Ontario Moves On College Bargaining Rights
McGuinty Government Introduces Legislation On Part-Time Collective Bargaining
Part-time college workers in Ontario are one step closer to having collective bargaining rights.
New legislation introduced today, would, if passed, replace the current Colleges Collective Bargaining Act and give part-time and sessional college workers the right to bargain collectively for the first time in Ontario. Collective bargaining processes in colleges would also be modernized and brought more in-line with those in most other Ontario workplaces.
The proposed legislation would mark an important step forward in modernizing the province's college system and ensuring strong, stable learning environments and a quality education experience for students.
The proposed legislation would implement recommendations made by Kevin Whitaker, Chair of the Ontario Labour Relations Board, who was appointed by the government to review college collective bargaining.
- There are more than 17,000 part-time faculty and support staff working in Ontario colleges, representing about half the total workforce.
- Ontario colleges serve about 250,000 students, including regular postsecondary studies, apprenticeships and training programs.
“This bill would help foster good labour relations in colleges and mark an important step in our plans to ensure high-quality postsecondary education is available to all Ontario students.”
“A healthy and robust collective bargaining process serves the interests of students, college employers and workers. The Ontario government's proposed legislation encourages all parties in the college sector to take greater responsibility for finding solutions to workplace challenges.”