15
OCT
2017

Ontario college strike begins Monday morning as employer rejects faculty offer

Official Press Release TORONTO – More than 12,000 Ontario public college faculty will be on the picket line rather than in their classrooms on Monday morning after talks between the Ontario Public Service Employees Union (OPSEU) and the College Employer Council failed to produce...
14
OCT
2017

Union tables final offer in a bid to avert strike

TORONTO – The union bargaining team for Ontario public college faculty has tabled its final offer to the College Employer Council in a bid to avert a strike at 12:01 a.m. Monday. The union offer is built around three critical proposals to improve education quality for students...
13
OCT
2017

Why was the Final Offer rejected?

The College Employer Council tabled a “final offer” on Tuesday and then walked away from further bargaining. This is not negotiation, but rather dictating terms of settlement. Still, any offer should be considered, and the bargaining team did consider it, but quickly...
10
OCT
2017

College faculty set October 16 strike deadline

TORONTO – College faculty represented by the Ontario Public Service Employees Union (OPSEU) have set a strike deadline of 12:01 a.m. October 16 in contract talks with their employer, the College Employer Council. “Today was another frustrating day of bargaining, during which our...
28
SEP
2017

This is no ordinary round

The current round of collective bargaining between the College Employer Council and your college faculty bargaining team is no ordinary round. In the colleges’ current governance structure, college administrators see faculty as employees only, not as colleagues whose voice in...
22
SEP
2017

College faculty request “no-board” report in contract talks

September 21, 2017 TORONTO – The union bargaining team for 12,000 Ontario college faculty has asked the conciliator in its negotiations with the College Employer Council to issue a “no-board” report, a move that will put the parties in a legal strike or lockout position by...
18
SEP
2017

Speak up!

Now is the time to be heard!  Faculty, students, parents, indeed anyone who cares about public post-secondary education in our province should be concerned and speaking up about the current direction of Ontario colleges.  Call or write your MPP.  Sign the petition.  Even...
15
SEP
2017

So what’s next?

First of all, the Local 653 Executive would like to send a sincere thank you to all members of Local 653 who participated in yesterday’s vote.  Our democratic processes depend on your participation and we thank you regardless of how you voted. The local results were distributed...
12
SEP
2017

Some points of clarification, and why you should vote “YES”

The latest communication from the College Council contains a few “stretchers” (to borrow a term from Huck Finn).  We will attempt to clarify some of the confusion that may be caused by this missive, and at the same time hopefully make a compelling case for voting...
08
SEP
2017

Message from the Bargaining Team

As faculty and students return to campuses, I wanted to take a moment to provide you with some updates. First of all, last Friday, we sent a letter to the College Employer Council and the presidents of each college to extend them an invitation to join us at Queen’s Park on...