An update from your Bargaining team: Arbitrator awards improvements far beyond those offered by Employer in negotiations

On September 23, Arbitrator William Kaplan awarded all OPSEU/SEFPO College Faculty members a new collective agreement that will govern our working conditions until September 30, 2024.   This award (linked here) includes significant gains in areas including equity, indigenization and partial-load job security, and acknowledges workload associated with multi-modal courses.   Click here to download […]

Gains from the 2022 Kaplan Award

By now, you have likely seen Arbitrator Kaplan’s decision, released on Friday afternoon.  It concludes this round of bargaining, which lasted 15 months, in the middle of a pandemic and under the wage constraints of Bill 124. We have much to be proud of, including having achieved a concession-free agreement, with gains for our collective […]

Kaplan Bargaining Award Decision Published

15 months after our Collective Agreement negotiations began, and six months after the parties agreed to conclude the negotiations through a process of interest arbitration, Arbitrator William Kaplan has today released his award that determines our new Collective Agreement, which will be in force until September 30, 2024 Please find his award, which identifies the […]

Bargaining Update

OPSEU CAAT-A and the CEC participated in a mediation/arbitration September 7-9, 2022. Following the mediation part of the proceeding, an arbitration occurred on September 9, 2022. The arbitrator’s award will form the new collective agreement and it is anticipated that it will be received shortly. The arbitrator has imposed a continued media blackout until the […]

Bargaining and Arbitration update

A huge thank you to each of you for standing strong during a long and difficult round of bargaining. As you know by now, facing pressure from student organizations and the resolve of faculty, on Thursday evening–just one hour before the strike deadline–the College Employer Council (CEC) agreed to send matters to binding interest arbitration. […]

Joint Statement about CAAT-A Bargaining

The parties have reached an agreement to enter binding interest arbitration and the strike that was scheduled to commence at 12:01 am on March 18, 2022, is called off. This also concludes all work-to-rule strike activities.

Bargaining Update, Sample Letters to Students

Over the past two days, the bargaining team has met with close to 2,000 members at various Locals to address questions arising as a result of the strike deadline. The solidarity and resolve demonstrated by faculty in these meetings was simply inspiring.   The faculty bargaining team is meeting with the College Employer team today in […]

Strike Update and Reminders

We are all encouraged at the news that bargaining resumed today. It remains our hope that a deal will be reached at the table. In the event that no deal is reached, as of 12:01 AM Friday, March 18, all members of OPSEU Local 415 will be on strike. This is a full withdrawal of our […]

Bargaining continues Thursday

Yesterday, the faculty bargaining team invited the CEC to join us back to the table today and tomorrow (see attached letter) with no preconditions, and they have agreed to meet on Thursday.  Both parties will meet on Thursday to attempt to reach a negotiated settlement prior to the strike deadline at 12.01am Friday, March 18.   As we indicated […]

Strike Information and Updates

I share in our collective frustration that, short of a last-minute agreement, we will be on strike this Friday. The length of an eventual strike is partly out of our control, but the individual choices we each make will matter. The more we engage in strike duties, the more information we share in our networks, […]