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November 11, 2017 5:15 PM

Offer of Settlement to college faculty

As faculty are considering the November 6 Offer for Settlement in advance of the upcoming vote, colleges and the College Employer Council are receiving a number of questions regarding the Return-to-Work protocol, and specifically the impact of the strike on faculty salaries.

We’d like to take this opportunity to clarify exactly what you can expect in the event that the offer is accepted and faculty return to the classroom.

The only wages employees will lose are those that cover the period of the labour disruption.  The employer does not pay any wages to cover the time during the strike, when employees have withdrawn their services.

Once the strike has ended, there will be no further deductions or penalties to any faculty pay. Employees will go back on payroll at the new wage rate provided in the offer effective as of the first day back to work.

More information and specific examples are provided below.

The Colleges’ Bargaining Team will host a listen-live webcast at 11:00 a.m. on Monday, November 13 to address more questions about the Offer for Settlement and the upcoming vote. Access the webcast at

We know this is an important decision and would be pleased to address any additional questions you might have as you’re weighing your options.

Shelley Schenk, Director, Human Resources
519-748-5220, ext. 3333

Returning to Work - Salary Implications

Q: What happens to my pay and when do I start back on payroll if I vote yes?

A: College salaries are annualized over the calendar year. The employer does not pay wages during a labour disruption as the faculty member has withdrawn their services. Once the strike has ended, the faculty member would go back on payroll effective Friday November 17, 2017 at the new wage rate.

 Q: Please provide a specific example of how this would be implemented by the colleges.

A: Example: A faculty member currently is currently at step 17 = $95,573.00

The daily rate = $367.59/day. Assuming a yes vote, the strike would end on November 16.

The faculty member would have lost 24 days wages = $8,822.16 during the strike.

On November 17, 2017, the faculty member would be reinstated on payroll at full pay on the new step 17 = $95,573.00 x 1.75% = $97,246.00.

 Q: Will there be any further payroll deductions or claw backs upon my return to work on November 17, 2017?

A: No. The only wages lost is the $8,822.16 during the 24 day strike. The faculty member would go on back on payroll on November 17, 2017 at the new step 17.

Read the full Offer of Settlement