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Support Staff Bargaining 2008 Information

Support Staff Bargaining 2008 Information


College Support Staff ratify tentative agreement

October 2, 2008 – Support staff at Ontario’s 24 Community Colleges ratified the tentative deal in a vote held today on campuses all across the province.

College Support Staff scheduled to vote on tentative deal October 2 

September 29, 2008 – Support staff working in Ontario"s 24 community colleges are set to vote on a tentative deal reached on Aug. 31. 

If the deal is rejected either side must give five days notice of a strike or lockout.

The vote, scheduled by the Ministry of Labour, will take place on Thursday at all community colleges across the province.  

College Support Workers Memorandum of Settlement

September 11, 2008 – Support workers are scheduled to vote on a tentative deal on Oct. 2. Complete details of deal are outlined in the memorandum of settlement.

If ratified the three-year deal, will provide support staff at the 24 colleges with a wage increase of nearly four per cent in the first year, and three per cent in each of the next two.

The agreement also includes groundbreaking language on bullying and harassment. This language is vital in dealing with behaviour that could be regarded as intimidating, offensive, degrading or humiliating. This language will help prevent behaviour that affects the dignity, psychological integrity, physical integrity of members and harmful work environments. 

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College Support Ratification vote Oct. 2

September 5, 2008 – College support members will vote on ratification of the new tentative agreement on Oct. 2. Vote locations and times will be similar to those for the strike vote held in July. More details including the memorandum of settlement and other documentation will be available soon. 

Last minute deal averts a strike

September 4, 2008 – Bulletin: Thanks to the support of the members, the College Support bargaining team arrived at a last-minute tentative agreement. Details include improved wages and benefits, and groundbreaking language on bullying.

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College Support Staff reach tentative agreement


August 31, 2008 – TORONTO – Ontario Public Service Employees Union (OPSEU) representing college support staff and the College Compensation and Appointment Council representing the 24 colleges in Ontario, announced today that a tentative agreement has been reached averting a possible province-wide strike.

A ratification vote conducted by the Ministry of Labour will be held in the near future, when terms of the agreement will be released.

Information pickets go up at colleges across Ontario


August 28, 2008 – Support staff set up information pickets today at colleges across Ontario as negotiations continue for 7,000 workers, who could strike Monday if a deal is not reached.

Support staff at Ontario"s 24 colleges are busy preparing for a potential strike


August 21, 2008 – College support staff are gearing up for a potential strike Sep 1. The bargaining team return to the table August 27. A media blackout is in effect.

College Support Staff bargaining continues Aug. 12

August 11, 2008 – The bargaining team representing college support staff head back to the bargaining table for the first time since attaining a strong strike vote.


OPSEU’s college support staff bargaining team, armed with a solid mandate from the members, prepares for its Aug. 12 bargaining date with the employer.

Ontario community college support staff reject contract offer, authorize a strike

July 16, 2008 – More than 6,500 support staff at 24 Ontario community colleges authorized a possible strike, turning down the college’s contract offer in a province-wide vote July 10 and 16.  


Support staff members at Sault College in Local 612 wear yellow on voting day.

Record numbers of college support workers turned out to vote in the advance poll on July 10

July 10th was the first of two votes being held for members to vote on the employer"s last offer and give the bargaining team a strike mandate. Voting will continue on July 16th at all Ontario Community Colleges. Vote results will be counted after the polls close on the 16th.

Members at Sault College

College Support staff stand strong behind bargaining team


June 11, 2008 – Frustrated by the lack of respect at the bargaining table, thousands of college support staff across Ontario came to work today demonstrating their strong support for the bargaining team.


Ontario’s colleges have the Monday Blues

May 12, 2008 – Thousands of support staff in every college across Ontario came to work in their Monday blues to show their support for their bargaining team. Their message: Everyone needs support.

College Support Pre-bargaining meeting held Sept. 30

October 1, 2007 – The College Support Division held its pre-bargaining and final demand-setting meeting in Toronto Sept. 30. Patty Rout welcomed the members on behalf of President Thomas.