POSTED ON July 14, 2020
Q&A session with the Bargaining Committee on July 23 16h-18h!

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

We have reached a tentative deal with the Employer! The next step is for you, the membership to ratify this agreement! The ratification vote will take place online on July 27 and 28; a link to the ratification ballot will be sent to you on July 27 and 28!

What needs to be ratified, you ask? The Memorandum of Settlement that the Bargaining Committee has been working hard on for the past year. You can find the MoS, complete with explanations here. If you have questions, don’t hesitate to email us at or attend the Q&A event on July 23!


What is Bill 124 and what does it have to do with ratification?

In October 2019, the Ontario government passed Bill 124. The bill limits bargaining power for unions with public employees by limiting the increase in salaries (at 1% per year) and in benefits (at 1% per year) for the three years of the collective agreement term.  Bill 124 gives context for why we could only bargain for a 1% increase in salaries, and an increase in the Health and Dental Fund and Conference Fund. Ratification is the process by which the union members (that’s you!) vote to agree to the changes that have been made to the collective agreement through bargaining.

I noticed that our bylaws differ from the ratification process outlined in this email. Why is that?

The Executive Board meeting (on June 25, 2020), and the Steward’s Council meeting (on July 2, 2020) both agreed to a new temporary procedure for ratification. Given the limitations of meeting in person because of COVID-19, we felt that it was best to move the voting process online. The new procedure, as recommended by CUPE National, stays as close to the bylaws as possible, while still keeping us safe and healthy.

When will the Health and Dental Fund be reopened?

Once the collective agreement has been ratified, the Health and Dental Fund will be reopened with additional funds as outlined in the new agreement. You will hear about the ratification results on July 31, 2020.

When will we receive our back-pay?

The collective agreement outlines a 1% salary increase per year for 2019-2022 (in accordance with Bill 124). That means that if you worked between September 1st 2019 and August 31, 2020, you will be entitled to back-pay to make up the salary increase. The Employer has 90 days after ratification to make that payment, but has said that they “will endeavour to make it in 60 days”.

What if I have questions regarding the changes to the collective agreement or the ratification process?

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