The OCEU Collective Agreement of 2016 – An Overview

The Ontario College Employees Union (OCEU) represents more than 12,000 members working in Ontario’s publicly funded colleges. In 2016, the union negotiated a new collective agreement with the College Employer Council, representing the colleges.

The OCEU collective agreement of 2016 represents a significant agreement for college employees in Ontario. The agreement’s key points include salary increases, changes to benefits, and updates on workplace safety and job security.

Salary Increases

Under the OCEU collective agreement, employees received a series of salary increases over the four-year agreement. Starting in September 2016, employees received a 1.5% increase in wages. In 2017, they received a 1.5% increase in September and a 1% increase in January. In 2018, employees received a 1.5% increase in September and a 1% increase in January. Finally, in 2019, employees received a 1.5% increase in September and a 1% increase in January.

Changes to Benefits

The OCEU collective agreement of 2016 also included changes to some employee benefits. For instance, the agreement introduced a paid leave provision for employees experiencing domestic violence. The agreement also included changes to the long-term disability plan for employees.

Workplace Safety

The OCEU collective agreement included updates on workplace safety. The agreement established a Joint Occupational Health and Safety Committee to address workplace safety issues. It also introduced a program to offer mental health support for college employees.

Job Security

The OCEU collective agreement of 2016 addressed job security for college employees. The agreement included provisions to address the impacts of technological changes on employees’ job security. It also included a provision to maintain the provision of part-time positions for college employees.

In Conclusion

The OCEU collective agreement of 2016 is a critical agreement for college employees in Ontario. The agreement addressed critical issues such as salary increases, changes to benefits, and workplace safety. The agreement is a significant achievement for the OCEU, representing a collaborative effort between the union and the College Employer Council.