The College Employer Council said on Thursday evening that the union representing striking college faculty requested a $5,000 return to work bonus while refusing arbitration earlier in the day.
Lead union negotiator JP Hornick denied making the request during a press conference later on. However, OPSEU was aiming to secure “compensation for the extra time [the colleges] dragged this out.”
The employer council and the Ontario Public Sector Employees Union re-entered negotiations on earlier in the day after a forced vote resulted in the union continuing to strike.
The return to work bonus would have come from the student hardship fund Ontario education minister Deb Matthews announced last week.
“OPSEU actions at the table moved us further away from a settlement,” said lead college negotiator Sonia Del Missier in a statement.
“Today’s bargaining should have been focused on getting students back to class, but OPSEU chose the path of signing bonuses for faculty and a dismissal of arbitration.”
Faculty have been paying themselves during the strike, drawing on a union pool they contributed to since becoming members.
More details to follow. Image 1 of picketers from previous files.