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Even Before Legislation Has Been Passed, Ford Bill 124 Disrupts Contract Faculty Negotiations

June 14th, 2019

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Though it was tabled only moments before Ontario’s Legislative Assembly adjourned for a lengthy five-month break – and though it will likely not be passed until well into November, 2019 – Bill 124 is already having an impact on our negotiating of a new Agreement for our Contract Faculty bargaining unit.

The Protecting a Sustainable Public Sector for Future Generations Act, 2019 was submitted late in the day on June 5, just a day after bargaining teams for WLUFA and the University Administration exchanged proposals and only days before the teams were scheduled to begin negotiations. Because the tabled legislation includes a strict 1% cap on overall compensation, as well as language that makes the legislation, once passed, retroactive to June 5, the WLUFA negotiating team has found itself in the frustrating position of needing to revise the proposals it has been working on for the past six months.

Original – and optimistic – plans to have a “focused bargaining” approach work as well for CF negotiations as it did for the last Full-time round of bargaining may be in jeopardy, thanks to the Bill. The focused approach to bargaining means that very few major issues are brought to the negotiating table in the hope that discussions remain pointed and productive. This means that the major concerns of the CF bargaining unit — job security, improved compensation, and access to improved benefits — occupied the lion’s share of WLUFA’s bargaining proposal.

With anything that has a monetary value now off the table, job security remains as the only major issue that Bill 124 allows us to negotiate in this round of bargaining. Historically, however, Laurier’s Administration has been averse to negotiating improvements in Contract Faculty job security and have usually found more money to throw on the table at last minute in order to avoid the inclusion of language that would improve the employment conditions of the most precarious workers on our campuses.

Bill 124, of course, makes that strategy a non-option for the Administration. And while we’re certain that the 1% cap on overall compensation has made the Administration’s number-crunchers quite happy, we also know that it’s left their own negotiating team with fewer options at the table.

The Parties have agreed to maintain the proposed bargaining schedule and will meet at the table beginning on Monday, June 17. In the meantime, the WLUFA team has been hard at work attempting to modify its bargaining proposals in light of Bill 124.

This round of negotiations is coming down almost completely to the issue of job security alone. WLUFA is ready to fight for it. We’ll soon see if the Administration is ready to reach a fair deal.

 

For more information on Bill 124, see a legal summary and opinion here: Goldblatt Partners Summary

Toronto Star National Affairs columnist, Thomas Walkom, offers a thoughtful piece on Bill 124’s place in the public’s perception of its provincial government here : Doug Ford is testing Ontario’s tolerance for chaos

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Ottawa Sun: Contract faculty at colleges and universities will be hit hard by government’s proposed wage caps, say unions, say

June 10th, 2019

by Jacquie Miller

At Ontario’s universities, the army of contract teaching staff will be hurt the most by the province’s plan to restrict wage increases for the public sector, says a spokesperson for faculty unions.

The legislation introduced by the Ontario government would prevent unions from bargaining to improve wages for staff at the bottom of pay scales, said Gyllian Phillips, president of the Ontario Confederation of University Faculty Associations.

“This legislation is going to affect those who make $30,000 as much as those who make $100,000,” she said.

More than half the courses at Ontario universities are taught by contract faculty, who earn much less than full-time professors, said Phillips. “It’s those folks who are really going to suffer the most with this kind of legislation. Without that ability to bargain fairly to bring those folks up to a fair wage, the massive inequities in the system will just increase.”

Improving the working conditions and pay for contract staff have been key issues for unions representing both university and college faculty. It was the major issue in a five-week strike by college professors across Ontario in the fall of 2017.

The wage-restraint bill may be a spark that feeds labour unrest across the post-secondary education sector.

Phillips says she’s not optimistic about how contract negotiations will go at Ontario’s universities.

“I think (the legislation) is going to make things very, very difficult,” she said. “I don’t have a crystal ball, so I can’t say for sure, but anything that gets in the way of the conversation at the table, where you can work out a fair exchange of what managers and workers need, anything that puts a block on that and pulls the two sides apart, is going to make it much more difficult to get there.”

The legislation would also hamper the power of arbitrators to act as an “escape valve” for difficult negotiations, she said. The legislation would prevent arbitrators from making awards that exceed the proposed cap on wage increases, she said.

A spokesperson for the union representing faculty at Ontario colleges puts it bluntly: “We are going to be in for a big fight,” said RM Kennedy, chair for the Ontario colleges faculty division of the Ontario Public Service Employees Union.

Precarious employment of part-time professors was the “No. 1 issue” behind the 2017 college strike, strike, he said.

About 75 per cent of college faculty are contract workers, said Kennedy. The council representing colleges, during the last round of bargaining, used a different calculation, noting that 49 per cent of teaching hours were by full-time professors.

However, negotiations with college faculty are in the distant future. The provincial contract between colleges and faculty doesn’t expire until Sept. 31, 2020.

(Under the legislation, public-sector wage increases would be capped at one per cent annually for three years, but only after current collective agreements expire.)

It’s a more immediate issue at some universities, where contracts are negotiated at each institution.

At Carleton University, for instance, the contract with full-time faculty doesn’t expire until April 30, 2021, but agreements covering part-time faculty and teaching assistants expire at the end of August 2019.

Negotiations will “be a difficult battle for us,” said Yaroslava Montenegro, spokesperson for the union local that represents contract professor and teaching assistants at Carleton. The legislation “is going to put a strain on our ability to have a collective bargaining process,” she said.

Most university faculty agreements are for three years, said Phillips. She estimated that seven or eight of the agreements will expire over the next year.

The proposed legislation would apply to more than a million public-sector workers, including staff at school boards, colleges and universities, hospitals and children’s aid societies, among others.

The government has said the legislation does not interfere with collective bargaining or tamper with existing contracts.

“By taking steps to ensure increases in public sector compensation reflect the fiscal reality of the province, the government is working to protect jobs, workers and vital services, now and as the government tackles Ontario’s debt,” said a statement from Peter Bethlenfalvy, president of the Treasury Board.

Unions have pledged to protest the legislation and are threatening legal challenges if it is passed.

Universities and colleges will benefit financially by having wages constrained at a time when the provincial government has reduced their funding and cut tuition by 10 per cent, which also reduces their revenue.

Phillips and Kennedy say they don’t understand how restricting wages for post-secondary workers will save the provincial government money.

The government has already announced the funding it intends to give post-secondary institutions for the next three years.

“We are not directly paid by the government,” said Kennedy. “I’m not a government employee. The government gives a grant to the colleges. So if they put wage caps on, how is that saving the government money, unless they are intending to reduce the operating grant?”

Resist Ford Interference in Public Sector Bargaining. Rallies Today!

June 7th, 2019

Two days ago, the Ford government trampled on your rights as professors working at a self-governing university.  Two days ago, the government abused its power and violated your right to collective bargaining.  On 5 June the Ford government mandated that salaries for all those employed in the “broader public sector” will rise at a lower rate than inflation.  Although it will take its own time passing the legislation, the government has made its attack on collective bargaining retroactive to 5 June.

Today, you have your first opportunity to make clear your response to the government’s action.

Join with us at the Waterloo Town Square (75 King St. N.) at 4pm for the Power of Many March. Brantford faculty!  The Brantford District Labour Council is co-hosting a rally in Hamilton. Or join in an event that’s close to home for you (see below).  Let’s show the government how we feel about its attack on our rights.  Let’s march in protest.

Look for members of the WLUFA Executive in Waterloo and Hamilton; we’ll be there with flags affirming our support for our Association and our opposition to the Ford government’s attack on your rights.

  • Guelph, June 7, Rally and march at Puslinch Community Centre, 23 Brock Rd. S. 2:30 pm – 4:30 pm Facebook event
  • Hamilton, June 7, Resistance Fair & Rise Up Rally, 3:30 pm – 5:30 pm, Hamilton City Hall, 71 Main St W Facebook event
  • London, June 7, Jeff Yurek’s Office, Suite 201, 750 Talbot St, St. Thomas, 4:00 pm – 6:00 pm, Facebook event
  • Peel/Mississauga, June 7, Celebration Square, 300 City Centre Dr, Mississauga, 4:00 pm Facebook event
  • Stratford, June 7, 4:30 pm – 5:30 pm, Rally at MPP Randy Pettapiece’s office, 55 Lorne Ave East, Unit 2, Stratford, Facebook event.
  • Toronto (see all below):
  • 9:00am – 11:00am, Canvass Blitz starting at MPP Raymond Cho’s Office 4559 Sheppard Avenue East, Scarborough, Facebook event.
  • 12:00pm – 2:00pm, Lunch and Learn, Albert Campbell Square, 50 Borough Drive, Toronto, Facebook event.
  • 4:00pm – 5:00pm Education Rally at MPP Caroline Mulroney’s office – 45 Grist Mill Road, Holland Landing, Facebook event
  • 4:00pm –6:00pm, Human Chain outside MPP Vijay Thanigasalam’s office, 8130 Sheppard Ave. East, Toronto, Facebook event

This Friday – KW March Against Ford Cuts!

June 4th, 2019

Join the Power of Many campaign Peel Region Rapid Response Network Meeting this coming Thursday, May 30

May 27th, 2019

Wilfrid Laurier University,

Join the Power of Many campaign Peel Region Rapid Response Network Meeting this coming Thursday, May 30th.

The Ford government is low in the polls. A full 75% of Ontarians do not support Ford’s attacks on our families and communities. Our movement is growing!

Come out on Thursday, May 30 at 5:30pm to keep building the resistance!

Peel Rapid Response Network Meeting
Location: CUPE Local 831 Hall, 19 John Street, Brampton
Time: 5:30pm to 7:00pm
Date: Thursday, May 30th, 2019

We’ll be:

  • Doing a Marshal Training and a banner making session and a run down on the action
  • Locking down our plans and agenda for June 7th rally and march to resist ford cuts
  • Reporting how turnout is going and what groups we can outreach to that we haven’t already
  • You’ll get materials to outreach to groups

RSVP here.

Share this event on Facebook here.

Let your co-workers, friends and allies know about the June 7th Day of Action by downloading our flyer here. Share the event by clicking here!

Please encourage your members to attend and we hope to hear from the great work you’ve been doing to bring out your members to the June 7th day of action!

Ontario Federation of Labour
http://www.oflevents.ca/

Join the Power of Many campaign Rapid Response Network Meeting THIS Monday

May 24th, 2019

Wilfrid Laurier University,

Join the Power of Many campaign Rapid Response Network Meeting THIS Monday in Waterloo.

The Ford government is low in the polls. A full 75% of Ontarians do not support Ford’s attacks on our families and communities. Our movement is growing!

Come out on Monday, May 27 at 6pm to keep building the resistance!

We’ll be:

  • Locking down our plans for June 7th day of action to resist ford cuts
  • Reporting how turnout is going and what groups we can outreach to that we haven’t already
  • You’ll get materials to outreach to groups
  • Lay out an agenda for June 7th
  • Schedule a phone bank
  • Overviewing different training opportunities for this summer on canvassing, phone banking, actions in local PC MPP ridings

RSVP here.

Let your co-workers, friends and allies know about the June 7th Day of Action by downloading our flyer here. Share the event by clicking here!

We look forward to seeing you and building the resistance!

* Light snacks provided, children welcome

 

Ontario Federation of Labour
http://www.oflevents.ca/

Car Accident Toolkit

May 23rd, 2019

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This toolkit can be kept in your vehicle alongside your insurance and ownership documents.

In the event of an accident, this toolkit will provide you with all of the information required from the third party, as well as step by step instructions to protect yourself and your collision claim.

 

Urgent Appeal: CAUT Refugee Foundation

May 23rd, 2019

Memorandum 19:18

 

Date:  May 21, 2019

 

To:  Presidents, Local, Federated and Provincial Associations

 

From:  David Robinson, Executive Director

 

Re:  Urgent Appeal: CAUT Refugee Foundation

 

 

 

 

 

At the last CAUT Council meeting, Dr. Carlos Zambrano Escamilla, president of the Sindicato de Profesores de la Fundación Universidad Autónoma de Colombia, addressed delegates about the deteriorating human rights conditions in his country. According to the International Trade Union Confederation, paramilitary groups have assassinated over 500 trade union and human rights defenders in the past year alone.

 

Dr. Escamilla has received death threats from these same paramilitary groups because of his trade union activities. Consequently, he has applied for refugee status in Canada.

 

CAUT is appealing to academic staff associations and their members to donate to the CAUT Refugee Foundation to support Dr. Escamilla’s resettlement efforts. The Foundation, established in the 1970s, is a registered charity with the Canada Revenue Agency, allowing it to issue tax receipts. All donations received will be used to assist Dr. Escamilla with his basic living expenses as he awaits his refugee hearing.

 

Cheques can be made to the order of the CAUT Refugee Foundation and sent to:

 

CAUT Refugee Foundation
2705 Queensview Drive
Ottawa, Ontario
K2B 8K2

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Note 19:18

 

Date :  Le 21 mai 2019

 

Destinataires :  Président(e)s des associations locales, fédérées et provinciales

 

Expéditeur :  David Robinson, Directeur général

 

Objet :   Appel urgent : Fondation pour les réfugiés de l’ACPPU

 

 

 

 

 

À la dernière assemblée du Conseil de l’ACPPU, le Pr Carlos Zambrano Escamilla, président du Sindicato de Profesores de la Fundación Universidad Autónoma de Colombia, a prononcé une allocution sur la détérioration des droits de la personne dans son pays. D’après la Confédération syndicale internationale, des groupes paramilitaires ont assassiné plus de 500 syndicalistes et défenseurs des droits de la personne au cours de la dernière année seulement.

 

Visé par des menaces de mort de ces mêmes groupes en raison de ses activités syndicales, le Pr Escamilla a présenté au Canada une demande pour obtenir le statut de réfugié.

 

L’ACPPU appelle les associations de personnel académique et leurs membres à faire un don à la Fondation pour les réfugiés de l’ACPPU (dénommée officiellement « The CAUT Refugee Foundation ») afin de faciliter la réinstallation du Pr Escamilla. Créée en 1970, la Fondation est un organisme de bienfaisance enregistré auprès de l’Agence de revenu du Canada et est ainsi habilitée à remettre des reçus officiels à des fins fiscales. Tous les fonds recueillis serviront à aider le Pr Escamilla à subvenir à ses besoins de base pendant la période précédant l’audition de sa demande de statut de réfugié.

 

Veuillez faire les chèques à l’ordre de « CAUT Refugee Foundation » et les envoyer à l’adresse suivante :

 

CAUT Refugee Foundation
2705, promenade Queensview
Ottawa (Ontario)
K2B 8K2

 

 

Canadian Association of University Teachers
Association canadienne des professeures et professeurs d’université
2705, promenade Queensview Drive, Ottawa (Ontario) K2B 8K2
Tel \ Tél. (613) 820-2270 | Fax \ Téléc. (613) 820-7244
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Mil Rate Survey 2019 / Enquête 2019 de l’ACPPU sur les taux pour mille

May 23rd, 2019

Memorandum 19 :17

 

Date:  May 21, 2019

 

To:   Presidents and Administrative Officers; Local, Provincial and Federated Associations

 

From:  David Robinson, Executive Director

 

Re:  Mil Rate Survey 2019

 

 

 

 

 

Each year CAUT prepares a survey of mil rates charged by member associations to their members.  Most academic staff associations assess dues of their members on the basis of a mil rate applied against academic staff salaries.

 

CAUT’s mil rate is calculated on the basis of the national average (mean) academic staff salary for each rank. Provincial and local dues may be calculated on a different basis, such as provincial salary averages or university salary averages, or sometimes as a fixed monthly or annual amount.

 

This chart contains the most current mil rate data received by CAUT. If any data is incorrect, please advise CAUT’s financial officer, Deborah Belsher (belsher@caut.ca).

 

____________________

 

Note 19 :17

 

Date :  Le 21 mai 2019

 

Destinataires :  Présidents et agents administratifs; Associations locales, provinciales et fédérées

 

Expéditrice :  David Robinson, Executive Director

 

Objet :  Enquête 2019 de l’ACPPU sur les taux pour mille

 

 

 

 

 

L’ACPPU publie tous les ans une enquête sur les taux pour mille facturés par les associations membres à leurs membres. La plupart des associations et syndicats de professeurs déterminent les cotisations de leurs membres selon un taux au mille s’appliquant aux salaires des universitaires.

 

Le taux au mille de l’ACPPU est calculé en fonction de la moyenne nationale des salaires des universitaires pour chaque rang. Les cotisations des associations locales et provinciales peuvent être calculées différemment, notamment selon la moyenne provinciale ou la moyenne de l’Université, ou parfois, selon un montant fixe mensuel ou annuel.

 

Ce tableau donne les taux au mille les plus récents que l’ACPPU a reçus. Si des données sont erronées, prière d’en informer l’agente des finances de l’ACPPU, Deborah Belsher (belsher@caut.ca).

 

Canadian Association of University Teachers
Association canadienne des professeures et professeurs d’université
2705, promenade Queensview Drive, Ottawa (Ontario) K2B 8K2
Tel \ Tél. (613) 820-2270 | Fax \ Téléc. (613) 820-7244
CAUT.ca \ //Facebook.com/caut.acppu \ @caut_acppu

 

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YUFA Article on Proposed Pension Legislation

May 23rd, 2019

YUFA provides a comprehensive look at the proposed legislation.

Read it HERE.