TORONTO, Aug. 30 /CNW/ - This afternoon, the McGuinty government
announced that following a full consultative review, part-time and seasonal
college employees will be granted the right to bargain, says the College
Student Alliance (CSA).
"Ontario college and college/university students are pleased with today's
announcement that will ensure that all employees of Ontario's Colleges of
Applied Arts and Technology (CAATs) and Institutes of Technology and Advance
Learning (ITALs) are treated fair and equally no matter if they are full- or
part-time employees," says Tyler Wiles, president of the College Student
Currently, Ontario is the only province in Canada where part-time college
workers are denied the right to bargain collectively. This simple right has
been denied to part-timers since the Colleges Collective Bargaining Act was
passed in 1975. Following the October 10th election, the respected Kevin
Whitaker, Chair of the College Relations Commission will lead a review that
will provide guidance on how the rights should be given.
"A consultative review will allow all stakeholders involved an
opportunity to provide their input and advice on such an important issue
facing Ontario's 24 colleges," adds Wiles. "Students will be looking to Mr.
Whitaker to ensure that their part-time on-campus employment is not threatened
or reduced as a result of the unionization of part-time workers."
Of the 17,000 part-timers working at Ontario colleges 5,136 are students
working part-time funded by the Ontario Work Study (OWS) program and/or
tuition set-aside. In 2003-04, 2,538 students working on-campus were OSAP
recipients and another 3,689 were non-OSAP recipients. Confederation College
in Thunder Bay has found that 75 per cent of students who worked part-time on
OWS graduated compared to the college average of only 55 per cent.
"The CSA supports and respects all staff working day in and day out at
our colleges to educate the future leaders of tomorrow," says Tyler
Charlebois, Director of Advocacy. "The knowledge and experience that part- and
full-time faculty bring to the classroom is what the college system was
founded on," adds Charlebois.
The CSA looks forward to working with Mr. Whitaker and all other
stakeholders to see that any decision made is in the best interest of our
students and works to improve the overall quality of education.
The College Student Alliance (CSA) is an advocacy and services
organization which has been proudly serving Ontario's college and
college/university students since 1975. The CSA currently represents 16
colleges and 23 student councils with over 109,000 full-time student members
throughout the province.
For further information:
For further information: Tyler Charlebois, Director of Advocacy, T:
(416) 340-1212, C: (416) 346-9951, E: Charlebois@csaontario.org; Tyler Wiles,
President, T: (519) 972-2727 x 4524, C: (519) 566-7211, E: