College Bargaining Rights Expanded and Modernized

    McGuinty Government Extends Bargaining Rights to Part-Time Workers

    TORONTO, Oct. 1 /CNW/ -


    New legislation passed today gives part-time college workers in Ontario
the right to collective bargaining.
    The new Colleges Collective Bargaining Act, 2008
(, gives part-time and
sessional college workers the right to bargain collectively for the first time
in Ontario. The act also modernizes collective bargaining processes in
colleges for the first time in 33 years, bringing them more in-line with those
in most other Ontario workplaces.
    This new legislation marks an important step forward in modernizing the
province's college system and ensuring strong, stable learning environments
and a quality education experience for students.
    The legislation was developed with strong input from college workplace
parties and after a thorough review followed by a report and recommendations
from Kevin Whitaker, Chair of the Ontario Labour Relations Board, who was
appointed by the government to review college collective bargaining.


    "This marks a major step forward for the rights of part-time college
workers and for the strength of our colleges - a cornerstone of Ontario's
postsecondary and training system," said Minister of Training, Colleges and
Universities John Milloy


    -   There are more than 17,000 part-time faculty and support staff
        working in Ontario colleges, representing about half the total

    -   Ontario colleges serve about 250,000 students, including regular
        postsecondary studies, apprenticeships and training programs.

    -   The legislation will take effect following Royal Assent.


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    Legislation has been passed extending collective bargaining rights to
part-time college workers in Ontario for the first time.
    The new Colleges Collective Bargaining Act, 2008, modernizes a bargaining
process that was last updated in 1975 and brings the bargaining process for
college workers in line with that of most other unionized workplaces in
    In August 2007, the government announced its intent to introduce changes
to the existing Colleges Collective Bargaining Act (1975).
    Kevin Whitaker, Chair of the Ontario Labour Relations Board, conducted a
review of the existing Colleges Collective Bargaining Act during Fall 2007.
    A public review process took place and on February 1, 2008, Mr. Whitaker
submitted a full report including recommendations to the government for change
that would balance the needs of students, colleges and workers.
    In addition to extending collective bargaining rights to part-time
workers, the legislation modernizes bargaining processes at colleges, making
them more consistent with the Ontario Labour Relations Act. Upon Royal Assent,
the new changes will:

    -   Establish two new bargaining units for colleges, one for part-time
        and sessional academic staff and one for part-time support staff

    -   Create a certification process governing how the members of the
        bargaining units choose their bargaining agent

    -   Establish a new employer bargaining council to bargain on behalf of
        all college employers. This responsibility is currently held by the
        College Compensation and Appointments Council, a government-appointed

    -   Allow the Minister of Labour to appoint a conciliation officer or
        mediator during contract negotiations, as is the practice under the
        Labour Relations Act

    -   Change the structure of collective bargaining for the sector, giving
        the parties more ownership over the process.

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For further information:

For further information: Annette Phillips, Minister's Office, (416)
326-5748; Greg Flood, Communications Branch, (416) 325-2746

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