University of Toronto collective bargaining updates

Bargaining update


June 3, 2021

Over the course of the past year, the University and the University of Toronto Faculty Association (UTFA), have met on more than 30 occasions to discuss issues related to the pandemic and an agreement on salary, benefits and workload for the period of July 1, 2020 – June 30, 2021.

As is the normal course for these discussions, the parties have agreed to proceed to mediation with a third party mediator, Kevin Burkett, on outstanding issues. This mediation commences on June 9, 2021.

Mediator Burkett will also work with the parties on a COVID-19 Letter of Understanding to address issues related to the pandemic.

In respect of July 1, 2021 PTR, the University wrote to UTFA in mid-March of 2021 seeking agreement to pay July 1, 2021 PTR to faculty and librarians in the July 2021 pay run, using the same PTR payment model as was used for the July 1, 2020 PTR payment. The University made this offer without having reached a salary, benefits and workload agreement with UTFA for the relevant period. To date, we have not reached agreement with UTFA. The University remains willing to pay July 1, 2021 PTR to faculty and librarians in the July 2021 pay run on the basis proposed by the University provided we can reach agreement.

April 1, 2021 

The University is very pleased that the tentative agreement reached with CUPE 3902 Unit 1 on March 26th has now been ratified by the majority of bargaining unit employees who cast their ballots. The Memorandum of Agreement will be posted on the HR & Equity website imminently. The University thanks the negotiating teams for their hard work, commitment and dedication throughout the collective bargaining process.

March 30, 2021 

On Monday March 29, 2021, at a special membership meeting, CUPE 3902 Unit 1 (the union representing students working as teaching assistants, teaching laboratory assistants, markers, graders and instructors) voted to send the tentative agreement that was reached on March 26, 2021 to the wider membership for a ratification vote. The vote will take place between March 30 and April 1. All employees who are CUPE 3902 Unit 1 members are encouraged to vote. Further details are available from the union.

March 26, 2021 

The University and CUPE 3902 Unit 1, the union representing our Teaching Assistants, have reached a tentative agreement. This tentative agreement is subject to ratification by Unit 1 employees represented by CUPE 3902 and the University.

March 19, 2021 

The University and CUPE 3902 Unit 1, the union representing our TAs, are continuing with collective bargaining. We have met a number of times this week and have mutually agreed to meet over the weekend, as well as on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday of next week.  

The University is looking forward to continuing to work collaboratively with the Union to reach a negotiated renewal collective agreement without labour disruption.

March 8, 2021

The University has been engaged in collective bargaining negotiations with CUPE 3902, the union representing our TAs, since December and the parties have met approximately 18 times in an effort to collaboratively reach a negotiated renewal collective agreement without a labour disruption. The University’s TAs play an important role in ensuring that U of T is a leading academic institution in Canada.

The parties have now met twice with the assistance of a provincially appointed conciliator. A No Board letter has now been issued by the Ministry of Labour, thereby placing the Union in a legal strike position any date or time after Sunday, March 21 at 12:00 a.m.

This does not mean there will be a strike, and the University is committed to continuing to meet with the Union to reach an agreement. There are five full days already scheduled for negotiations in the next two weeks, including two days with the provincially appointed conciliator who will be acting as a mediator. Updates on bargaining status can be found at