Bargaining Timeline between CEC and CAAT-A 2021-2022

Bargaining to Date:

A summary of bargaining between the CEC and the CAAT-A bargaining team.

*The CEC represents the 24 Colleges as their bargaining agent.

**The CAAT-A bargaining team represents full-time and partial-load instructors, professors, librarians, and counsellors.

Date Activity
February 2021

Early Extension Offer

  • The College Employer Council (CEC) offers a two-year extension to the Collective Agreement set to expire on September 30, 2021.
March 2021

Extension Offer Rejection

  • The CAAT-A Bargaining team immediately rejects the extension offer in favour of formal bargaining.
July 2021

Bargaining Begins

  • Both parties meet to discuss ground rules and present opening statements.
August 2021

CAAT-A Proposals

  • CAAT-A presents 350 demands spread across 9 themes affecting 51% of articles in the current collective agreement.
  • CEC responds to CAAT-A demands by asking clarifying questions, providing counter-proposals on Workload and Counsellor class definition.
September 2021

CEC Proposals and Mediation Begins

  • CEC responds to remaining CAAT-A demands, presents counter-proposals, and full non-monetary proposal.
  • CEC presents without prejudice settlement offer, significantly reducing its full non-monetary proposal.
  • CAAT-A dismisses CEC settlement offer and asks for mediation.
  • CEC accepts mediation and CAAT-A's recommended mediator.
  • Mediation begins under a communications blackout.
October 2021


  • The parties meet with the mediator.
  • CAAT-A instructed to table new incremental demands.
  • CAAT-A revised demands still impact 40% of the collective agreement.
  • Mediator re-instructs CAAT-A to revise and reduce demands.
  • Mediator considers CAAT-A demands still unreasonable and unachievable.
November 2021

Mediation Terminated and Unfair Labour Practice Filed

  • Mediator terminates mediation.
  • Mediator releases report summarizing what occurred during mediation.
  • Report outlines CAAT-A's failure to bargain in good faith (bargain to conclude a collective agreement) by maintaining unlawful and unrealistic demands.
  • CEC engaged Ontario Labour Board about CAAT-A's unfair labour practices.
  • CEC requests conciliation.
  • Both parties meet with ministry appointed conciliator.
  • CAAT-A presents a minimally revised settlement offer and proposed referring outstanding items to voluntary binding interest arbitration. (A form of arbitration where a 3rd party can pick and choose items between proposals or impose new items).
  • CEC asks the conciliator for a No-Board report to indicate bargaining is at an impasse.
  • CEC provided CAAT-A with a revised offer of settlement.
  • CAAT-A requests a strike vote.
  • CEC proposes voluntary binding final offer selection arbitration. (A form of arbitration which includes an opportunity for mediation, failing which a 3rd party selects one proposal in its entirety to become the new collective agreement)
December 2021

Strike Vote

  • CEC announces it will be introducing terms and conditions to improve working conditions on December 13.
  • A strike vote is held virtually between December 9-11, 2021.
  • CAAT-A receive a strike mandate with 59.4% of those who voted, voting in favour of a strike.
  • CAAT-A provide 5 days notice for strike action to begin on December 12.
  • CEC introduces terms and conditions to improve working conditions on December 13.
  • CAAT-A begins phase 1 of work-to-rule on December 18.
January 2022

Work-to-Rule and Colleges Offer of Settlement

  • CAAT-A begins phase 2 of work-to-rule on January 3
  • CAAT-A files unfair labour practice against CEC regarding use of e-mail signatures
  • CEC asks the Ontario Labour Board conduct a vote with OPSEU academic employee membership on the CEC's most recent offer