POSTED ON July 10, 2020
Important Bargaining Update: Ratification Vote on July 27 and 28!

A quick bargaining update: as you may have heard, we have reached a tentative deal with the Employer! The next step is for you, the membership, to ratify this agreement!

Please look over these documents that outline exactly what changes have been made to the Collective Agreement! The ratification vote will take place on July 27 and 28 online. On that date, you will receive a link to fill out a form and place your ballot.

Do you have questions about the ratification process or bargaining in general? Join the Bargaining Committee and Referendum Officer  for a Question & Answer session!

When: Thursday, July  23, 2020

Time: 16 h – 18 h

Where: Online

Join with Google Meet:

Join by phone : +1 613-737-7183 (PIN: 608018511)

If you cannot attend, but still have questions, email us at


What is the Ratification vote?

Ratification is the final step of the bargaining process, where the membership (THAT’S YOU!) votes to accept or reject the changes that were made to the Collective Agreement during the bargaining process. On July 27, you’ll receive a link to a Google Form to vote yes or no to ratify the Memorandum of Settlement (MoS). The Settlement document, including explanations, can be found here in both official languages.

When will the results of the Ratification be announced?

The results of Ratification will be announced on July 31 by email. Once the agreement is ratified by the members, the Employer will have 90 days to send us our back-pay. (So yes, you will get paid a little extra once the MoS is ratified!)

What if the MoS is not ratified?

If the majority of the membership votes no, the Bargaining Committee will go back to the bargaining table with the Employer. However, the Bargaining Committee has unanimously endorsed the MoS because we feel it is a fair deal. Going back to the bargaining table means that we risk losing some of the wins we have achieved.

What are some of the changes to the Collective Agreement that were bargained for?

The settlement document gives detailed explanations of each change to the Collective Agreement. We have increased protections against harassment and discrimination, better pregnancy and parental leave, more Health and Dental funds, and more!

What if I have questions regarding the changes to the Collective Agreement?

Send your questions to Meg Peters, the Chair of the Bargaining Committee at or attend our Q&A on July 23rd!