TORONTO, Sept. 10, 2012 /CNW/ - Faculty at Ontario's 24 colleges have
ratified a new collective agreement. The vote held on Monday, September
10, delivered 88.8 percent approval.
The agreement includes improvements to job security for vulnerable
partial-load workers and makes progress in clarifying the role of
coordinators, who may not supervise other bargaining unit members.
"I commend the College Faculty bargaining team and all of our faculty
members on the achievement of this new agreement," said OPSEU President
Warren (Smokey) Thomas. "They have successfully defended our education
system against some truly terrible proposals by the College Employer
Council, which would have undermined Ontario's colleges for years to
"College Faculty have refused to allow the employer to disrupt the
school year for hundreds of thousands of students," said College
Faculty Bargaining Team Co-chair, Carolyn Gaunt. "This new contract is
an indication of the depth of our commitment to quality education in
The new two-year agreement includes no wage gains. Settlement became
possible, however, when the College Employer Council withdrew all of
their demands from the table. This was prompted when faculty scheduled
a strike vote.
"The most offensive management proposal was the introduction of
'facilitators' as a new teaching classification," said Gaunt. "We have
effectively put a stop to this terrible idea. Management would have
created a whole new way to hire low-paid contract teaching staff.
Education workers and students deserve better."
The previous collective agreement expired on August 31, 2012.
OPSEU represents more than 10,000 faculty members at colleges across
Ontario. Faculty members include counsellors, instructors, professors
For further information:
Carolyn Gaunt, College Faculty Bargaining Team Co-chair: 705-929-2756 (c)
Ted Montgomery, College Faculty Bargaining Team Co-chair: 416-578-4255 (c)
Emily Visser, OPSEU Communications Officer (bilingual): 416-557-7936 (c)