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General Membership Meeting – Oct 20, 2016

| October 7, 2016 | 0 Comments

Please join us on Thursday, October 20 for a General Membership Meeting.

Where: Dragon Pearl Restaurant – 865 York Mills Rd (Just west of Don Mills Rd)

Time: 5:30 p.m. for dinner, meeting at 6 p.m.


  • Budget Amendment
  • Mobilization
  • Contract Negotiations Update

Free parking, child/eldercare reimbursement, refreshments to suit all dietary needs, and no cost to you!

All full-time and partial-load faculty are invited to attend. Part-time and Sessional faculty are welcome to attend as guests, space permitting.

Steward Election Oct 21 – ECE and Fashion

| October 7, 2016 | 0 Comments

Election: Up to three Local 560 stewards for Early Childhood Education and School of Fashion

Where: Newnham Campus, B3036
When: Friday, Oct. 21 at 11:00 A.M.

In a ten-minute meeting, we will elect up to three stewards from among the Full-Time and Partial-Load professors in the areas of ECE and School of Fashion. Each elected steward will represent both of those areas.
Stewards are at the heart of our Union. As members of the Local 560 Executive Committee, they represent the needs and concerns of the faculty in their area, and facilitate the flow of union information to faculty.

Participating in this meeting will ensure that faculty in your area have their voice heard by both the Union Executive and College management. Local 560 Chief Steward Frank Yee will be running the election and will be happy to stay to address any general questions or issues that you may have.

If you wish to run for steward, you do not need to bring a nominator. If you wish to run but are not able to attend, you can send a faculty member in the area in your absence, providing them with a letter in which you accept their nomination in absentia.

Fairness for Contract Faculty Day of Action

| September 29, 2016 | 0 Comments

King Campus Steward Election

| September 23, 2016 | 0 Comments

An election will be held to fill vacant steward positions at King Campus on Thursday, October 6

Location – Boardroom “A” (off the main foyer)

Time – 1:00 to 2:00

All Local 560 members in good standing are eligible to stand for election as steward.

For more information, contact Frank Yee,

American Voter Registration and Absentee Ballot Assistance

| September 23, 2016 | 0 Comments

The November 8th U.S. Election Registration Deadlines are quickly approaching!  If you are an American or Dual citizen and have questions regarding your eligibility to vote, or if you are an eligible voter with questions about registration or obtaining an absentee ballot, there is necessary paperwork to complete before the upcoming state deadlines.  If you need information to navigate this process, you can visit or  If you would like assistance, Curtis Breslin has received training in U.S. voter registration and can make specific inquiries. Contact him at

Faculty Offices at King Campus

| September 19, 2016 | 0 Comments

20160914_141425Faculty in Garriock Hall were blindsided in late summer by orders to immediately pack up their office contents for a move to other offices. Apparently construction was planned for the current office location, but nobody bothered to tell affected faculty. Further, there has been no information about whether this is temporary or a new cost-savings measure for a college that seems to be so cash-strapped it has to solicit donations from students and employees to complete building construction.

King faculty had to give up days of vacation to do this last-minute work, and others returned to campus after their holidays only to find their possessions and files had been packed and moved without their involvement. To date, we have not received confirmation that the vacation days given up by faculty to do this unplanned work will be compensated for, as they should be.

Despite the urgency conveyed to faculty that they had to pack and move soonest, to date no construction has taken place at the old offices. They are being used as storage. Moreover, personal items and furniture still have not been moved. Was there really the need to move faculty out at all? The college certainly felt no need to provide faculty any measure of respect in the process.

The Collective Agreement, Article 7.02, provides for “reasonable provision for the environmental conditions of air, light, space and temperature of employees’ work areas in the College.”
cheek-by-jowlfaculty-offices-kingThis may be management’s idea of “reasonable” for a call centre, a sweatshop sales office, or a passel of summer associates at a legal firm, but for faculty who must meet with students, it’s unacceptable. We are told that two “spaces” will be made available to allow faculty and students to have confidential conversations. Outside of that statement proving management gave absolutely no thought to faculty and student needs, it’s not a workable solution. Are we to believe that a distraught student, discussing with faculty the stresses of their assignments or personal challenges, should be interrupted while the professor runs off to determine if one of these confidential “spaces” is free for use?

As one faculty stated, “It is common for students to start talking about dropping a course and, the next second, they are crying and revealing personal matters.” For faculty in the SSW program, they are uncomfortable stressing client confidentiality in the profession when they cannot act accordingly or role model for the students.

It is bad enough that incompetent management has disrupted faculty and breached the college’s own policies regarding privacy and confidentiality of student information, but of greater concern is that it seems King management has absolutely no idea of what faculty do, nor does it care.

If You’ve Got a McJob, You can Get a McEducation

| September 9, 2016 | 0 Comments

You may have seen the announcement regarding this deal: “All 24 of Ontario’s public colleges have entered into an agreement with The McDonald’s Corporation to accept employee training for McDonald’s managers as academic credit for college business programs. McDonald’s managers who complete a corporate curriculum called Managers Development Program 2 (MDP2) will receive the equivalent of 10 academic credits, or the first year of a college business diploma.”

While it may seem like a good idea to award prior learning credit for knowledge gained in the workplace, there are some problems with evaluating that learning and matching it to a similar educational qualification gained at a post-secondary institution. Our colleagues in Local 110 at Fanshawe College have written a thoughtful and well-considered analysis of the subject.

Check it out at

Called to Account

| May 27, 2016 | 0 Comments

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.

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 a lesson.” He singled out North Bay superintendent Lou-Ann Lucier for acting out of “anti-union animus.”

Herlich went on to slam the employer for abusing its own workplace discrimination and harassment policy, which it used to justify its conduct towards Bisaillon.

As a further act of reparation, Herlich ordered the ministry to post a notice in North Bay Jail promising, among other things, not to discourage union membership, interfere with the union’s representatives, or remove union notices. The ministry must also promise to “make Michel Bisaillon and the union whole for the damages they have suffered.”

OPSEU President Warren (Smokey) Thomas said the board’s decision represented a huge win for the rights of working people to be represented by a union and to be protected against employer intimidation.

It is far better for everyone — and a lot less costly — to work collaboratively with the union toward mutual goals.

General Membership Meeting and Elections

| May 9, 2016 | 0 Comments

Thursday, May 26, 2016 at 5:30 p.m.

Location: Courtyard/TownePlace Suites Toronto Northeast/Markham (formerly the Holiday Inn), Woodbine Ave, just north of Steeles.

7095 Woodbine Ave, Markham, ON L3R 1A3


Refreshments at 5:30, meeting begins at 6:00 p.m.

Updated Agenda:

  • Election of 2016-18 Officers and Delegates (*all elected 2016-18 stewards eligible to run for office)
  • Contract faculty update and provincewide mobilization presentation
  • Reports from Officers
  • Proposed Amendment to Local 560 Budget for hiring office staff
  • OPSEU assistance for Fort McMurray residents

Parking is free — do not pay using their lot machines, the union will cover parking costs for our members. Please ensure you sign in when you arrive at the meeting. Child/Elder care will be reimbursed. A light supper will be served.

If you have any questions contact us by email or phone as usual. We look forward to seeing you!

Phone: 416-495-1599 Email:

Retirement Planning Sessions May 16 & 17

| May 4, 2016 | 0 Comments

Three representatives from the CAAT Pension Plan, Mohamed Kaba, Kristin Biefer and John Cappelletti, will be visiting Seneca College to deliver the following presentations for Plan members:

Retirement Planning
Date: Monday, May 16, 2016
Time: 1:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Location: Newnham Campus, Room: A3505, Building A

Date: Tuesday, May 17, 2016
Time: 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Location: Newnham Campus, Room: A3505, Building A

Following each session, the presenters will be available to answer questions participants may have about their pension benefits. We encourage you to attend a session to learn more about your benefits under the Plan.