ON colleges, faculty have new collective bargaining agreement

January 3, 2018

Both local unions and the body representing Ontario’s public colleges have praised the decision of a provincially appointed arbitrator that was released late last December. The ruling includes a four-year contract with wage increases of 1.75% retroactive to October 1st, 2017, with increases of 2% in each of the following three years. It also establishes a seniority system for partial-load faculty, as well as a provincial task force to examine faculty complement, precarious work, provincial funding of colleges, and other such issues. "We have a workable award that is in the best interests of all parties and we want to thank the arbitrator for his efforts," said Sonia Del Missier, Chair of the Colleges' Bargaining Team. “We will be focused on rebuilding our positive working relationship with faculty that is in the best interests of the colleges, our students, and our communities.” CBC