On Monday, January 17, 2022, Humber faculty members received this email from Humber College notifying them of the College’s final offer of settlementThis final offer is almost identical to Management’s Offer made on November 23, 2021. In other words, this offer is filled with concessions, and more importantly, it is void of language that helps improve faculty working conditions.

We’re asking you to REJECT this offer, as accepting this offer would guarantee worse working conditions for present and future faculty, and as a result, for all current and future students. This is their last move. If we stand strong now, they will have no choice but to bargain with us or accept binding arbitration.

Resources from the Bargaining Team:

NEW! Ontario Labour Relations Board: Notice of Vote

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FAQ – Final Offer Vote

Have a question? Ask us at info@opseu562.org.

Under the CCBA, Section 17 (2), the College Employer Council (CEC) may present an offer directly to the membership, bypassing the Union's Bargaining Team. Eligible members will vote to accept or reject the offer, which is called the "Final Offer Vote" (also known as a "Forced Offer Vote"). On Jan 17, 2022, the CEC made the request to the Ontario Labour Relations Board (OLRB) to conduct this vote. We are asking members to REJECT the offer.

You are eligible to vote if you are employed by Humber College under one of these groups:

    1. You are actively employed at the college as a full-time or partial load professor, instructor, counsellor, or librarian; or
    2. You are on recall as outlined in the collective agreement; or
    3. You are on a leave as outlined in the collective agreement; or
    4. You are on an approved leave as enshrined in law (disability leave, pregnancy/parental leave, ESA leave); or
    5. You have an active grievance ongoing in the system.

This offer fails to address many of the demands put forward by members. Remember that our bargaining team is elected by the membership, and mandated to represent the interests of the membership. In March/April 2021, faculty followed OPSEU's demand setting process, and entrusted our elected team to ensure our demands were heard the bargaining table. Our bargaining team cannot reject an offer that addresses our demands, and nor can they recommend one that doesn’t. The Bargaining Team does not recommend this offer because it does not address our demands. 

Comparison: 2022-01-26 Faculty issues: CEC Offer Debunked

 

The Ontario Labour Relations Board is in charge of setting up the vote. It is set to take place from 9 a.m. on Tuesday, February 15 through to 3 p.m. Thursday, February 17, 2022 (EST).

You can vote either online or by phone.

To vote by telephone, dial 1-877-382-9947 (toll free) and follow the provided instructions. Please note that you will require a PIN to vote.

To vote online, visit https://olrb-crto.simplyvoting.com and follow the instructions. Please note that you will require a PIN to vote.

Eligible voters will receive an email on Monday, February 14, 2022 at their College email address (or personal email address, if a College address is not available) outlining how to vote and providing a personal identification number (PIN). You will need a PIN to cast your vote.

If you believe that you are eligible to vote and do not receive an email on February 14, 2022 outlining how to vote and providing a personal identification number (PIN), you may contact the OLRB Help desk at the numbers and hours below:

OLRB Help Desk Telephone:
French - (416) 434-6748
English - (416) 326-7432

OLRB Help Desk Hours of Operation:
February 15:  9 am - 1 pm (EST)
February 16: 1 pm - 5 pm (EST)
February 17 : 11 am - 1 pm (EST)

First, please check your College and personal email addresses on Monday Feb 14, 2022.

If you believe that you are eligible to vote and do not receive an email on February 14, 2022 from the OLRB, please call them directly:

OLRB Help Desk Telephone:
French - (416) 434-6748
English - (416) 326-7432

OLRB Help Desk Hours of Operation:
February 15:  9 am - 1 pm (EST)
February 16: 1 pm - 5 pm (EST)
February 17 : 11 am - 1 pm (EST)

The ballot that will be provided to voters contains the following:

The Employer’s last offer was received by the Union on January 17, 2022.

______ I accept the employer's offer received on January 17, 2022.

______ I reject the employer's offer received on January 17, 2022.

We are encouraging all members to REJECT the offer.

Yes. For most faculty, you will receive your PIN through your College email system. Even so, the voting process and conducted by the OLRB, and only the OLRB will have access to voting data. The PIN which will be provided is strictly for personal use and must not be shared.

NO! Because this vote is conducted centrally by the OLRB, they have lists of employees from all 24 Ontario colleges. In other words, they would know if you worked at more than one college. You are only allowed 1 vote per member. Voting more than once nullifies all your votes! If you work at more than one college, you will receive a PIN at all colleges, but should only use one PIN (doesn't matter which one) to vote.

Absolutely not! In fact, it is patently false!

If the majority of faculty vote to accept the college's offer, it's true that bargaining would be over. However, you would be locking yourself into a 3-year period of bad employment terms. The college's offer is absolutely baseline, with minimal improvements to our working conditions.

However, if the majority of faculty vote to reject the college's offer, the CEC will have no other moves to make. As such, there would be no need for our Bargaining Team to call a full strike. Bargaining will continue, and when all is said and done, the new collective agreement can only be BETTER than what the college has offered. This is why faculty must reject the offer.

Yes. You will be paid by 2 sources: OPSEU Central (head office) and us (Local 562). Here's the explanation of how OPSEU strike pay works:

All faculty who are signed members in good standing and who participate in strike duties are eligible to receive strike pay. The amount of strike pay given by OPSEU/SEFPO is as follows:

  • During weeks 1 to 3, each member is entitled to $200 per week plus an additional $50 per week per dependant. The daily rate is $40 per day and $10 per day per dependant.
  • From the 4th week onwards, each member is entitled to $300 per week, or $60 per day. Dependant pay remains the same at $50 per week per dependant.

A dependant is defined as:

  • a non-income-earning spouse (excluding a spouse on strike);
  • a child under 18 (or under 26 if attending school full-time) or a dependent child as defined by the collective agreement or benefit plan;
  • a disabled family member; or
  • an elderly family member who normally receives financial support from the striking member.

If both spouses are on strike, both may claim the dependants.

The Local will match the payment made by OPSEU Central. All strike pay is tax-free income.

The votes will be counted on February 18, 2022. We anticipate the results to be shared with members on the same day.

Please email us at info@opseu562.org, and leave your name, phone number, and best time to call. Speaking with you will probably be the fastest and most efficient way to answer any questions you may have. However, if you feel uncomfortable with a phone conversation, or if email is your preferred method of communication, you can also send your questions to info@opseu562.org, and we'll do our best to get back to you as soon as possible.