The Stakes of This Round of Bargaining: $20/hour Teachers Proposed at Mohawk College

| 19/06/2017

The Stakes of This Round of Bargaining: $20/hour Teachers Proposed at Mohawk College

 

Mohawk College in Hamilton features a summer program taught in conjunction with a Quebec CEGEP.  Traditionally, Mohawk has staffed similar programs with Mohawk employees who were members of our provincewide CAAT-A bargaining unit.

However, this spring, Mohawk informed its faculty union of its intention to hire outside teachers to staff this program.  The proposed wage for these “insourced” teachers?  $20 per hour.

This is why this summer’s renegotiation of our Collective Agreement is crucial.  While our last round of bargaining provided new provisions to protect members’ jobs from outsourcing, those provisions are set to expire with our current Collective Agreement, in September.  This point cannot be made more clearly: Our very jobs depend on our willingness to fight to protect the integrity of our bargaining unit.

Keeping the same Collective Agreement will not guarantee the same results for us as Union members, as over 150 formerly-Partial-Load faculty at Seneca can testify!  Our jobs can only be protected by introducing meaningful and durable language to ensure the integrity of our bargaining unit.

Mohawk recently announced that it was discontinuing its plan to insource teachers for $20/hour.  That is a victory, but it demonstrates that our hard-won benefits can only be preserved through concerted, collective effort, and a willingness to publicly expose poor management practices.

 

Category: Bargaining, Colleges, Solidarity, Workload

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