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CAAT (A) Collective Bargaining – Negotiations News Issue 1, 2010

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On January 13, College faculty voted to support a strike mandate.  Eighteen of the 24 colleges and 57% of the voters supported the negotiating team.  While this is less overall than the last strike mandate, under the circumstances it is a clear vote of support.

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The Colleges had stated in the media that they would return to the bargaining table if the faculty voted in favor of a strike mandate.  The strike vote has brought management back to the bargaining table starting January 19.

The bargaining team strongly prefers a negotiated settlement, not a strike.  If management shares that objective, they will resume negotiations with an honest willingness to reach a deal that implements fully the Task Force recommendations and is fair to both parties. If they do not, then this can only mean that management prefers a disruption to the students’ studies rather than a negotiated settlement.

What will it take to reach a settlement?

  • Implement all the recommendations of the Workload Task Force.  Trust in college faculty’s abilities and commitment.
  • Treat and compensate faculty members as professionals.
  • When it comes to evaluation, recognize that proceeding in a collegial manner as recommended by the Task Force better serves the students.
  • Provide faculty who have student numbers above the norm with additional time to assist their students.
  • The Task Force found that a workload formula works.  Honour that finding by providing a formula to Librarians, Counsellors and Partial-load faculty.
  • End the undemocratic, disrespectful, and unprofessional imposition of terms and conditions of employment.

The union is hopeful that the employer will work towards a reasonable and responsible settlement.  However, faculty must prepare for a strike in the eventuality that an agreement can’t be reached.

We thank faculty for their continued support, and we assure you that we will continue to work towards a negotiated settlement.

College

# eligible

# valid ballots

STRIKE

No Strike

% in favour

% turnout

Algonquin

767

554

275

279

49.6

73%

Boréal

124

108

94

14

87.0

87%

Cambrian

276

231

140

91

60.6

84%

Canadore

185

159

122

37

76.7

86%

Centennial

559

402

282

120

70.1

72%

Conestoga

520

391

179

212

45.8

75%

Confederation

167

152

103

49

67.8

91%

Durham

285

258

144

114

55.8

91%

Fanshawe

629

473

194

279

41.0

76%

Fleming

391

241

140

101

58.1

62%

George Brown

687

496

293

203

59.1

72%

Georgian

542

338

160

178

47.3

62%

Humber

942

574

248

326

43.2

61%

La Cité

259

189

145

44

76.7

73%

Lambton

164

143

113

30

79.0

87%

Loyalist

174

144

104

40

72.2

83%

Mohawk

632

461

253

208

54.9

74%

Niagara

369

277

173

104

62.5

75%

Northern

116

100

63

37

63.0

88%

Sault

151

121

98

23

81.0

80%

Seneca

1082

722

396

326

54.8

67%

Sheridan

654

407

274

133

67.3

63%

St Clair

314

243

138

105

56.8

78%

St Lawrence

190

173

65

108

37.6

91%

TOTALS 

10179

7357

4196

3161

57%

75%

 

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