is located by clicking the “Bargaining 2017” link at the top of

Category: Bargaining, Negotiations

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