Bill 148 and the Employer’s Latest Offer (#2)

Yesterday’s post concerned (amongst other things) the desirability of having the two bargaining teams explicitly assert in our Collective Agreement the importance of equity for Partial-Load faculty, and having them negotiate the implementation of Bill 148’s terms into our Collective Agreement, to the fullest degree possible.  Desirable, at least, in comparison with the Employer’s offer a) to say nothing about Bill 148, b) to make no effort whatsover to effect the kind of equity that Bill 148 is designed to legally enshrine, and c) to have all issues about how to implement such provisions (in the event that the legislation passes) to a board of arbitration, in a time-consuming formal process.

Our most dedicated correspondent responds, claiming that my…

…idea “that the College is unwilling to provide pay equity to contract faculty only a) under the force of legislation, b) to the minimum degree required by that legislation, and c) only to the further degree (and only at the time) determined at the end of an arbitral process” is not “uncharitable.” It defines the way the employer behaves with respect to all issues from salary and and working conditions to matters of pedagogy and curriculum control.

The only possible good that might come from arbitration lies in the fact that arbitrators have occasionally sided with workers as, for example, in the case of compelling colleges to open up a few more full-time positions – something local management is now claiming as a sign of its generosity and good faith, after fighting against such initiatives for decades.

Looking forward to fair arbitration results, however, doesn’t alter the fact that securing any such results would be costly. time-consuming and far from a certainty. Maybe the employer is just looking forward to a change in government on or before the scheduled election date of June 7, 2018 and is putting as many of its eggs as possible into Patrick Brown’s basket.



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