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What is the College Employer Council?

It is the government mandated bargaining agent representing the 24 Ontario public Colleges as employers in centralized collective bargaining with unionized staff.

What is the College Employer Council responsible for?

The CEC provides guidance and advises on College labour relations and Human Resources management as well as is the policy holder for group benefits.

This includes:

Collective bargaining, group employee benefits, CAAT pension plan, executive compensation guidelines, grievances, hiring practices, terminations, and advisory committees’ guidance and support.

How is the College Employer Council different from Colleges Ontario?

The College Employer Council (CEC) and Colleges Ontario have distinctly different missions and mandates while working together on behalf of the 24 publicly-funded Ontario colleges.

The CEC primarily focuses on promoting and building positive employment and labour relations whereas Colleges Ontario focuses on policy measures and promoting the benefits of the 24 Colleges.

How does the bargaining process work?

Collective bargaining is a key part of labour negotiations. The process of negotiating an agreement that works for the Colleges, its people and unions can be complex and take time. You can learn more about the key elements and process of collective bargaining here.

When can a strike occur in Ontario Colleges?

  • The Union has been granted a strike mandate (a secret ballot strike vote occurs and the majority of ballots cast are in favour of striking. A strike vote can be held by the Union at any point after notice to bargain is given. That strike mandate, once given, can be used whenever the Union believes they are at an impasse in negotiations)
  • The Union considers negotiations to have reached impasse
  • The current collective agreement has expired
  • A conciliation “No Board” report has been issued by the Ministry of Labour
  • 16 days from the date of the No Board Report have passed