College Workers Ratify Four Year Deal

(WINDSOR, ON) – Support staff at St Clair College, as well as Ontario’s other 23 public colleges, have ratified a four-year extension to their collective agreement. This will extend the agreement to August 31, 2022.

In voting across the province yesterday, 75 per cent of Ontario Public Service Employees Union members backed a deal which gives them a 7.75 per cent wage increase over the four years plus improvements to drug coverage, leave provisions, and contracting-out language.

Janice Hagan, chair of the 10,000-strong College Support Division of OPSEU, sees the contracting-out language as a job saver saying, “… but, this new language is a step forward because it gives us an opportunity to save the work and save the jobs. That’s not only good for current staff, but for the next generation of workers as well.”

Hagan claims stopping the college management from outsourcing jobs has been her union’s number one bargaining demand for 20 years.

OPSEU President Warren (Smokey) Thomas sees the language as a major union win and part of what he calls the, “… biggest anti-privatization campaign in Canadian history.”

The union continues a campaign to force other agreements to have the same ability to restrict the ability of the government to hire a third party to do work done by OPSEU members. Thomas says this work should be kept, “… in the public sector where it belongs.”

OPSEU has asked the Labour Relations Board to schedule a strike vote for faculty at Ontario public colleges for September 14.

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