College Faculty including those at St. Clair College reached a tentative agreement with the College Employer Council ending the possibility of a strike which could have happened as early as the second week of school
The deal includes two years of zero wage increases, a move the union says is to improve job security for partial-load faculty, and to have a contract in place before the start of the school year.
College Faculty accepted the offer after the employer agreed to remove all of their proposals and concessions from the table. A key turning point in negotiations was the removal of a management proposal to create a new job classification of “Facilitator” which would have lessened the quality of education by opening the door to increased reliance on temporary staff and a diminished presence of full-time instructors in the classroom.
As well, the deal will give partial-load faculty job security. Partial-load teachers who have been employed previously by a College will get first priority in hiring if their courses are re-offered. The new contract also clarifies that academic Coordinators must not engage in supervision of their colleagues.
Ratification of the new College Faculty contract will take place soon and the contract will run for two years from September 1st 2012 to August 31st 2014.