At the end of September 2022, the University of Toronto Faculty Association (UTFA) and the University of Toronto Administration reached an agreement on benefits improvements for the third year of their 2020-2023 agreement. As noted in the OCUFA Report of February 25th, 2022. when UTFA and the University of Toronto Administration reached their three-year agreement on January 25th, 2022, salary, benefits, and workload terms for the third year were to be subject to arbitration.
On September 15th, 2022, Arbitrator Eli Gedalof issued an interim award ordering a one per cent Across-The-Board salary increase (in keeping with Bill 124) effective July 1st, 2022, and an increase to the minimum per-course stipend and overload rate from $18,255 to $18,438.
UTFA members made significant gains on benefits in the third year. Importantly, the Association was successful in maintaining equal access to health benefits for active and retired members. Improvements to paramedical, mental health, and vision care benefits were made, as well as the Dependent Scholarship Program.
Other issues, especially those related to fair and equitable workloads, remain subject to arbitration.