OCUFA has been working with our partners in the postsecondary sector and the broader labour movement to respond to the government’s proposed wage-cap legislation. There is consensus in the labour movement that this legislation is an attack on the right to free and fair collective bargaining.
On June 5th, the day after the legislation was tabled, OCUFA President Gyllian Phillips participated in a press conference organized by the Ontario Federation of Labour (OFL) along with elected representatives and front-line workers from CUPE Ontario, the Ontario Nurses Association (ONA), the Ontario Secondary School Teachers’ Federation (OSSTF), and the Elementary Teachers’ Federation of Ontario (ETFO) among other unions. In speaking with reporters, OCUFA President Gyllian Phillips emphasized the negative impact of this proposed legislation on contract faculty, who work term-to-term and are already struggling to take care of their families and make ends meet.
OCUFA continues to seek legal advice on how to respond to this proposed legislation in order to protect the right to free and fair collective bargaining. Goldblatt Partners, who joined OCUFA at the order of the day at our May board meeting, issued a legal analysis of the proposed legislation that you can access here.