College Faculty Bargaining Negotiations

FAQ for Parents and Students

Will there be a strike?
The union will decide to take faculty out on strike or not. Our main concern is the education of our students. We understand that news articles and commentary that refer to the possibility of a strike by college faculty might concern students. There is no reason for a strike. The colleges remain committed to achieving a negotiated settlement, which is fair to our faculty while being affordable and responsible for the colleges. But we need practical proposals from the union to be successful.

Why can’t you accept OPSEU’s positions?
The union’s proposals would increase costs by $400 million annually, change the governance of colleges, and restrict the colleges from overseeing academic delivery. The union tabled a salary demand of more than 10% over three years. The colleges remain committed to achieving a negotiated settlement, which is fair to our faculty while being affordable and responsible for the colleges. But we need practical proposals from the union to be successful.

Will you modify your position if OPSEU threatens a strike?
There is no reason for a strike. The colleges have made an offer of settlement that provides a 7.5% salary increase with a new maximum of $115,094, a lump sum payment, and benefit enhancements. The colleges’ offer is in line with other recent settlements by public servants, teachers, and college support staff.

What happens if you can’t reach a settlement?
The colleges remain committed to achieving a negotiated settlement, which is fair to our faculty while being affordable and responsible for the colleges. But we need practical proposals from the union to be successful. It will be up to OPSEU if they choose to take their members out on strike.

When will a strike happen?
It will be up to OPSEU if they choose to take their members out on strike. The union must provide colleges with five days’ notice before they can legally strike. The colleges remain committed to achieving a negotiated settlement, which is fair to our faculty while being affordable and responsible for the colleges. But we need practical proposals from the union to be successful.

What happens to my year if there is a strike?
Regardless of how events unfold, we will ensure that each student will have the opportunity to complete the year. No Ontario college student has ever lost a year because of a strike.

Should I wait to start my program until I know if there will be a strike?
No. We ask students to continue with their studies. Our main concern is the education of our students. We understand that news articles and commentary about a strike vote by college faculty can cause concern. Regardless of how events unfold, please remember that no Ontario college student has ever lost a year because of a strike.

What is in the colleges’ offer?
The colleges have made an offer of settlement that provides a 7.5% salary increase with a new maximum of $115,094, a lump sum payment, and benefit enhancements. We have not asked for any concessions from faculty. The colleges’ offer is in line with other recent settlements by public servants, teachers, and college support staff.

Why aren’t you bargaining?
The colleges remain committed to achieving a negotiated settlement, which is fair to our faculty while being affordable and responsible for the colleges. But we need practical proposals from the union to be successful. The colleges and union are scheduled to go back to the bargaining table for the last two weeks of September.

Why have you not given the faculty members a chance to vote on the offer?
The union is responsible for the collective bargaining process for their members. Unfortunately, the union has not taken our offer to its members and instead has chosen to proceed with a strike vote. The union can put the offer of settlement forward to its members for acceptance at any time.