FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE September 2, 2001
Tentative agreement for
TORONTO – About 6,500
faculty members at all 25 of Ontario’s community colleges will receive
increases of up to seven per cent under a tentative agreement signed
yesterday between the Ontario Public Service Employees Union and the
Council of Regents.
The two-year settlement will
increase salaries by three per cent Sept. 1, another two per cent Sept. 1,
2002 and 1 per cent April 1, 2003. Also on Sept. 1, 2002, any faculty who
have been at the top step on the scale for a full year will get a further
$700 "recognition allowance" added to their pay. This affects
about a third of the group.
"For the first time ever,
we have negotiated an ‘on-time’ contract for professors, counsellors
and librarians, and we have done so without any concessions in our
workload formula," said Ted Montgomery, chair of the union’s
"In the past college
faculty bargaining has often dragged over several years. This year we have
a tentative agreement within 24 hours of the expiry of the old contract.
We have conceded none of our existing rights, and we have made substantial
gains in many areas," Montgomery said.
Job security gains include
language to cover the situation if colleges merge, and a broader
application of "experience" in layoff situations.
therapists and optometrists have been added to extended health coverage,
and faculty can now claim up to $1,500 for any combination of the covered
There are gains in dental
coverage. Hearing aids go to $3,000 every three years from $300 every five
years in recognition of technological improvements in the field. Vision
care is increased to $300 every two years from $200, and can be used for
refractive surgery as well as eyeglasses.
The tentative settlement
introduces an optional expedited grievance process to deal with workplace
complaints more quickly at lower cost. A joint task force will look at
better ways to accommodate staff returning from sick leave or injury.
A ratification vote is
tentatively set for Sept. 26 at all 25 colleges. The bargaining team is
unanimous in recommending the settlement.
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For further information:
Katie FitzRandolph – OPSEU
communications: 416-967-5964 (home) or 416-788-9057 (cell)
Ted Montgomery: 416-492-9717 (home) or