Employment Equity in the Collective Agreement

Employment Equity in the Collective Agreement

The Collective Agreement contains two references to employment equity. The first, in Article 9: Employee/Employer Relations Committee, Section 9.03 G, reads, “The Committee will examine issues relating to employment equity and means of enhancing it, including an examination of the recognition of part-time service under the College’s Classification Plans.”

The second reference to employment equity is a Letter of Understanding signed by representatives of both parties to the collective agreement. The following is the letter negotiated by the parties and renewed during the most recent round of bargaining.

Ontario Public Service Employees Union
100 Lesmill Road
North York, Ontario
M3B 3P8
Council of Regents for Colleges of Applied Arts and Technology
13th Floor, 101 Bloor Street West
Toronto, Ontario
M5S 2Z7

August 28, 1998

Re: Employment Equity

The parties recognize a shared commitment to achieving employment equity within the college system. This, therefore, will confirm the understanding reached at negotiations between the parties that:

  1. At the local level, the parties will work together to facilitate:
  • the implementation of employment systems, policies and practices, including matters relating to child care, that are non-discriminatory in nature and effect; and
  • the implementation of practices and policies to enhance the hiring of, and transfer, promotion, training and developmental opportunities of, persons from designated groups; and
  • generating data as to the current representation and distribution of the designated groups; and
  • examination of recruitment and practices of hiring into the bargaining unit of persons from designated groups; and
  • the removal of any barriers that may exist in employment policies and the monitoring of data relative to employment equity; and
  • the attainment of appropriate representation of targeted groups identified by the Province of Ontario.
  1. At the provincial level, the parties will work together to ensure that all provisions of the Agreement are non-discriminatory in nature and effect.
  2. At both the provincial and local level, the parties will work together to enhance the participation of individuals from populations identified by the Province of Ontario as designated groups in the day-to-day administration of the Agreement. This could include, but not be limited to, the administration of Articles 7, 9, 11, 32, Appendix II and IV.

The designated groups referred to above are considered to be, for the purpose of this letter:

  • women
  • visible and ethnic minorities
  • disabled persons
  • native persons
  • Francophones

Signed:

L. Casselman, President
Ontario Public Service Employees Union
J. Farrell, Chair
Ontario Council of Regents