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, […]

CEC’s Latest Communication

We have forwarded the CEC’s latest communication, and the actual statement from the Treasury Board, to our legal team for review.  Neither was ever presented to us before being made public, and this is the first we’ve seen it.  The faculty bargaining team, and to our knowledge, OPSEU/SEFPO, were not consulted by the Treasury Board (TB) […]

Announcement of Strike Deadline

Today, three months after commencing work-to-rule action, we are setting a strike deadline in an effort to compel the College Employer Council (CEC) and the College Presidents to do either of the two things they have refused to do since bargaining began:  Complete negotiations on faculty’s priority issues, or, Refer outstanding issues to binding interest […]

Escalation of Job Action – Potential Strike

As of today, all CAAT-A Locals are beginning to prepare for a strike. This is happening because the College Employer Council has refused to negotiate or agree to binding interest arbitration, where an arbitrator would lead the way to a settlement. Both options have remained open to the CEC since November. The Colleges could end this dispute immediately. However, the […]

Legal rationale work-to-rule

Attached please find the letter from our legal team regarding the lawfulness of our work-to-rule actions.  Please note in particular: “The direction to engage in a strike, and the nature of the strike action, are matters for the union to determine. The College Employer Council (CEC) and the Colleges have no role to play in […]