OCUFA has submitted recommendations on how Bill 148, Fair Workplaces, Better Jobs Act can be improved. The recommendations focus on delivering fairness for contract faculty, and follow two weeks of public committee hearings at which more than ten faculty associations presented their priorities for improving the bill.
OCUFA’s response to Bill 148 focuses on five key areas:
- Closing gaps in the equal pay for equal work provision
- Promoting more secure and stable jobs
- Providing reasonable notice of work
- Improving options for bargaining unit consolidation
- Ensuring the right to join a union
The full submission is attached and available online here.
The committee hearings will wrap up in Toronto tomorrow (Friday, July 21), and any changes to the bill are expected to be finalized in August. The government has signaled that the legislation could be passed as soon as late September, but continued political pressure will be important to ensure positive measures are adopted without delay.
In the coming months, OCUFA will continue to work with the Fight for $15 & Fairness and the Ontario Federation of Labour to support ongoing efforts to improve employment and labour law to bring more fairness for workers across the province.
If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to be in touch.
Policy Analyst, Community and Government Relations
Ontario Confederation of University Faculty Associations (OCUFA)
Office: 416 979 2117 x230
Cell: 647 226 7184