The highly talked about OSSTF (Ontario Secondary School Teachers Federation) District 35 bargaining period has finally reached an end. On Sunday August 9, 2015, the OSSTF and Brock University were able to come to terms with a tentative agreement before the deadline, which was set to be that same day at midnight.
“The strike deadline, we believe, applied the pressure on the University to come prepared to get a deal on August 9”, said Norm Westbury, President of the OSSTF.
While representing 225 members of the Brock University staff, the new established collective agreement can cause a big and positive impact within the Brock community.
“[The collective agreement came about after a] full day of bargaining with a Ministry of Labour appointed mediator assisting the parties.” Said Westbury.
The agreement became public knowledge the following day. The deal has to be ratified by Brock University and the OSSFT as well as going through a voting process in which the university’s Board of Trustees takes a part in as well.
Primarily the OSSFT District 35 represents library and administrative support staff, clearical and members of the office.
Members of the Union ratified the collective agreement on August 13 and on August 17 Brock University’s Board of Trustees consequently ratified it as well.
In terms of the new collective agreement, it was retroactive starting May 2015 and will be valid until April 30, 2018.
Although some improvement has been established with the newly founded agreement, there are still a few steps that need to be taken in order to further these.
“[We are] Never fully satisfied but happy with the overall improvements”, said Westbury regarding the newly established collective agreement.