McGuinty Government Announces Intention To Recognize Bargaining Rights For Part-Time College Workers

    Kevin Whitaker Appointed To Review Colleges Collective Bargaining Act

    TORONTO, Aug. 30 /CNW/ - The Ontario government intends to introduce
legislative amendments that would extend collective bargaining rights to
part-time college workers, Chris Bentley, Minister of Training, Colleges and
Universities announced today.
    "Our government proposes to recognize collective bargaining rights for
part-time college workers as part of a broad review of collective bargaining
at colleges," said Bentley. "In just four years, we've increased college
funding by 30 per cent after 12 years where funding went down. Now we're
planning for the future, beginning with a review of the legislation governing
college labour relations, by drawing upon Kevin Whitaker's extensive
    Kevin Whitaker, Chair of the Ontario Labour Relations Board, the College
Relations Commission and the Education Relations Commission, has been
appointed to conduct a broad-based review of the Colleges Collective
Bargaining Act (CCBA). The review will examine the current Act and whether it
enables Ontario's colleges to meet their mandate, to respond to changing needs
of students, employers and their local communities, and to establish and
maintain good labour relations.
    A labour relations adjudicator, arbitrator and mediator, Kevin Whitaker
practiced as a labour lawyer from 1989 to 1995, including two years as counsel
to the Workers' Compensation Appeals Tribunal. He was appointed to the Ontario
Labour Relations Board in 1995 and is a member of the Board of Directors of
the Council of Canadian Administrative Tribunals. Whitaker has written and
lectured widely on a variety of labour relations issues, and is a graduate of
Queen's University and Osgoode Hall Law School.
    "Colleges are an integral part of Ontario's postsecondary education and
training system," said Whitaker. "I look forward to reviewing and reporting on
how the CCBA can best meet students' changing needs while supporting fair
labour relations."
    Ontario's 24 colleges employ more than 35,000 academic and support staff
and serve approximately 250,000 students. This includes 150,000 postsecondary
students and about 100,000 students enrolled in programs such as
apprenticeships, co-op diploma apprenticeship programs, literacy and basic
skills programs, and international students.
    A written report setting out the review's findings and recommendations
will be submitted to Minister of Training, Colleges and Universities by the
end of February, 2008.

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For further information:

For further information: Contacts: Emily Bain, Minister's Office, (416)
326-1609; Miriam Griffin, Communications Branch, (416) 325-7526, Public
Inquiries: (416) 325-2929 or 1-800-387-5514, TTY: 1-800-263-2892

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