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 […]

Phase 3 Work-to-Rule Information

The Colleges’ team, via the CEC, continues to assert that they will not return to the bargaining table, nor agree to refer outstanding issues to interest arbitration, despite faculty having clearly rejected their final offer.  Typically, in bargaining, following a failed final offer vote, the employer concedes that they need to move on workers’ demands.  […]

On behalf of our entire leadership team, thank you for participating in the vote on the employer’s forced offer. We are grateful to you for participating in the process and having your voice heard, particularly during this difficult round of negotiations. Of the 699 ballots cast at Algonquin College, 373 rejected the College Employer Council’s offer. […]

College faculty reject contract, call on employer to negotiate or arbitrate

Ontario college faculty have rejected a contract offer from their employer and are calling on the College Employer Council to either come back to the table and finish the job of negotiating a collective agreement, or enter into voluntary binding interest arbitration.  In voting this week, 62% per cent of you voted to reject Council’s January […]

Members Lacking Vote PINs

As you know, the forced offer vote on the Employer’s offer will end on Thursday at 3:00 P.M.  We hope to receive the results on Friday.  If you have not received a PIN for voting from the Ontario Labour Relations Board, please e-mail the bargaining team IMMEDIATELY, at  Please contact us regardless of whether […]