Management Update November 25, 2021
Ontario Public Colleges Agree with Voluntary Binding Arbitration
Management Bargaining Update November 25, 2021
Ontario Colleges are committed to avoiding a labour disruption. The CEC has made every effort to bargain with the CAAT-A team including tabling multiple settlement offers, the most recent of which was sent on November 23rd. Any assertions that the CEC has left the bargaining table are false. The CEC has yet to receive any response to the November 23 proposal that addressed CAAT-A concerns of concessions.
“Our current proposal contains absolutely zero concessions for academic employees and offers immediate wage and benefit increases.” said Graham Lloyd, CEO of CEC. “Earlier this month, the parties met with a Ministry of Labour appointed conciliator. During that meeting, the CAAT-A team presented its revised proposal asking the CEC team to accept it or take the outstanding items to voluntary binding arbitration with William Kaplan.”
“The Colleges are committed to preventing labour disruption and providing stability to students, employees, and the greater College community,” said Dr. Laurie Rancourt, Chair of the CEC Management Bargaining team. “Given the lack of response to our latest offer from the CAAT-A team--and given the assertion that CAAT-A has already moved as far as it can on its key demands—in the circumstances, we have proposed Voluntary Binding Final Offer Selection Interest Arbitration with William Kaplan. This proposal enables the arbitrator to determine whether an agreement can be reached and if not, to make a final binding decision. We believe this is the best path forward. ”
Final offer selection would allow both parties to fully present the merits of their respective proposals (CAAT-A November 18 proposal and CEC November 23 proposal) to the arbitrator. The arbitrator would explore whether an agreed settlement is possible and if not, the arbitrator would then select one of the two proposals in its entirety.
We all want what is best for students and no one wants students and employees to be negatively impacted. Our November 23rd settlement offer is fair and provides constructive mechanisms to address concerns in the system. The entire college sector believes strongly that our students deserve to start the Winter semester knowing that their semester will not be disrupted.
We await response from the CAAT-A team with respect to this arbitration offer. The CEC would respect whatever decision the arbitrator makes and would look forward to concluding this collective agreement before the winter holidays.
Copies of both parties’ proposals are available on www.CollegeEmployerCouncil.ca .