What is a Collective Agreement?

A collective agreement (or collective bargaining agreement) is a legally binding, joint agreement between the employer (the Ontario Colleges) and the union (OPSEU-SEFPO).

  • It specifies our rights and entitlements as workers and limits the employer’s power in the workplace.
  • It details wages, vacation, leave of absence, benefits, health and safety, job postings, dues, layoffs, seniority, discipline, dispute resolution, the grievance and arbitration process, and more.

There are separate collective agreements for full-time and part-time members.

Which Collective Agreement Applies to Me?

The Part-Time collective agreement applies to:

  • Regular Part-Time employees – Continuous part-time positions with no end dates and regularly scheduled weekly hours. Some may work less than 12 months of the year.
  • Casual employees – Work on-call or do not have regularly scheduled weekly hours.
  • Temporary employees – Temporarily replacing a Regular Part-Time employee on leave for no more than nine months.
  • Student employees – Any student working at and being paid wages by Mohawk College in a position only available to current college students, such as CSEP and co-op positions.
  • Projects of non-recurring kind (PNRK) – Contract positions for non-recurring projects. PNRK positions may work 35 or more hours per week.

Download the current Part-Time Collective Agreement (2022 to 2024)

The Full-Time collective agreement applies to:

  • Regular full-time positions
  • Appendix D (temporary employees) – Temporarily replacing a full-time employee on leave from their position.
  • Initiatives/Opportunities positions – Full-time contract positions that have established termination dates

New Full-Time agreement updates: See the bargaining agreement updates (new tab). All other articles in the 2018-2022 agreement continue to apply. The new agreement will be posted as soon as we receive it (estimated September 2023)

Download the current Full-Time Collective Agreement (2018 to 2022)