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Jane Campus Steward Election

| November 14, 2016 | 0 Comments

There will be an election for stewards at Jane Campus:

Where: Jane Campus, 202
When: Wednesday, Nov 30, 2016 at 4:30 p.m.

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 want 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.

 

Attend a Drop-In SWF Clinic at Your Campus

| November 4, 2016 | 0 Comments

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 – 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.   Room S1209
King – Monday Nov 21 – 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. in the Law Lodge
Markham – Tuesday Nov 22 – 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. in Room M1000
Newnham – Wednesday Nov 23 – 1 p.m. to 3 p.m.  in Room B4060

You are invited to drop in with your SWF, or even just with any questions that you may have about how your workload should be calculated correctly on a SWF.

Partial-Load faculty are also encouraged to drop by, to understand why a SWF could be a valuable thing for them to seek in the next round of bargaining.

Even if you’ve already signed your SWF and returned it to your manager, we can help you identify any changes that might nevertheless need to be made, and help you understand the process by which those changes can be made prior to the start of the Winter term.

Meeting with your WMG members can help you to understand:

  • Whether you’re being given credit for all the work you do
  • Whether you’re actually in overtime without realizing it (or being paid for it)
  • Whether you’re doing uncredited work that could be given to a contract faculty colleague
  • What kind of evaluation you’re being directed to do in your classes, and how much time you’re being given to do it
  • Whether your workload formula is being improperly manipulated to fit more students into your classes

Come on by!

CAAT Faculty Support CFS Day of Action on Tuition

| November 2, 2016 | 0 Comments

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 cutbacks and creeping privatization,” said RM Kennedy, chair of OPSEU’s College Academic Division. “We stand with the CFS in highlighting the need for proper government funding. Without it, we see college administrators looking to trim budgets by replacing in-class contact hours with self-directed learning. In other cases, faculty are increasingly marginalized from academic decision-making, with administrators unilaterally deciding how courses should be delivered, and even what grades should be assigned.

“Without academic freedom, and a protected role for faculty in academic decision-making, we are seeing too many decisions made based on what’s best for budgets, rather than what’s best for students.”

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)
Directions: http://goo.gl/maps/czHi3r8TwfD2

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

Agenda:

  • 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, 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/