The message came across loud and clear:
Ontario’s colleges need significant changes, for the sake of both the faculty who work in them and the students who rely on the education they provide. Gathering from across the province, delegates from Ontario’s 24 public colleges came together on March 4 and 5 to discuss and debate the demands sent in by locals and to prioritize the issues the bargaining team will take to the negotiating table later this year.
While delegates considered hundreds of proposals designed to address the full breadth of issues facing the sector, this round’s decision making happened under a new format. This format was designed to ensure that the particular needs of marginalized groups within the membership were prioritized by the team. To reach that goal, the delegates in attendance selected not only their top 10 global demands to improve conditions for all faculty, but also three demands designed to address needs identified by partial load members and an additional three demands focused on the issues raised by counsellors and librarians.
If implemented, these changes will address many of the challenges facing the college sector and will make Ontario’s colleges better for both faculty and students.