Union for Ontario college teachers rejects 'final' offer, won't take it to members

The union for Ontario's community colleges said it will not take a rejected “final” offer from the college directly to the teachers.

The union for Ontario's community colleges said it will not take a rejected “final” offer from the college directly to the teachers.

 

 

Ontario's College Compensation and Appointments Council made the offer to OPSEU on Wednesday after several days of talks.

 

After the union rejected the offer, college management asked OPSEU to bring it back to the about 9,000 members for a vote.

 

The
council said the offer was better than previous ones because it
shortens the contract to three years, instead of four, and offers a
slightly higher salary increase.


“These final adjustments are as far as the colleges can go in the current environment,” it said in an “Urgent Report” Wednesday.


“The colleges have offered everything they can afford and accept.”


A
spokesman for the council said they were still waiting for an official
response from the union, but OPSEU spokesman Greg Hamara said the union
will not be putting the offer to its membership for a vote.


“Our
members in effect rejected the final offer when they authorized the
bargaining team to call a strike if we failed to reach an agreement,
and that happened on Jan. 13,” Hamara said.


If the college
wants the offer put to the teachers, he added, it can present it itself
because the only thing the union will consider taking to its members is
a recommended agreement to ratification.


So far, negotiations are ongoing and neither side has walked away from the table.


In its report, the council expressed disappointment that the union's bargaining team had rejected the offer.


“We have requested that the union take this final offer of settlement to their membership for a vote,” the report said.


“This will allow faculty to decide for themselves whether or not they wish to accept the offer.”


About 57 per cent of the teachers who voted earlier this month gave OPSEU a strike mandate to back their demands.


A strike would curtail classes for at least 200,000 full-time students.

 
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