Ontario College Faculty reach mediated settlement with College Employer Council
The Ontario College Faculty and the College Employer Council have reached a mediated settlement on compensation from 2021 to 2024 following the overturning of Bill 124.
The settlement provided salary increases of 3%, 3%, and 3.5% annually, including the 1% increases that had originally been awarded under the Bill. It also provided a significant increase to paramedical benefits, according to a press release from the Ontario Public Service Employees Union (OPSEU/SEFPO)>
This settlement covers 16,000 unionized full-time and partial-load faculty represented by OPSEU/SEFPO who are employed at Ontario’s 24 public colleges.
“This settlement is a necessary step forward for our 16,000 members following the unconstitutional constraints imposed by Bill 124, but it does not sufficiently address the erosion of our members’ wages as a result of inflation,” said Ravi Ramkissoonsingh, bargaining team Chair and professor at Niagara College. “We look forward to going back to the bargaining table again next year, when our members can engage in free and fair bargaining without legislative constraints.”
The Colleges have reported cumulative surpluses of over $2 billion since 2017, including a surplus of over $650 million this year, according to the union.
It said that college faculty will begin their next round of bargaining in less than one year.
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