Collective Bargaining

Collective bargaining is a key part of labour negotiations. The process of negotiating an agreement that works for the Colleges, its people and unions can be complex and take time.  We have begun the Collective Bargaining negotiations phase, which has been scheduled to last several months.

Key elements of that process include:

Collective Agreement

A collective agreement is a written contract between an employer and a union, covering a group of employees represented by that union. The agreement outlines the terms and conditions of employment, and contains the rights, privileges and duties of the employer, the union, and the employees.

Collective Bargaining

Collective bargaining is a process in which a union and an employer negotiate a collective agreement. The parties focus on finding common ground to agree on issues including wages, working conditions, grievance procedures and benefits.

Tentative Agreement

A tentative agreement is reached when the employer and the union agree to the terms of the collective agreement, but bargaining unit members must vote to approve (ratify) the terms of the agreement.


Ratification by the union happens once collective bargaining has ended, and a tentative agreement has been reached. All members of the bargaining unit can vote to accept or reject the terms of the collective agreement. The collective agreement is ratified by the bargaining unit if a majority (50% + 1) of those voting agree to the terms of the agreement.

From May to October, the College Employer Council (CEC) are currently scheduled to negotiate the terms of our first collective agreement with part-time support staff at Ontario’s Colleges.

We are committed to reaching a fair and reasonable agreement that will protect jobs and provide long-term success for workers, students, and Ontario’s 24 colleges.