College faculty will vote Tuesday on an offer that could end strike – here are the details

Now in their fifth week on the picket line, Ontario’s 12,000 striking college faculty members are gearing up for a high-stakes vote that could stop the job action in its tracks.

Striking Ontario Public Service Employees Union (OPSEU) members will cast their ballots on the colleges’ final offer beginning Tuesday at 9 a.m. — a vote triggered by the colleges after talks broke down a week ago - writes lfpress.com.

Bypassing OPSEU’s bargaining committee, the College Employer Council approached the Ontario Labour Relations Board to bring its deal to rank-and-file faculty. The vote will be completed by electronic ballot and will run until Thursday.

A vote in favour of the settlement would end the strike that’s cast more than a half million students out of class, a vote against it could send both sides back to the bargaining table.

On the eve of the potentially strike ending vote, the council created a new website to give striking faculty more information about their offer.

“College faculty are making a very important decision and still have many questions,” said council bargaining chairperson Sonia Del Missier in a statement.

“We are launching this site in response to the union’s continued misrepresentation of the offer being voted on by faculty.”

If the deal is approved by OPSEU members, classes could begin as early as Nov. 21, the council said. A vote to reject the offer means faculty will remain on strike until a resolution is found.

In a letter to faculty Monday, OPSEU called on its members to reject the council’s offer, saying it does not do enough to stem precarious work or ensure instructors’ academic freedom — two issues at the core of the job action that started Oct. 16.

“The offer you are to vote on is filled with concessions that will gut our system for years to come, cost each of us more in unpaid work after the strike, and further expand the ranks of the most marginalized contract workers,” OPSEU’s letter to faculty read.

Wage increases

  • $1.75 per cent wage increase in the first year, followed by 2 per cent annual increases for the next three.
  • $115,378 maximum salary in place by Oct. 1, 2020
  • Improving partial-load faculty – instructors who teach more than six hours but less than 12 per week on a regular basis – salaries by giving them more credit for the months they’ve taught, pushing them through the compensation grid faster than before.

Job security

  • Colleges will prioritize creating full-time positions over partial-load ones when possible, while weighing the program’s economic viability and course objectives.
  • The union can grieve college staffing decisions
  • The agreement asks colleges to keep a registry of partial-load faculty and the courses they’ve taught to prioritize the employees in future hiring decisions.
  • When a full-time position opens up, first consideration will be given to current full-time or partial-load employees. They’re considered internal candidates.
  • Allow teachers to voluntarily take on more work to reduce the use of part-time employees, a move the unions says will mean fewer teaching hours available for partial-load faculty.

Academic freedom

  • Every college will develop a policy that defines rights, obligations and limitations to academic freedom.
  • The council’s letter said faculty have “the right to enquire about, investigate, pursue and speak freely about academic issues” without fear of reprisal.
  • While exercising academic freedom, faculty must follow legal parameters, college regulations and Ministry of Advanced Education and Skills Development directives.
  • Faculty can speak freely as public citizens in the classroom, as long as they indicate they’re not representing the college.

Other proposals

  • Creating a government task force to weigh in on key issues including staffing models, governance and college funding.
  • Discuss intellectual property issues between both sides with the province

    Read also other news of London on our site.
Collegefaculty strike London
If you notice an error, highlight the text you want and press Ctrl + Enter to report it to the editor
3 views in august
I recommend
No recommendations yet

Comments

Post your comment to communicate and discuss this article.

Лучшее - городу
Каждому городу Казахстана свой полезный сайт! Теперь мы освещаем новости шести крупных городов Казахстана - Караганды, Шымкента, Атырау, Актау, Алматы и Астаны.  Сегодня информационная картинка дня в Казахстане в большей мере состоит из новостей двух столиц. Национальные медиа массивно освещают новости из здания парламента, а городские новости представлены только громкими происшествиями или вопиющими случаями. Городские же сайты создают локальную повестку...
Society
An EE customer has said she was stalked by an ex-partner who worked at the firm, after he accessed her personal data without permission. Francesca Bonafede's number was switched to a new handset and her address and bank details were accessed. She said the company failed to take the data breach seriously and she had to involve police. EE "sincerely apologised" to Ms Bonafede, and said the employee no longer worked for the company. 'They didn't seem concerne...
Society
West Ham say they have handed over all of their evidence to the police after completing a "thorough and immediate" investigation into racist abuse shouted at Liverpool's Mohamed Salah. The incident happened during Monday's 1-1 draw at London Stadium. Egypt striker Salah, 26, was filmed on a mobile phone from a section of home supporters as he was taking a corner. "The club is unequivocal in its stance - such abuse will not be tolerated," West Ham said in a...
Society
A body seen in the wreckage of the plane carrying Cardiff City footballer Emiliano Sala and pilot David Ibbotson has been recovered, investigators said. Remotely operated Vehicles (ROVs) were used in ‘challenging conditions’ to pull the body out of the water ‘in as dignified a way as possible’ the Air Accidents Investigation Branch (AAIB) said on Wednesday night. The body is being taken to Portland to be passed over to the Dorset coroner for examination, t...
Society
The US president, who has repeatedly criticised the military alliance, would meet with heads of state in London, Nato secretary general Jens Stoltenberg announced on Wednesday. It would be Mr Trump's second visit to Britain since his election, having jetted in amid swathes of protest last July. I am pleased to announce that allies have agreed that the next meeting of Nato heads of state and government will take place in London in December 2019. The meeting...
Society
Rolf Harris was jailed for five years and nine months in 2014 but released on licence in May 2017 Credit: PA Officials are investigating a report that disgraced entertainer Rolf Harris walked onto the grounds of a primary school and waved at pupils. The convicted sex offender went onto the premises of Oldfield Primary School near his home in Bray, Maidenhead, to talk to a sculptor working in the grounds, the Daily Mirror reported. Harris, who was jailed fo...
Crime
Two men have been arrested on suspicion of murder after a teenager was stabbed to death. Police and London Ambulance Service were called to Wolsey Court, off Westbridge Road in Battersea, at 7.52pm on Tuesday following reports of a stabbing. A 19-year-old man was found with stab injuries and died at the scene at 8.36pm despite paramedics battling to save his life. The stabbing took place less than half a mile from Prince George's primary school, Thomas's B...
Society
The girl, who has been named Roman by nurses, was found at around 10pm on Thursday in the park in Roman Road in East Ham.  Police said Roman was wrapped in a white towel and placed in the shopping bag on the ground next to a bench in the small children's play park.  The baby was rushed to hospital where she was in a stable condition on Friday morning, the Metropolitan Police said.  Roman was discovered by grandmother-of-one Rima Zvaliauskiene, 50, just 100...
Society
The operation to recover the doomed plane carrying Emiliano Sala off Guernsey could be hampered by days of poor weather as the man brought in by the footballer's family to find him said he could be in the wreckage. The English Channel is being battered by torrential ran, 40mph winds and 10ft waves with the poor conditions set to continue - and worsen - until the end of the week, MailOnline can reveal today. The families of the £15million striker and his pi...