Professors at Ontario’s 24 Public Colleges Vote for Jobs Action

The faculty of Ontario colleges received a strike mandate from its members of the 24 publicly funded colleges in a vote held on Saturday.

The faculty is a division of the Ontario Public Service Employees Union which represents more than 15,000 college professors, counselors, librarians and instructors.

More than two-thirds of union members voted, of which 59 percent indicated their desire to continue union action, according to a press release from the College’s Employers’ Council.

Union says it does not intend to start with a full strike, but rather “a campaign of increasingly strict union action and action” to avoid disruption and stress for students too as long as possible.

The faculty group has been in contract negotiations with the college’s Employers Council since July. The previous contract expired on September 30 and the two parties appear to be at an impasse.

Bargaining team chairman JP Hornick said union members were looking for greater security for faculty on part-load contracts.

“The system has generated $ 1.65 billion in profits over the past five years and a large portion of those profits have come from outsourcing, unpaid overtime by professors, and unpaid work by dependent professors. partial, “she said in a statement sent to Star Sunday.

She added that due to Bill 124, which caps public sector pay increases at one percent per year for the next three years, the union is not negotiating for additional pay.

“Our members are sending a clear message that they want to see a negotiated settlement,” OPSEU President Warren (Smokey) Thomas said in a statement on Saturday. “I’m sure a deal is on the table, so let’s go back to the bargaining table and get it. “

“I hope this strike vote will prompt the CEC to start negotiating for real,” Hornick said. “All requests from teachers are extremely low or cost the employer nothing. “

In addition to greater job security for part-time teachers, the union demands the following conditions:

  • An improved mechanism to assess instructor workload
  • Increase the maximum time they can spend on assessment to 6.8 minutes per student, per week. Right now that figure is five minutes per student.
  • Preparation time for online learning
  • Stop outsourcing counselors and other faculty work, especially in the midst of a student mental health crisis.
  • Hire full-time university librarians. There are 11 colleges without a full-time university librarian, and all offer degree programs.
  • Obtain faculty consent before selling or reusing faculty course material.
  • Jointly led committees and roundtables that can actually study, bring about and implement changes regarding workload, equity and indigenization, decolonization and truth and reconciliation.

The College Employers Council, which represents the province’s 24 public colleges in negotiating collective agreements, tweeted on Saturday that other demands from Ontario college faculty members could not be accepted, “even with a 100 percent strike vote ”.

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