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December 10, 2021 Bargaining Updates

December 10, 2021

An excerpt from the Town Hall: “What if the vote is unsuccessful?” https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eitDGtXn7GQ

December 9, 2021

Greetings Faculty:

Over the last two nights, the faculty bargaining team has held two provincewide bargaining update meetings, with over 2,400 faculty attendees in attendance. These meetings were in addition to the General Membership meetings that the team attended at seventeen different Union Locals over the last two weeks.

We are attaching the presentations from each of the two meetings: December 8 2021 Bargaining Team Presentation FINAL NN December 2021 Bargaining Team Presentation PL Town Hall FINAL NN (The presentation on Dec. 7th focused specifically on Partial-Load issues.)  We apologize that the short turnaround has prevented us from including translations of these presentations at this time.

We are also including the faculty team’s response to the CEC’s recent “Strike Vote FAQ”, in which we address some of the misleading statements that have recently been published by the CEC in advance of the strike mandate vote: 7 Dec 2021 Response to CEC FAQ-EN

The strike vote will run virtually from Thursday, December 9th at 9:00 AM until Saturday, December 11th at 3:00 P.M.  It is conducted by the Ontario Labour Relations Board (OLRB).  A FAQ about voting (including a phone number to call if you have any problems voting) can be found at: https://www.collegefaculty.org/2021/12/07/college-faculty-strike-vote/

In particular, we wish to remind Partial-Load faculty who teach at more than one college that they should only vote once, even if they receive different PINs for each workplace.

This strike vote is your clearest opportunity to inform the Employer that you stand behind faculty demands, and that you insist that the CEC address them meaningfully.  We urge you to take advantage of that opportunity, and to reach out to your colleagues, to encourage them to do the same.

Yours in solidarity,
JP, Jonathan, Katie, Michelle, Ravi, Rebecca, and Shawn

 

December 8, 2021

From the December 7 Town Hall: JP Hornick’s Closing Remarks to Partial-Load Faculty

 

FAQ

Below are some quick answers to common questions faculty have raised about a strike mandate:

Does a successful strike vote mean there will be a full strike?

Despite the CEC’s assertions, the simple answer is no.

A strong strike mandate indicates to the employer that faculty are serious about their demands, and about their willingness to take action to support them.

The faculty team has planned an escalating campaign of labour and other actions to build pressure on the employer, and to be able to respond to attempts by the CEC to impose terms and conditions.

 

Will we be on strike over the holiday break?

No.

 

When will the team call a strike?

The faculty team will not call a strike over the holiday break.  In fact, the faculty team has planned an escalating work-to-rule and labour action campaign to build pressure on the employer and avoid a strike.

 

What would a strike look like now? 

It’s not about walking around (mostly empty) buildings with signs: it’s about recognizing that our collective power comes from the work that we do.  Withholding that work (in various forms) is what will force the employer to recognize its value.

 

Questions you should ask your College President and the CEC team:

  1. Why won’t the CEC team agree to voluntary binding interest arbitration to settle outstanding issues and avoid labour disruption? As a college president, will you tell the CEC team to either bargain faculty’s key demands or agree to send outstanding issues to binding interest arbitration?

 

  1. If the CEC’s offer is fair and reasonable and represents the best they can do this round, why won’t they call a final offer vote?
    • This is something only the CEC team can do, and the results would tell them exactly what faculty think of their offer.

 

  1. Why won’t the CEC team tell faculty whether or not they plan to impose terms and conditions and what those terms will be?

 

Again, we encourage you to read the presentation 25 November 2021 Presentation for Members and infographic BARGAINING INFOGRAPHIC (EN), to better understand the current bargaining situation, and to get a clear sense of each side’s offer.  We look forward to communicating more shortly, once we have had an opportunity to carefully consider the CEC’s latest proposal, as we are similarly reviewing their latest proposed Offer of Settlement.

 

 

 

Proposals and Bulletins

Your bargaining team has shared all of their non-monetary proposals including draft contract language. The union’s proposals are rooted in feedback from consultations with faculty and students; existing best practices in our system and in other post-secondary education (PSE) institutions; model language from and discussions with Canadian Association of University Teachers (CAUT) and other PSE leaders; and through review of both the language proposed by the locals this round, along with language that has been tabled previously. It is all backed by research and bolstered by the findings in the updated Report on Education.

Prior Union Proposals

 

 

Current Union Proposal

For further updates, see collegefaculty.org

 

Management Proposals

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