Part-Time Support Staff Collective Agreement Negotiations – Update 1

The College Employer Council began negotiations at the end of May to reach an agreement that will provide long-term success for all part-time support staff and Ontario’s 24 Colleges. Initial discussions were productive, and the Colleges’ Bargaining Team is committed to fair, open and honest negotiations going forward. We are committed to working with OPSEU to negotiate an agreement that will maintain local operational flexibility to support academic delivery, service delivery, and student satisfaction and success.

Bargaining Schedule

The following dates have been scheduled for negotiations: July 4, 5, 6; August 23, 24, 30, 31; September 18, 19, 24, 25, 26; and October 2, 3, 4, 15, 16, 17. We will provide updates as negotiations progress.

Colleges Bargaining Team Selection

Members of the Colleges’ Bargaining Team are selected based on their subject expertise and experience; past work on joint provincial committees; and continuity with past and future rounds of negotiations. It is also important to have representation from small, medium and large colleges, while maintaining a regional balance.

Colleges’ Bargaining Team Members:

  • Pascal Bessette – Chair – Vice- président Ressources humaines et culture organisationnelle La Cité
  • Christine Blake, Dean of Students, Seneca College
  • Nicole Perreault, Director, Human Resources, Niagara College
  • Rick Webb, Director, Human Resources and Corporate Communications, Sault College
  • Kim Watkins, Chief Financial Officer, Mohawk College
  • Don Sinclair, Chief Executive Officer, College Employer Council (Chief Spokesperson)
  • Peter McKeracher, Director, Labour Relations, College Employer Council
  • Cathy Viviano, Human Resources Consultant, College Employer Council
  • Rob Little, Legal Counsel, Hicks Morley

To learn more about the Colleges’ Bargaining Team members, please visit

We are looking forward to working with the Union Bargaining Team to reach an agreement in a timely fashion.