The University of Toronto will grant unionized workers who are covered by a one-year collective agreement a one per cent retroactive increase in compensation – the maximum wage allowed by the province – whose terms have been frozen as a result of COVID-19. Collective agreements set out the terms and conditions of employment of unionized workers as well as the rights, privileges and obligations of the union, employer and workers. At that time, the potential effects of the pandemic on student enrolment and budget were unknown, while on-campus services were particularly affected and resulted in prolonged temporary layoffs. Uncertainty and opseu ria recognized uncertainty and risk and cooperated with the university to jointly negotiate a one-year extension of collective agreements, which contained no improvement in compensation or benefits. The university and LOCAL 4120 ratified their collective renewal agreement on September 14, 2020. Please register to access the COMPATIBLE WITH THE ETC Local 4120 agreement. The university has 23 collective agreements with 11 different unions; Thirteen contracts will be renewed in 2017. The University of Toronto and United Steelworkers 1998 reached an interim agreement on a collective renewal agreement on November 2. Earlier this year, the university and the ETC signed a new collective agreement in 1998. The three-year agreement, ratified on 11 September, improved wages and working conditions. Details of the agreement will be presented to members at information sessions on November 9 on all three campuses. A ratification vote will take place on 13 November, with polling stations expected to be announced in the coming days.
The latest budget and enrolment data indicate that the university has not been as affected by the pandemic as feared last year. In particular, enrolments, which feed the bulk of staff budgets and salaries, have remained relatively stable. In these circumstances, U de T decided that it would be able to grant a 1% increase in retroactive pay to July 1, 2020, when the one-year extension and freeze for non-unionized workers came into effect. “We are very pleased to be able to offer this increase,” said Hannah-Moffat. The Ontario Public Service Employees Union, Local 578 (OPSEU Local 578) represents research officers and associates at the University of Toronto`s Ontario Institute for Studies in Education.