Faculty and Students Deserved A Negotiated Settlement!



The Strike Was Ended By Legislation, And The Arbitrator’s Award Has Been Made:

  • this could have been accomplished at the bargaining table.  Shame on the CEC!
  • this could have been accomplished without a strike.  Shame on the CEC!

 

 

95% of eligible voters voted
86% faculty voted to REJECT the CEC forced vote offer.
Why do the Colleges (CEC) still refuse to return to the negotiating table?

 

We will continue to seek a resolution that will benefit students and the college system for generations.

 


Bargaining Dispatches

College Faculty: Update from your bargaining team – Issue #3

College Faculty: Update from your bargaining team – Issue #3

  Arbitrator awards union language on academic freedom; previously agreed-to items included in award   Just over a month after the province legislated striking faculty back to work, we have a new collective agreement.   In an award issued Wednesday, December 20, arbitrator William Kaplan set out the terms of a four-year contract that will […]

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Bargaining Update from Local 560 President Jonathan Singer

Bargaining Update from Local 560 President Jonathan Singer

Fellow OPSEU 560 members, re: Kaplan Award When the College Employer Council could not break our solidarity, the provincial government legislated us back to work.  On December 20, Arbitrator William Kaplan released an Award that shapes our Collective Agreement for the next four years. By standing united, we have beaten back the College Employer Council’s […]

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Kaplan Award Released

Kaplan Award Released

The Kaplan arbitration award, following the return to work legislation that ended the CAAT-A strike in November 2017, has been released.  Read it HERE.

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Arbitration award to be made during week of December 18

Arbitration award to be made during week of December 18

            OPSEU and colleges joint statement: Arbitration award to be made during week of December 18   TORONTO – OPSEU CAAT Academic and the colleges’ bargaining team participated in mediation from December 14 through December 16. Following the mediation, an arbitration took place on Saturday, December 16. The arbitrator’s award […]

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On The Line

Faculty stand with students

Faculty stand with students

We understand that the last five weeks have been very difficult for you, as they have been for us. Rest assured: we would have preferred to be in class with you. We are glad to be back working with you again. We are committed to your success. We will do what is required to save […]

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On The Line #6: The social movement continues

On The Line #6: The social movement continues

As you know, the government announced on Thursday that they are legislating college faculty back to work. The union did not agree to back to work legislation, it was imposed by government. College faculty will return to work next week, although we will not know the exact date until back to work legislation passes. We believe they will […]

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Local 613 Has a Few Words for the Goverment When it Comes to Their Students

Local 613 Has a Few Words for the Goverment When it Comes to Their Students

November 17, 2017 Subject: Colleges of Applied Arts and Technology Labour Dispute Resolution Act, 2017 Dear MPP, As faculty at L613, Sault College, we met today to discuss the upcoming Back-to-Work Legislation being debated in the legislature this afternoon. As there were a number of concerns raised that are immediate in nature, we bring them […]

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We REJECT the Forced Offer, Go Back to the Table, but the CEC REFUSES TO NEGOTIATE

We REJECT the Forced Offer, Go Back to the Table, but the CEC REFUSES TO NEGOTIATE

We unequivocally reject the offer. We return to the bargaining table. The CEC still refuses to negotiate a settlement. The Ontario government threatens Back-To-Work legislation. Even if the legislation passes, nothing prevents us from negotiating a new collective agreement, except that the CEC continues to refuse to do so. SHAME on the CEC, and on […]

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Workload Dispatches

Using technology in a way that strengthens learning

Using technology in a way that strengthens learning

Online learning has been a hot topic in recent years. Some have seen it as a panacea in its potential to make post-secondary education accessible to everyone. Others, including some administrators, have seen in it an excellent means to cut costs in a time of government under-funding. As Ontario’s public colleges turn 50, it’s an […]

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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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College Dispatches

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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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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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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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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Faculty Dispatches

Local 556 Responds to George Brown President’s Email

Local 556 Responds to George Brown President’s Email

Anne, In your memo to us this afternoon your suggestion appears to be that we don’t appreciate several key things in this dispute: Our role in our students’ learning, the impact of this strike on students, and the intent of the CEC in bargaining.  I am truly surprised at your underestimation of those of us who […]

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Open Letter to Seneca President David Agnew

Open Letter to Seneca President David Agnew

Dear Mr. Agnew: I would like to remind you, with regard to the recent negotiations, that it was the College Employer Council that walked out, not the Union. And it did so twice. Now, I too was optimistic when the two sides resumed talks a little over a week ago. As usual, however, I was […]

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Flying Picket

Flying Picket

WHEN: Thursday, November 16, 10:00 A.M. LOCATION: 505 University Ave (muster on the sidewalk) Tomorrow morning, at 10:30 A.M., the results of the forced offer vote will be announced. We have been invited to bring 40 of our members to a mini rally in front of the OLRB. Unfortunately, we have been asked to bring […]

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What Your Colleagues Are Saying

What Your Colleagues Are Saying

If you haven’t read the details of the offer set for the vote next week, you owe it to yourself to do so.  You can find copies of both sides’ offer, plus a comparison of the two at the College Faculty website. But this week, you’re not being asked to vote on which offer you […]

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Opseu Dispatches

Ballots cast in 2016 by Part Time Support Staff to finally be counted

Ballots cast in 2016 by Part Time Support Staff to finally be counted

Dear friends,   I’m writing to you today with some great news: our union has won a huge victory on behalf of thousands of part-time support staff working in Ontario’s 24 public colleges.   In a ruling late last week, the Ontario Labour Relations Board (OLRB) announced that the ballots cast by thousands of part-timers […]

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The LOCAL- What Constitutes New Work or Overtime?

The LOCAL- What Constitutes New Work or Overtime?

Read the latest issue of our newsletter THE LOCAL                        

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College Faculty: Update from your bargaining team – Issue #2

College Faculty: Update from your bargaining team – Issue #2

  Mediation set for mid-December Arbitrator William Kaplan has set out his schedule for trying to arrive at a new collective agreement for Ontario college faculty through mediation. Beginning December 12, both the College Employer Council and OPSEU will file mediation briefs to give the arbitrator background information on the issues in dispute. Kaplan, an […]

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College Faculty: Update from your bargaining team – Issue #1

College Faculty: Update from your bargaining team – Issue #1

  Solidarity has set us up for success! Strike action is a profound experience of solidarity. I know we will all remember our time on the picket line with colleagues, students, allies and family for the rest of our lives. We know firsthand what it means to take part in a province-wide work action, and […]

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Misc Dispatches

Picketing Cancelled on 17/11/17

Picketing Cancelled on 17/11/17

| 16/11/2017

Local 560 Picketing has been cancelled for Friday 17/11/17. Members can pick up their personal items from the trailers / picket sites on Friday. All picketers will receive strike pay for Friday.

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Disband College Employer Council

Disband College Employer Council

| 16/11/2017

The Ontario Public Service Employees Union (OPSEU) is calling on Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne to disband the College Employer Council, the “private club” that represents 24 public colleges in collective bargaining. “Today, after college faculty overwhelmingly rejected Council’s latest contract offer, we hoped real negotiations would ensue,” said JP Hornick, chair of the OPSEU college […]

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Back To Work Legislation Pending

Back To Work Legislation Pending

| 16/11/2017

Back to work legislation reportedly to be tabled Friday 17/11. Debate on legislation to continue over the weekend. OPSEU Presient Smokey Thomas predicts faculty will return to work Monday. Friday 17/11 last scheduled day of picketing.

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Faculty REJECT forced vote Offer:  CEC, Negotiate NOW!

Faculty REJECT forced vote Offer: CEC, Negotiate NOW!

| 16/11/2017

College faculty from across the province have voted to REJECT the College Employer Council’s latest offer, an offer which would have damaged academic quality and staffing at Ontario’s colleges, including at Seneca. We hope that the CEC will now be willing to return to the bargaining table, which is what the OPSEU faculty bargaining team […]

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Students and Supporters – 86% Faculty Vote to REJECT Offer

Students and Supporters – 86% Faculty Vote to REJECT Offer

| 16/11/2017

Dear students and supporters – Thousands of college faculty from across the province have voted to reject the College Employer Council’s latest offer, which would have damaged academic quality and staffing at Ontario’s colleges. As a result, unionized faculty members remain on strike at all Ontario public colleges, including at Seneca. I know that a […]

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“Vote To REJECT”- Local 560 Membership Meeting 14 November

“Vote To REJECT”- Local 560 Membership Meeting 14 November

| 14/11/2017

Did you miss the membership meeting? Here is what you missed.

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