Ontario colleges are very pleased with the arbitrator’s award, which is consistent with the colleges’ bargaining positions. The award enshrines the academic freedom policies that exist at most colleges while providing the same percentage salary increase that the colleges tabled before the strike started.
“We have a workable award that is in the best interests of all parties and we want to thank the arbitrator for his efforts,” said Sonia Del Missier, Chair, Colleges’ Bargaining Team. “The arbitrator’s award preserves the ability of colleges to be responsive to local economic needs in a timely and flexible way.
Ms. Missier continued: “The strike has been a terrible experience for our students and everyone affected. We appreciate all of the efforts being made by faculty and staff to recover from these events and continue the education and training of our students. We will be focused on rebuilding our positive working relationship with faculty that is in the best interests of the colleges, our students, and our communities.”
Highlights from the Arbitrator’s Award
The arbitrator’s award continues the colleges’ approach to academic freedom that is grounded in collaboration and preservation of standards.
The arbitrator did not accept the union’s attempt to remove academic decision making from the college’s academic leadership.
The consistency of academic content in the classroom has been maintained for our students.
Continued collaborative academic planning will ensure program consistency for students through continued academic oversight by the colleges to adhere to provincial and professional standards.
The salary award of 7.75% over four years matches the salary position offered by the colleges before the strike started.
Return to Work
The arbitrator has also removed all faculty grievances, complaints and claims related to the return to work and prevented further claims from being filed in exchange for a one-time payment of $900 to full-time faculty and $450 to partial-load faculty.
About Sault College
The vision of Sault College is to provide a transformative life experience through empowering those who study with us to think and learn in progressive, innovative ways, including those we have not yet imagined. Sault College grants Ontario College certificates, diplomas, advanced diplomas, graduate certificates, and degrees to its graduates. The College is the largest deliverer of apprenticeship training in all of Northern Ontario. Sault College has a significant economic impact on the community, with spin-offs in excess of $158 million. Over $1.8 million dollars in scholarships, bursaries and awards are distributed annually to students at the College. Located on the border to the United States and situated in the middle of three of the largest Great Lakes on the planet, Sault College is one of 24 publicly-funded colleges in the province of Ontario.