OCADFA secures sessional and equity gains in new agreement

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Following two days of Interest Arbitration, months of mediation, and over a year of bargaining, the Ontario College of Art & Design Faculty Association (OCADFA) has secured significant gains in the areas of Sessional and Teaching Intensive Stream job security and in equity hiring and retention.

Amongst the gains made are the introduction of the concept of a Right of Reappointment for Sessional Faculty members (allowing these members to be reappointed for 1 section of a course per term after teaching that course 4 times within 5 years) and a permanent course load cap for studio sessionals.

The university will now collect demographic information about faculty, conduct exit interviews for departing faculty who identify as belonging to an equity-seeking group, and provide better culturally-relevant supports for faculty from equity-seeking groups.

Further, the agreement adds tenure track faculty to hiring committees, overhauls the process for hiring TAs and RAs, includes a robust leave program with a significant top up prorated by leave length, and a one per cent across the board wage increase as regulated by Bill 124.

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