News

• Employer makes puerile offer directly to members; bargaining team responds

• Bargaining Team call for strike vote

• Bargaining Team has filed for conciliation

Bargaining Updates here.

• ☑ Contract Faculty Vote to Unionize 2 October 2017

Bargaining Dispatches

Letter from a Partial Load Professor

Letter from a Partial Load Professor

Dear CAAT-A faculty members: I know that many of you have waited quite some time for an increase in your salaries. After the proposal by the College Presidents this past winter to the Minister of Advanced Education and Skills Development requesting a hefty increase to their salaries, I know that many of you deserve an […]

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What the Employer is Actually Saying

What the Employer is Actually Saying

You have read what they wrote, now read what they are actually saying: The Question The Employer’s Answer The Truth 1.  Why [is the employer] making this offer to college faculty? “The colleges considered it only fair to provide the same opportunity to its faculty as other public sector unions have received.” It is not […]

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Employer Proposal Flawed, Unacceptable; Has Serious Negative Implications.

Employer Proposal Flawed, Unacceptable; Has Serious Negative Implications.

Dear Members: You may have received a communication from your employer indicating that a settlement proposal was brought by the Employer to the Bargaining Team last week. The Team followed our consultation process in sharing the proposal confidentially with the Presidents of all 24 Union Locals as well as the Bargaining Advisory Committee (BAC), which is comprised of […]

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Quick Notes on Strike Vote from Local 560

Quick Notes on Strike Vote from Local 560

Dear Local 560 members, I hope that your summer is going well. In light of our bargaining team’s latest, fifth newsletter yesterday, and the team’s request for a Strike Authorization Vote, I wanted to offer a quick update about bargaining. As you know, bargaining between OPSEU and the College Employer Council is underway. Representing faculty […]

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Grievance Dispatches

Faculty Member Facing HRTO Complaint over Accommodations

Faculty Member Facing HRTO Complaint over Accommodations

Faculty Member Facing HRTO Complaint over Accommodations There are none who are more committed to students’ access to quality education than our members. Yet, as a cautionary tale we sadly recount the circumstances that find one of our number answering to a discrimination charge before the Human Rights Tribunal of Ontario (HTRO).  If nothing else, […]

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College Denies that Accommodating Special Needs Students Requires Additional SWF Time

College Denies that Accommodating Special Needs Students Requires Additional SWF Time

College Denies that Accommodating Special Needs Students Requires Additional SWF Time Recent Ontario legislation and guidelines from the Ontario Human Rights Commission underscore the legal importance of accommodating students with special needs. For this reason, it was shocking and disturbing to hear the College formally deny that students with special needs had, in fact, special […]

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Called to Account

Called to Account

When management chooses to attack the union and its representatives rather than do the right thing by its workers, they will ultimately be called to account. https://opseu.org/news/grievance-board-blasts-jail-management-misconduct In a stinging rebuke of both their conduct and motives, Herlich raked senior MCSCS management over the coals for their “conspiracy to target the grievor and teach him […]

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Faculty Dispatches

Student success depends on faculty support

Student success depends on faculty support

For students to succeed, they need the support of faculty who are given enough time and stability to develop curriculum, teach courses, provide out-of-class support, and use what they learn in one term to improve the course for the next. Sadly, the share of faculty who are in full-time positions and able to provide that […]

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Contract Faculty Union Vote in October

Contract Faculty Union Vote in October

The Labour Board has decided that the representation vote for part-time and sessional faculty will begin on October 2, 2017. For contract faculty, this will be an incredible opportunity to radically improve their working conditions. OPSEU will be sending an email to contract faculty shortly, informing them of the upcoming vote. OPSEU will be updating […]

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Public colleges should be publicly funded

Public colleges should be publicly funded

Ontario’s public colleges play a crucial role in supporting economic growth and educating students for the jobs of tomorrow. Sadly, however, years of government under-funding have created a situation where Ontario’s public colleges now receive the least per-student funding of any province. This is pushing colleges into questionable ventures with private colleges, corporations, and overseas […]

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Contract faculty will vote to unionize.

Contract faculty will vote to unionize.

Contract faculty working at all 24 of Ontario’s public colleges will soon have a chance to vote to unionize, possibly in mid-July 2017  starting October 2 (update) The Ontario Public Service Employees Union (OPSEU) filed an application on 23 June 2017 to become the bargaining agent for faculty members who teach part-time and sessionals. Read […]

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Contract Dispatches

What is a SWF? Some SWF Rules.

What is a SWF? Some SWF Rules.

SWF = Standard Workload Formula, a means of measuring assigned workload for FT faculty Timeline: SWF to be delivered no later than 6 weeks prior to assigned workload period (excluding vacation) Delivery must follow: 1. Discussion of workload between manager + faculty member, and 2. Discussion of evaluation factors for each course with all faculty […]

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If your SWF doesn’t capture or reflect your total actual workload

If your SWF doesn’t capture or reflect your total actual workload

If your SWF doesn’t capture or reflect your total actual workload: 1. If within 5 days of receipt, check box marked “SWF Referred to Workload Monitoring Group”, sign, keep a photocopy and e-mail Frank Yee at fyee@opseu560.org. 2. Otherwise, a) inform manager of inaccuracy, b) request a written response within 7 days, then contact Workload […]

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Possible reasons why a SWF might need correction

Possible reasons why a SWF might need correction

Incomplete list of possible reasons why a SWF might need correction, to measure actual workload (from Art. 11.02 C2): Special-needs students, technological demands, need to develop curriculum, degree-level courses, student research demands, lab setup, hybrid or online teaching needs, faculty research expectations.

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The Stakes of This Round of Bargaining: $20/hour Teachers Proposed at Mohawk College

The Stakes of This Round of Bargaining: $20/hour Teachers Proposed at Mohawk College

The Stakes of This Round of Bargaining: $20/hour Teachers Proposed at Mohawk College   Mohawk College in Hamilton features a summer program taught in conjunction with a Quebec CEGEP.  Traditionally, Mohawk has staffed similar programs with Mohawk employees who were members of our provincewide CAAT-A bargaining unit. However, this spring, Mohawk informed its faculty union […]

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Workload Dispatches

Drop-In SWF Clinic — 4 Campuses Next Week!

Drop-In SWF Clinic — 4 Campuses Next Week!

Are you working unpaid overtime? Are you being given enough time to meet the grading needs of your courses and students? How much time are you being directed by your manager to spend preparing your classes? Is Seneca College management respecting your work enough to give you the time needed to do it well? For […]

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Colleges: Priorities at 50

Colleges: Priorities at 50

Ontario’s public college system turns 50 this year. As Ontario celebrates that milestone, OPSEU’s College Faculty bargaining team looks at the priorities of college presidents, and proposes a different path, one that invests in students and faculty first.  

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Attend a Drop-In SWF Clinic at Your Campus

Attend a Drop-In SWF Clinic at Your Campus

Ensuring that your SWF is correct and complete is the best way for Full-Time professors to ensure that they have enough time to provide quality education to their students. Your Union members of Seneca’s Workload Monitoring Group will be reviewing SWFs and answering workload questions at the following locations: S@Y – Friday Nov 18 – […]

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Is Seneca College Violating Ministry Standards?

Is Seneca College Violating Ministry Standards?

Seneca students potentially short-changed by over 25% of instructional hours The Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities publishes system-wide program standards for all types of programs at Ontario post-secondary education institutions, indicating amongst other things their required vocational standards, essential employability skills, and general education requirements. The distinctions between standards for various levels of academic […]

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College Dispatches

Which Policy Has Hurt Seneca’s Academic Quality the Most?

Which Policy Has Hurt Seneca’s Academic Quality the Most?

Academic Quality Survey Which Policy Has Hurt Seneca’s Academic Quality the Most?

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Seneca Declines Further in Province Wide Key Performance Indicators

Seneca Declines Further in Province Wide Key Performance Indicators

Seneca Declines Further in Province Wide Key Performance Indicators Seneca finishes last among Ontario Colleges in 3 of 5 published metrics; grad employment rate 5% below GTA college average   Figuring out how well Seneca College is doing is difficult. Last December, for instance, Seneca was (as usual) listed among the top 100 employers in […]

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Diploma Nursing Program Admissions Suspended Pending Regulatory Body Review

Diploma Nursing Program Admissions Suspended Pending Regulatory Body Review

Diploma Nursing Program Admissions Suspended Pending Regulatory Body Review  Review follows decline in program graduates’ performance in national certification exams; program’s future to be determined at June College of Nurses of Ontario council meeting

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Seneca Executive Compensation Feedback

Seneca Executive Compensation Feedback

As you may know, the Province has introduced a new framework for determining executive pay at Ontario’s Colleges. In response, the Seneca College Board of Governors has developed compensation guidelines for Seneca Senior adminstrators, located at: http://www.senecacollege.ca/about/consultation-program/index.html. This proposal would give the Seneca College President a maximum salary of $494,000, and Vice-Presidents a maximum salary […]

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