Tentative Deal for College Staff
Wednesday, August 29, 2012 3:16 PMby
OPSEU announces tentative agreement, no strike or lockout for College students.
There will be no disruption of classes by either a Faculty strike or a College lockout.
College Faculty have reached a tentative agreement with the Colleges Employer Council.
Pending ratification of the offer, they have accepted two years of zero wage increases in a bold move to improve job security for partial-load faculty and have a contract in place before the start of the school year.
OPSEU Faculty Bargaining Team Co-Chair Ted Montgomery tells Bayshore Broadcasting News wages were never an issue as far as they were concerned.
Montgomery says by reaching this deal -- the Faculty are putting the students interests first.
Montgomery says part time instructors also have some job security for the first time.
He says partial-load teachers who have been employed previously by a College will get first priority in hiring if their courses are re-offered.
Montgomery adds by accepting a zero wage hike -- the Faculty have taken into account the the current fiscal climate and the legislation affecting Ontario high school and elementary teachers.
No date has been set for ratification, but Montgomery expects the new contract should be in place before classes get underway next month.