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Bargaining 2017 Recap

Here is a helpful table recapping the outcome of 2017 Ontario College Faculty negotiations.

What happened in 2017?

The following is the aftermath of the Kaplan award, excluding the immediate arrangements for returning to work after the strike:

What the Union got What the College Employer Council got
  • Wage increases of 1.75%, 2%, 2%, 2%·
  • Staffing: Article 2 returns to its previous form – no freeze on union challenging staffing
  • Online: Article 11.01 B2 – establishes that a Teaching Contact Hour (TCH) is a teaching contact hour, no matter which mode is used to delivery the course
  • Workload Article 11.02 C2 – WMG can now formally consider the number of students requiring accommodation
  • Academic Freedom: incorporated directly into the CA
  • Benefits: Paramedical coverage cap increases from $1,500/year to $2,000/year
  • Benefits: Added social workers and psychotherapists to the list of paramedical providers
  • Partial Load: College will endeavour to have contracts to partial-load faculty prior to the start of the term
  • Partial Load: move partial-load faculty up the salary grid faster so they are not waiting for years to progress
  • Partial Load Registry for work assignment
  • Initial Salary Calculation: raised maximum credit for formal qualifications from 6 years to 7 years
  • Provincial Task Force: to examine faculty complement, precarious work, provincial funding of the colleges, student mental health, academic governance, intellectual property
  • Bill 148 “Equal Pay for Equal Work”: Parties agree to discuss changes to the CA related to Bill 148
  • Counsellors: Parties agree to review the class definition of a Counsellor and consider updates
  • 4-year term for the Collective Agreement·
  • Staffing: Union can’t rely on old 2014-2017 staffing data to file staffing grievances
  • Initial Salary Calculation: Management can allocate up to 5 discretionary steps at hiring, can ask to allocate more, but to do so requires union consent “which shall not be unreasonably withheld”

 

It is important to note what the Ontario Government took away in the intervening years 2018-2020:

What the Ford Government took away
  • Future wage increases limited to 1% for 3 years through Bill 124·
  • Bill 148 “Equal Pay for Equal Work”: Bill 148 was repealed
  • Provincial Task Force: was cancelled

 

The following is a history of wage increases in the system:

Sept 1, 2008 – 1%
Sept 1, 2009 – 1.75%
Sept 1, 2010 – 2%
Sept 1, 2011 – 2%
2012 – 0%
2013 – 0%
Sept 1, 2014 – 1%
Sept 1, 2015 – 1%
Sept 1, 2016 – 1%
Oct 1, 2017 – 1.75%
Oct 1, 2018 – 2%
Oct 1, 2019 – 2%
Oct 1, 2020 – 2%