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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, fyee@opseu560.org

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 www.FVAP.gov or www.VotefromAbroad.org  If you would like assistance, Curtis Breslin has received training in U.S. voter registration and can make specific inquiries. Contact him at dr.cbreslin@gmail.com

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 http://www.opseu110.ca/mcdonaldscolleges-ontario/

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.

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 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

Directions: http://tinyurl.com/kogyxpg

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: union@opseu560.org

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.

Member Discounts

| April 28, 2016 | 0 Comments

Member DiscountsDid you know that membership in OPSEU entitles you to receive discounts at various merchants? From car insurance to mobile phones and venue admissions, you can save money by shopping “Team OPSEU”. For a list of current discount offers, see https://opseu.org/information/shop-opseu-enterprises-member-discount-programs or click the Member Discount link in the right hand column below.

Notice of Steward Elections April 25-27 2016

| April 17, 2016 | 0 Comments

We will be holding steward elections for full time and partial load faculty, and full time counsellors and librarians. Any member of the bargaining unit who is a union member is entitled to run for office as steward if nominated by another member [no seconder is required].  If you wish to run but cannot be present, you can provide a letter for your nominator that indicates you will stand for office if nominated.

Please see the schedule set out below for the time, date and place of meetings for the election of stewards for Local 560. We will update the blank spots as information is confirmed.

Date Campus Work area Time Room Officer
April 19 Yorkgate/Vaughan All faculty  4 pm
TBA Jane All faculty
April 26 S@Y SELS/LAT/A&S 12:00 S2172 Singer
April 26 S@Y SCA/Media 12:15 S2172 Singer
April 26 S@Y BioSci 12:30 S2172 Singer
April 26 S@Y Computer Studies/ICT 12:45 S2172 Singer
April 26 S@Y SSW 1:00 S2172 Singer
April 26 NH FOB incl SELS Noon A2534 Olivo`
April 26 NH Technology 12:30 A4050 Olivo
April NH Fashion /Cosm 12:40 A2534 Burtch
TBA NH Counselling/Library 1 pm A2534 Olivo
April 25 King All faculty 1pm Law lodge Agnew
TBA Markham All faculty Olivo
April 27 Peterborough All faculty/aviation 12:45 Pboro airport Singer

If you have any questions contact Larry Olivo at lolivo@opseu560.org.

Benefits You Newsletter

| February 22, 2016 | 0 Comments

beneyouthumbnailThe Joint Insurance Committee has just released the January 2016 version of “Benefits You” with information about your benefits. In particular, it has a couple of answers to questions Partial-Load Faculty may have.