OCUFA Report March 1, 2011.
Military College Faculty sign four year contract.
Military college faculty sign four-year contract; 2011 to feature heavy faculty bargaining
Negotiators for the Canadian Military College Faculty Association signed a new, four-year collective agreement with the federal Treasury Board that increases salaries and restores the value of a special “terminable” allowance, unique to the military colleges, that was affected by the 2009 federal wage freeze legislation.
Base rate salaries will increase 1.5 per cent in the first year, retroactive to July 2010; 1.75 per cent in the second year; 1.5 per cent in the third year; and 2.0 per cent in the fourth. The agreement covers 180 faculty members who teach at Canada’s military colleges.
OCUFA’s Collective Bargaining Committee (CBC) at its regular quarterly meeting in Toronto discussed the status of faculty long-term disability plans. Committee members discussed the growing concern that current LTD plans are too costly and that plan designs don’t fit faculty needs optimally.
Reg Pearson, director of the Ontario Ministry of Labour’s Disputes Resolution Branch, briefed committee members on the range of services the ministry offers to bargaining parties, including conciliation, which several faculty associations have used to expedite bargaining. With conciliation being mandatory in Ontario before a strike or lock out is deemed legal, Pearson said, the province’s more than two dozen conciliators are able to monitor trends and patterns emerging in collective bargaining very closely.
As for faculty bargaining, 2011 will be a heavy year, with 14 Ontario faculty associations in negotiations.
University Expiry Date
Brescia June 30
Brock June 30
Guelph April 30
Lakehead June 30
Laurentian June 30
McMaster June 30
Northern Ontario School of Medicine June 30
Ottawa April 30
Queen’s April 30
Ryerson June 30
Toronto June 30
Western (librarians and archivists) June 30
Laurier June 30
Windsor June 30