TORONTO, Feb. 18 /CNW/ - In a historic ballot held on the campus of the
University of St Michael's College on Thursday, February 17, professors
and librarians voted to certify themselves as members of the University
of Toronto Faculty Association (UTFA), claiming the right to bargain
all terms and conditions of their employment as set out in the Ontario
Labour Relations Act.
While the University of St Michael's College is one of a group of
'federated' colleges of the University of Toronto, it is equally a
separate institution with its own board of governors and administrative
structure. The existing Memorandum of Agreement between the faculty
and administration of the University of Toronto does not apply to the
academic staff employed directly by St Michael's.
With significant recent changes in policies and practices at the
University of St. Michael's College, faculty and librarians felt the
time opportune to strengthen institutional integrity through
certification. As the theology faculty and librarians had no collective
agreement or established bargaining framework, academic staff conducted
a certification campaign which resulted in yesterday's balloting.
Commenting on the campaign, Professor Michael Attridge said: "While
specific issues were the occasion for the certification drive, the
underlying motivation was to facilitate transparency, accountability,
and dialogue in our ongoing relationship with the administration."
Professor Attridge continued: "I am proud of the decision taken by my
colleagues; I believe our actions will lead to an even stronger and
mutually respectful relationship with the administration of the
University of St Michael's College."
SOURCE University of Toronto Faculty Association
For further information:
Scott Prudham, Vice-President, UTFA, 416-660-0089; firstname.lastname@example.org