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The Ontario College Podcast

The Ontario College Podcast

By Jonathan Singer

Devoted to covering issues concerning Ontario postsecondary education in general, and the current negotiations between full-time and partial-load faculty at Ontario's Colleges and the College Employer Council, in particular.

This podcast contains my personal opinions and those of my guests, and does not reflect in any way the opinion of any employer, college, bargaining unit, Union, Union division, Union local or the CAAT-Academic bargaining team. Or my cats.
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EP 6: Stand in the Place Where You Work

The Ontario College PodcastFeb 10, 2022

EP 6: Stand in the Place Where You Work

EP 6: Stand in the Place Where You Work

Episode Six starts (00:50-7:26) with Jonathan discussing current Bargaining Team events and offering an overview of the forced offer vote, scheduled for Feb.15-17, and the reasons to reject the CEC's current offer.  It continues (7:35-56:23) with an interview with the three newest CAAT-A bargaining team members, discussing the bargaining unit's first-ever attempt at work-to-rule, how bargaining relates to the mental health of our membership, and how to interpret the College's fiscal reporting.  It wraps up (56:30-57:18) with some concluding thoughts.

Works Cited:

Colleen Flaherty, "Faculty Pandemic Stress is Now Chronic", Inside Higher Ed, November 19, 2020.

Feb 10, 202259:19
EP5: Conciliation, Strike Vote, and Work-to-Rule

EP5: Conciliation, Strike Vote, and Work-to-Rule

Dec 24, 202142:53
EP4: Facts, Fiction & Conciliation
Nov 18, 202135:16
EP3: Mediation, Not Escalation
Sep 21, 202154:47
EP2: Quality Control

EP2: Quality Control

In Episode 2, Jonathan offers a broad overview of the College Employer Council’s positions and responses presented at the bargaining table on August 10-12, before interviewing Profs. Kevin MacKay and Martin Devitt, authors of the soon-to-be-published 2021 Update on Education in Ontario Colleges.

Aug 30, 202151:44
EP1: Bargaining Now

EP1: Bargaining Now

In this inaugural episode (recorded August 7), Jonathan interviews JP Hornick, Chair of the College Faculty CAAT-A Bargaining Team, fresh off a second set of bargaining dates with the College Employer Council.  Topics include the bargaining process that led to this point, the origins of the CAAT-A division's current approaches to bargaining, and the experience of being at the bargaining table.

The Union's bargaining proposals can all be found at, where OPSEU Bargaining Bulletins are also published.

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Aug 15, 202125:19