Faculty Deserve A Negotiated Settlement!



The Strike Has Been Ended By Legislation:

  • the previous Collective Agreement remains in effect pending arbitration
  • this includes Article 11 Workload Protections still being in effect

 

 

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

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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Picketing Cancelled on 17/11/17

Picketing Cancelled on 17/11/17

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

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

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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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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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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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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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

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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How Does Precarious Work For Faculty Affect Students?  Research shows…

How Does Precarious Work For Faculty Affect Students? Research shows…

What are the consequences of the colleges’ over-reliance on contract faculty? Harrington and Schibik (2001) found that as first-year students took more courses with contract faculty as opposed to full-time faculty in their first term, the likelihood of them returning for a second term reduced. Eagan and Jaeger (2008) found that the higher the proportion […]

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Opseu Dispatches

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

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

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

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OPSEU Local 560 Mourns Passing of Professor Jordan ANASTASIADE

OPSEU Local 560 Mourns Passing of Professor Jordan ANASTASIADE

Member and colleague, Jordan Victor ANASTASIADE, Professor at Seneca College, School of Computer Science, passed away peacefully at Victoria Hospital in London on Tuesday, October 31, 2017. A loving and beloved husband, brother, and uncle, Jordan had a complex and unique personality that touched, in a gentle but profound way, the lives of those who […]

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Member Blogs

Member Blogs

Check out our member blogs and posts at blogs.opseu560.org

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An update on the Ontario Colleges strike from OPSEU 560 President, Jonathan Singer

An update on the Ontario Colleges strike from OPSEU 560 President, Jonathan Singer

Dear Seneca students and supporters, In light of President David Agnew’s email to students last week, I wanted to take a moment to reach out. As we enter the third week of the college faculty strike, let me start by saying how deeply I regret that we are currently on strike.  Strikes are always incredibly […]

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Misc Dispatches

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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13 Nov.  Forced Vote Update from Jonathan Singer

13 Nov. Forced Vote Update from Jonathan Singer

| 13/11/2017

Some of you may have listened earlier today to a webcast from the College Employer Council. Contrary to claims made during the webcast, the offer before us is one with concessions and will harm faculty. The Employer repeatedly stated throughout the webcast that “union and management teams have agreed to all major items except for […]

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Vote NO and REJECT the Collleges’ Offer

Vote NO and REJECT the Collleges’ Offer

| 10/11/2017

The contract offer put forward by the College Employer Council on November 6 is a bad one for faculty – and the students we teach. It entrenches inequity and takes us backwards on academic freedom. Here’s why all faculty should vote NO: This offer allows the colleges to continue to expand the pool of contract […]

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8 Serious Problems with the CEC’s Forced Vote Offer

8 Serious Problems with the CEC’s Forced Vote Offer

| 10/11/2017

Management’s offer contains serious concessions that would: Allow the Council to avoid applying Bill 148’s equal pay for equal work provisions to partial-load. Gut Article 2 and impair the ability of the union to create more full-time positions. Weaken workload protections to allow for unlimited overtime and unlimited teaching weeks. Allow management to narrow the […]

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College presidents must move off destructive path

College presidents must move off destructive path

| 09/11/2017

The 24 college presidents who are prolonging a strike by 12,000 faculty must “move off the destructive path they are on” and start caring about the well-being of students and the faculty who teach them, the President of the Ontario Public Service Employees Union (OPSEU) says. “Any fair-minded person watching the faculty strike right now […]

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