Despite attempts by Council and management to claim this, there is no other way to read this award as an unprecedented and historic victory for the college`s faculty. Arbitrator Kaplan heard entries from both sides, looked at these issues in depth, and appears to have accepted that the faculty had the best plan for colleges. We bargain collectively as colleges of applied arts and technology. We are a division of the Public Utilities Union of Ontario. Last fall, delegates from the 24 colleges came together and chose a negotiating team. You can read about the whole process and the membership of the bargaining team in their first Bargaining Bulletin which you will find here – opseu.org/news/facing-challenges-together-caat-negotiations-bulletin-issue-1. All ballots are linked to the column on the left. In light of the Ford government`s announcement that 60% of post-secondary funding will be tied to performance ratios, DivEx proposes that the locals convene a meeting of their Employment Stability Committee (CESC) to gather and plan proactive information, mitigate negative effects on the faculty. By now starting these discussions on the CESC process, which falls largely within the scope of Articles 27 and 28, we have a chance to organise the results in our universities.
DivEx recommends the CESC instead of UCC as the mechanism for these discussions due to the inherent timelines of the CESC. For example, when a cesc member requests a meeting pursuant to section 27.05(iii) within 3 calendar days of the start of the CESC process, the committee meets within seven calendar days to discuss the anticipated downsizing, circumstances that lead to it, etc. Thanks to the CESC, these discussions will remain on track, meetings will be held regularly and we will receive information from our colleges in due course. Discussions on the CESC will also allow us to ask our universities about their budgets and how they intend to fill this potential funding gap. If you are not familiar with your college`s budgeting process, use CESC meetings to have it explained. Med/arb does not mean that negotiations are restarting; The med/arb process normally begins where the talks have been interrupted and the arbitrators repeat the points agreed in their final decisions. In med/arb, parties cannot add new proposals. What typically happens is that the parties present their arguments and it is the arbitrator who decides which ones are the most convincing. All the issues on which the arbitrator decides are grouped together and the resulting package is an arbitration award that contains all the amendments to the collective agreement for the current cycle. Local 244 joined our residents at CAAT-Academic in filing complaints about the college`s non-compliance with the CBA, although it is clearly obligated to do so in Bill 178 (the bill that sent us back to work). The return of more than 12,000 faculties after a five-week strike that ended Nov. 20 has been hit by issues that affect universities` efforts to save students` semesters, Hornick said.
Bill 178, the back-to-work legislation passed on Nov. 19, requires parties to respect the existing faculty collective agreement, but colleges refuse to do so. “The problems at La Cité, notoriously anti-union, are just the tip of the iceberg,” he said. “Colleges are adopting a coordinated centralized strategy to dismantle the union, even if it means sacrificing the quality of education. That`s why I`m calling on Advanced Education Minister Deb Matthews to order colleges to obey Bill 178 and work with the faculty to save the semester. However, changes in the university system, such as a dramatic increase in class sizes and a growing reliance on under-load faculties, have led to the creation of a large underpaid and overburdened segment of under-load faculties, whose workload is limited by the limit of 12 hours of classes per week, unlike full-time faculties, whose workload is limited compared to many other factors such as class sizes. Contact time with teaching and number of preparations and course sections….