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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.

Application for September Union Educationals due July 11; sign up today!

Bargaining for a new collective agreement is underway.  More information can be found here.

Bargaining Dispaches

Contract faculty will soon 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. 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 more here.

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OPSEU Part-Time/Sessional Unionizing Drive

OPSEU Part-Time/Sessional Unionizing Drive

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New to Our Bargaining Process: The BAC

New to Our Bargaining Process: The BAC An unprecedented level of input for College Locals and Partial-Load faculty in the bargaining process The Bargaining Advisory Committee (BAC) is a new structure in CAAT-A negotiations. It is comprised of 24 full-time members (selected by Local Executives) and 8 partial load faculty members from around the province. […]

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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   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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Grievance Dispaches

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 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

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 Dispaches

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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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 at 50

Colleges 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. www.collegefaculty.org

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Twitter Day of Action March 3 for Contract Faculty

Twitter Day of Action March 3 for Contract Faculty

Tweet, Post, Comment, ReTweet #Fairness4CF On March 3, faculty, students, staff, and concerned citizens from across Ontario will engage in a day of action on Twitter to raise awareness about the need for fairness for contract faculty. Throughout the day, university and college community members will be invited to send their Boards of Governors or […]

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Contract Dispaches

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: 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

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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Pension for Contract Faculty

OPSEU members in either CAAT Academic or CAAT Support who are not employed on a regular full-time basis can now join the CAAT Pension Plan when they are hired, or at any time following their date of hire. Joining the CAAT Pension Plan can help you build a stable, predictable retirement income while you work. […]

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Workload Dispaches

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?

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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Check that SWF!

New terms are often full of surprises — moreso now that we have i3 and some strange college policies to contend with. Faculty are already reporting unusually large class sizes, and uncertainty about how many students they’ll have come first day of classes on Tuesday, January 12. If you have significantly more students than was […]

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Notification of Workload by Email

It has come to our attention that Mona Nouroozifar is planning to implement a new system of informing Full-Time faculty of their Winter Semester workloads. This letter is designed to inform you of your rights under the Collective Agreement concerning workload assignment. We have been told that Mona proposes to inform faculty of tentative course […]

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College Dispaches

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  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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CAAT Faculty Support CFS Day of Action on Tuition

https://opseu.org/news/college-faculty-back-students-fight-quality-accessible-education Excerpt: Ontario college faculty represented by the Ontario Public Service Employees Union (OPSEU) are throwing their support behind today’s Canadian Federation of Students (CFS) National Day of Action, which aims to keep colleges and universities public and accessible to all. “Faculty are deeply worried about the quality of education in the face of funding […]

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