The collective agreement for academic employees, including faculty, counsellors and librarians, at all of Ontario’s 24 colleges expired on September 30, 2021. The College Employer Council (CEC) and the Ontario Public Service Employees Union (OPSEU CAAT-A), the union representing full-time and partial-load faculty, librarians and counsellors, began collective bargaining to renew the academic collective agreement. A new contract agreement has not been reached.
As of December 11, 2021, OPSEU CAAT-A members voted 59.4 per cent in favour of a strike mandate. The union has been in a legal strike position since December 18, 2021. The strike mandate does not mean that a strike will happen automatically. The CEC has asked that OPSEU provide the colleges with advanced notice if they intend to take their membership out on strike.
Currently, union members are taking part in work-to-rule strike action at all colleges. For now, no strike has been called and the colleges and OPSEU can continue to negotiate while a strike mandate is in place.
On January 17, 2022, the CEC asked the Ontario Labour Relations Board (OLRB) to schedule an employer vote with the OPSEU CAAT-A on the colleges’ most recent offer of settlement. On January 18, 2022 the OLRB confirmed that the virtual vote will take place from February 15 to 17, 2022.
Humber recognizes that students and their families as well as our community and industry partners have concerns and questions about the impact of a potential strike by college faculty. We will provide regular communications to students and our community about any impact to activity at Humber.
We are committed to student success. In the event of a faculty strike, we would ensure that all students have the opportunity to achieve their learning goals in a timely manner. At this point, all scheduled academic activities will continue as planned. There is no impact on student work placements or Humber’s participation in offsite events.
The CEC has posted academic bargaining information and resources for students on its website including an FAQ, a glossary of terms and summary of bargaining to date.
Please also see our FAQ, which we will update as new information becomes available. Please check this page for updates.