Colleges Welcome Arbitrator’s Award

Preserves Colleges’ Approach to Academic Decision Making
Awards Salary Increase Consistent with Colleges’ Offer Before the Strike

Timmins, December 20, 2017: Ontario colleges are very pleased with the arbitrator’s award, which is consistent with the colleges’ bargaining positions. The award enshrines the academic freedom policies that exist at most colleges while providing the same percentage salary increase that the colleges tabled before the strike started.

“We have a workable award that is in the best interests of all parties and we want to thank the arbitrator for his efforts,” said Sonia Del Missier, Chair, Colleges’ Bargaining Team. “The arbitrator’s award preserves the ability of colleges to be responsive to local economic needs in a timely and flexible way.

Ms. Missier continued, “The strike has been a terrible experience for our students and everyone affected. We appreciate all of the efforts being made by faculty and staff to recover from these events and continue the education and training of our students. We will be focused on rebuilding our positive working relationship with faculty that is in the best interests of the colleges, our students, and our communities.”

“The arbitrator’s award evidenced a very clear understanding of the outstanding salient issues and I think he delivered a very fair award that serves the best interests of all parties and most importantly, the interests and well-being of our students – I am pleased with the award. The issue that proved most difficult to resolve through bargaining was academic freedom. This has now been effectively dealt with by the arbitrator and the outcome is consistent with the colleges’ bargaining position. The award now enshrines in the Collective Agreement the academic freedom policies that already existed at most colleges” said Fred Gibbons, President and CEO of Northern College.

Highlights from the Arbitrator’s Award

Academic Freedom
The arbitrator’s award continues the colleges’ approach to academic freedom that is grounded in collaboration and preservation of standards.

The arbitrator did not accept the union’s attempt to remove academic decision making from a college’s academic leadership.

The consistency of academic content in the classroom has been maintained for our students.

Continued collaborative academic planning will ensure program consistency for students through continued academic oversight by the colleges to adhere to provincial and professional standards.

Compensation
The salary award of 7.75% over four years matches the salary position offered by the colleges before the strike started.

Return to Work
The arbitrator has also removed all faculty grievances, complaints and claims related to the return to work and prevented further claims from being filed in exchange for a one-time payment of $900 to full-time faculty and $450 to partial-load faculty.

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For more information:

Jaret Dicks
Manager of Marketing, Communications, Recruitment and Alumni
Northern College
705-235-3211 xt. 2253
dicksj@northern.on.ca