Faculty and librarians vote to unionize at St Michael's

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; prudham@utfa.org

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