Bargaining Resumes Without Conditions

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Meeting Scheduled for Thursday March 17

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Greetings all:

 

Yesterday, the faculty bargaining team invited the CEC to join us back to the table today and tomorrow (see attached letter) with no preconditions, and they have agreed to meet on Thursday to attempt to reach a negotiated settlement prior to the strike deadline at 12.01am Friday, March 18.   As we indicated in our invitation (see below), if real progress is being made, then we are willing to extend the strike deadline.  

 

Further to our update yesterday, and following additional consultation with our legal team, we have also included the memo from the Treasury Board to the CEC regarding our workload proposals (see attached).  As we stated in our reply, it is clear that the CEC greatly misrepresents the Treasury Board’s views concerning the application of Bill 124 to our workload proposals. The Treasury Board never characterized our proposals as illegal. It is also clear that the information they provided to the Treasury Board does not accurately describe the application of the collective agreement provisions regulating workload and their effect on compensation.

We will keep you posted on further developments or changes.

 

In solidarity,


JP, Jonathan, Katie, Michelle, Ravi, Rebecca, Shawn
Your CAATA Bargaining Team

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Response to the CEC regarding the Treasury Board statement: 

 

15 March 2022

 

Laurie Rancourt, Chair, College Employer Council Bargaining Team

Graham Lloyd, Chief Executive Officer, College Employer Council 

 

Emails: laurie.rancourt@humber.ca

glloyd@collegeemployercouncil.ca

 

Dear Laurie and Graham:

We have Graham’s letter dated March 15, 2022 to Smokey Thomas and myself. It greatly misrepresents the Treasury Board’s views concerning the application of Bill 124 to our workload proposals. The Treasury Board never characterized our proposals as illegal. It is also clear that the information you provided to the Treasury Board does not accurately describe the application of the collective agreement provisions regulating workload and their effect on compensation.
 
Litigating our disagreement about Bill 124 through correspondence and in the media, however, brings us no closer to reaching a new collective agreement. It provides no benefit to the students, the colleges, or our members.

We will engage in further negotiations with the CEC provided that there are no preconditions to returning to the bargaining table. Assuming this is agreeable, we are available both Wednesday, March 16 and Thursday, March 17.  We look forward to seeing you then. If you continue to insist on preconditions, our members will fully withdraw their services on Friday, March 18 at 12:01am.

We note, however, that there is a possibility of extending the strike deadline if real progress is being made.


Sincerely,

JP Hornick

Chair, CAATA Bargaining Team

 

 

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