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Part-Time Office Administrator Needed – Apply by 15 February

| January 31, 2017 | 0 Comments

OPSEU Local 560 is currently looking for an experienced Part-time Office Administrator to join our team in the Scarborough/North York area.  This position is for 30 hours a week, on a fixed-term contract until June 30, 2017.

Compensation commensurate with qualifications, skills, and experience

As an Office Administrator, you would be responsible for the following:

  • Answering and directing phone calls to the Local office
  • Administrative support: filing, responding to emails, completing reports
  • Organizing information, in paper or electronic format
  • Updating electronic databases
  • Ordering office supplies
  • Updating and maintaining the membership list, contacting members as needed
  • Transcription of meetings at different locations, and occasionally at times outside of regular business hours
  • Maintaining a schedule of events, and attending events as needed
  • Preparing material for meetings and ordering catering, as required
  • Occasional research in support of Local activities
  • Executing simple bank transactions for the Local, as needed
  • Other duties as assigned

The ideal candidate must possess the following skills:

  • 3-5 years of administration experience
  • Proficient software skills – Word and Outlook
  • Advanced software skills – Excel (ability to organize data using Excel formulas)
  • 65 wpm keyboarding
  • Excellent communication skills, both verbal and written
  • Ability to organize bulk distribution of materials, including print and electronic
  • Flexibility of scheduling; ability to work independently and take initiative
  • Ability to travel to different sites accessible by TTC and/or YRT public transit
  • Ability to lift up to 25 lbs
  • Strong ability to handle intense periods of high activity
  • Union knowledge or experience an asset
  • Knowledge of academic environments, especially Seneca College, an asset

If you are interested and qualified for this opportunity, please email your resume in confidence to Allison Lougheed at alougheed@appleone.com no later than February 15, 2017.

Demand-Setting and Budget Meeting 13 February 2017

| January 30, 2017 | 0 Comments

Location: Dragon Pearl Buffet Restaurant,
865 York Mills Rd #2, North York, ON M3B 1Y6
(just west of Don Mills Rd)
Directions: https://goo.gl/maps/czHi3r8TwfD2

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

At this meeting, we will be determining the 2017 budget for Local 560. No less importantly, we will be voting on and ranking our priorities as a Local for this summer’s round of Collective Agreement negotiations.

Agenda:

  • Annual Budget
  • Negotiations Team Presentation
  • Demand-Setting
  • Contract Faculty Update and Mobilization discussion

Free parking, child/eldercare reimbursement, refreshments to suit all dietary needs.
All Full-time and Partial-load faculty are invited to attend. We welcome Part-time and Sessional faculty as guests, space permitting.

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

Seneca Executive Compensation Feedback

| January 24, 2017 | 0 Comments

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 of $328,000. Those figures would represent a salary increase of over 19% for the President’s current salary, and an increase of over 25% from the Vice-President Academic’s 2015 salary.

By way of comparison, faculty salaries have increased on average less than 0.75% since 2011.

The Board of Governors has asked you to provide feedback (at the above webpage) on their proposed Executive Compensation guidelines, by 4:00 P.M., on Sunday, January 29. Your elected Local 560 officers urge you to take advantage of this opportunity to communicate your opinion about the most appropriate way to measure and compensate the performance of Senior administrators at Seneca College.

To summarize the Board of Governors’ guidelines (further summaries can be found in the newspaper articles linked below), they propose to base the salaries of Seneca’s President and Vice-Presidents on the median salaries of proposed comparator groups throughout the broader public sector. However, in the proposed Executive Compensation guidelines, the vast majority of comparators appear to earn significantly more than the Seneca senior managers currently earn. For example, the President of Humber College (who earned $36,000 more than Seneca’s President in 2015) is listed as a comparator, while the President of George Brown College (who earned $38,000 less than Seneca’s President) is not.

Other comparators include the senior administrators for such institutions as major hospitals (e.g., the Baycrest Centre for Geriatric Care, with a 2016 President’s Salary of $738,565), the LCBO (2016 President’s salary: $459,178) , and MaRS (2015 CEO Salary: $507,269). A complete list of the proposed comparators can be found on the Executive Compensation Program document, linked to the page above.

According to the proposed guidelines, 20% of the President’s salary, and 15% of the Vice-Presidents’ salary would be “at risk based on annual performance”. The guidelines, however, fail to identify any standards by which these executives’ performance might be measured. We encourage you to communicate to the Board of Governors what you consider to be appropriate metrics to measure the performance of Senior Executives. By way of example, Darryl Bedford of OPSEU Local 110 at Fanshawe College has proposed the following list:

  • Percentage of funding that is spent on student learning
  • Improvement in the student to teacher ratio
  • Improvement in the Non-FT to Full-Time faculty ratio
  • Verified implementation of collegial governance processes and comprehensive academic freedom

Should you want to offer your feedback on Seneca’s Executive Compensation Program, in addition to the articles linked below, you might wish to consider any of the following points:

  • Since 2014, hundreds of contracts for teaching faculty that would previously have been Partial-Load were made Part-Time, depriving those faculty members of work hours and extended health benefits. At the time, Seneca’s President wrote a letter to faculty justifying that decision, citing among other reasons “eroding government support”, “the issue of resources”, and “fiscal restraint at Queen’s Park”.
  • According to Provincial KPI measurements, since 2012, Seneca’s student satisfaction rate has dropped by 3.9%, our graduates are now the least satisfied of any GTA College’s, and the satisfaction rate of their employers has similarly dropped by 2.6%.
  • Following recent cuts to classroom hours, research conducted by Local 560 concluded that Seneca College programs consistently offer fewer classroom hours than the minimums published in the Ministry’s Ontario Qualifications Framework.

The Board of Governors notes that “it is important that an executive compensation program is appropriate, accountable and effective”. We agree, and encourage you to share your thoughts at the above webpage, on the issue of how to determine appropriate compensation, and how to ensure the accountability and measure the performance of Seneca’s Senior Executives.

We further further invite you to e-mail a copy of your comments from a non-Seneca e-mail address to union@opseu560.org. We welcome the opportunity to publish some of your comments anonymously, to foster a genuine conversation among the 1,100 members of Local 560, about the value that Seneca College places upon its different employees.

Yours in Solidarity,

Jonathan Singer
President, Local 560

Article Links:

Simona Chiose, “Ontario Colleges Could Increase Executive Pay by More than 50%” (Globe and Mail, Jan 17)

Kristin Rushowy, “College Presidents Could Get Massive Pay Hikes to Match Other Public Sectors” (Toronto Star, Jan. 18)

Mark Regg Cohn, “College Presidents Make a Play to Overpay Themselves” (Toronto Star, Jan. 20)

Faculty Social – 19 February 2017

| January 22, 2017 | 2 Comments
Bier Markt Menu

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All faculty, counselors and librarians welcomed!

February 19, 2017

12pm – 2pm

The Bier Markt
7 O’Neill Road, Toronto, ON, M3C 0H2

Paid for by your union, OPSEU Local 560

Let’s be collegial!

  • Meet your fellow faculty members across all campuses
  • Share teaching experiences from your Schools
  • All faculty welcomed!
  • This is not a meeting: no reports, no votes, no agenda. Let’s just be collegial!
  • Sign up here and advise on any food allergies or intolerances.
  • RSVP by February 10th, 2017
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

 

Pension for Contract Faculty

| January 17, 2017 | 0 Comments

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.

For basic info, see this FAQ document.

Where can I get more information?

You can get detailed information on the CAAT Pension Plan’s website at:

https://www.caatpension.on.ca/en/members/part-time

The website has information on how the pension benefit is calculated, features of the plan, contribution rates and even shows example of contributions and benefits for both faculty and support members.

You can also call the CAAT Pension Plan at (416) 673-9000 or 1-866-350-2228 or email at member@caatpension.on.ca

 

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.