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Bargaining Dispatches

Thursday Rally – 19 October 2017

Thursday Rally – 19 October 2017

  THURSDAY: all members go to York Campus ☑ YORK CAMPUS SOLIDARITY RALLY ☑ SUPPORT STRIKING ONTARIO COLLEGE FACULTY ☑ THURSDAY 19 October, 12:00-2:00 pm York University, Keele Campus   All other picket lines are suspended on Thursday. Local 560 Members: meet at S@Y picket line ( 70 The Pond Road ) around 11:00 am […]

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Union Bargaining Team Tables Final Settlement Offer to Employer

Union Bargaining Team Tables Final Settlement Offer to Employer

Union’s Offer for Settlement as of 14 October 2017

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College faculty table final offer in a bid to avert strike

College faculty table final offer in a bid to avert strike

Toronto – The union bargaining team for Ontario public college faculty has tabled its final offer to the College Employer Council in a bid to avert a strike at 12:01 a.m. Monday. The union offer is built around three critical proposals to improve education quality for students and treat faculty fairly: a 50:50 ratio of […]

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The path to a fair settlement: faculty table final offer to avert strike

The path to a fair settlement: faculty table final offer to avert strike

Three critical issues remain – 50:50 ratio of full-time to contract faculty; job security for partial-load faculty; and academic freedom.   In a bid to avert a strike, the college faculty bargaining team has tabled its final offer to the College Employer Council. We made substantive changes to our offer in direct response to the Council’s stated concerns about […]

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Colleges publish more misinformation and double-speak

Colleges publish more misinformation and double-speak

With their latest bulletin, the College Employer Council is once again misleading college faculty, students, and the Ontario public. They say their final offer will create full-time positions and increase faculty autonomy. In fact, it will do exactly the opposite. [ continue reading ]  

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College Council Walks Away from the Table

College Council Walks Away from the Table

The faculty bargaining team is committed to staying at the table right up until the strike deadline. Council, however, has walked away from the table, and now claims that their offer was their final offer. By setting a strike deadline, we are giving a clear message to the employer that we expect a fair deal […]

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Faculty Dispatches

Part-Time / Sessional Faculty:<br /> Where You Can Vote to Unionize

Part-Time / Sessional Faculty:
Where You Can Vote to Unionize

Part-Time and Sessional Faculty Vote To Unionize.  Vote “Yes” at: College Campus Date Time Room Seneca Newnham Campus. 1750 Finch Ave E, Toronto Monday, Oct 2nd 12 pm (noon)-4pm and 5:30pm-7:30pm Lobby – Building B (next to Fashion Boutique) Seneca Peterborough Aviation. 925-580 Airport Rd, Peterborough Tuesday, Oct 10th 12:30pm-1:30pm Boardroom, 2nd floor Seneca Newmarket […]

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Get Out The Vote for Part-Time and Sessional Faculty Colleagues

Get Out The Vote for Part-Time and Sessional Faculty Colleagues

From October 2 to 13, part-time and sessional faculty at all 24 public colleges will be voting to join our union at locations across the province. This is an incredible opportunity for our part-time and sessional faculty colleagues to vote for equal pay for equal work, access to benefits, more full-time opportunities, and job security. […]

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PT / SESS Unionization Q&A

PT / SESS Unionization Q&A

Part Time and Sessional — Vote YES to unionize. You are seeing how important it is for FT and PL to be unionized; now it is your turn to be heard.  While you are waiting to vote, check out the Q&A  

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MPP grills Liberals over contract faculty in colleges

MPP grills Liberals over contract faculty in colleges

London West MPP Peggy Sattler put Liberal cabinet ministers on the spot Wednesday when she asked about government plans to help improve job security and bring in “equal pay for equal work” for contract faculty in Ontario’s public colleges. Advanced Education Minister Deb Matthews and Labour Minister Kevin Flynn were noncommittal but thoughtful in their […]

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York University Unions support Ontario College Faculty

York University Unions support Ontario College Faculty

TORONTO, Sept. 20, 2017 /CNW/ – The Cross-Campus Alliance at York University sends its solidarity to the 12,000 members of the Ontario Public Service Employees Union (OPSEU)’s College Academic Division who are currently in bargaining with their employer, College Employer Council.  Over the past two decades, we have witnessed a rise in the number of […]

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Union to MPPs: Support ‘better plan’ for Ontario’s colleges

Union to MPPs: Support ‘better plan’ for Ontario’s colleges

Toronto – Unionized college faculty from across Ontario are at Queen’s Park today to ask MPPs to support their “better plan” for the province’s 24 public colleges. “Ontario’s colleges are at a critical juncture,” said JP Hornick, chair of the college faculty bargaining team for the Ontario Public Service Employees Union (OPSEU). “We are increasingly working […]

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Grievance Dispatches

Faculty Member Facing HRTO Complaint over Accommodations

Faculty Member Facing HRTO Complaint over Accommodations

Faculty Member Facing HRTO Complaint over Accommodations There are none who are more committed to students’ access to quality education than our members. Yet, as a cautionary tale we sadly recount the circumstances that find one of our number answering to a discrimination charge before the Human Rights Tribunal of Ontario (HTRO).  If nothing else, […]

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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

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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Called to Account

Called to Account

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 […]

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Contract 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.

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

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

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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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

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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Drop-In SWF Clinic — 4 Campuses Next Week!

Drop-In SWF Clinic — 4 Campuses Next Week!

Are you working unpaid overtime? Are you being given enough time to meet the grading needs of your courses and students? How much time are you being directed by your manager to spend preparing your classes? Is Seneca College management respecting your work enough to give you the time needed to do it well? For […]

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Workload Dispatches

Colleges: Priorities at 50

Colleges: Priorities at 50

Ontario’s public college system turns 50 this year. As Ontario celebrates that milestone, OPSEU’s College Faculty bargaining team looks at the priorities of college presidents, and proposes a different path, one that invests in students and faculty first.  

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Attend a Drop-In SWF Clinic at Your Campus

Attend a Drop-In SWF Clinic at Your Campus

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 – […]

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Is Seneca College Violating Ministry Standards?

Is Seneca College Violating Ministry Standards?

Seneca students potentially short-changed by over 25% of instructional hours The Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities publishes system-wide program standards for all types of programs at Ontario post-secondary education institutions, indicating amongst other things their required vocational standards, essential employability skills, and general education requirements. The distinctions between standards for various levels of academic […]

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Check that SWF!

New terms are often full of surprises — moreso now that we have i3 and some strange college policies to contend with. Faculty are already reporting unusually large class sizes, and uncertainty about how many students they’ll have come first day of classes on Tuesday, January 12. If you have significantly more students than was […]

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Notification of Workload by Email

Notification of Workload by Email

It has come to our attention that Mona Nouroozifar is planning to implement a new system of informing Full-Time faculty of their Winter Semester workloads. This letter is designed to inform you of your rights under the Collective Agreement concerning workload assignment. We have been told that Mona proposes to inform faculty of tentative course […]

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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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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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Seneca Declines Further in Province Wide Key Performance Indicators

Seneca Declines Further in Province Wide Key Performance Indicators

Seneca Declines Further in Province Wide Key Performance Indicators Seneca finishes last among Ontario Colleges in 3 of 5 published metrics; grad employment rate 5% below GTA college average   Figuring out how well Seneca College is doing is difficult. Last December, for instance, Seneca was (as usual) listed among the top 100 employers in […]

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Diploma Nursing Program Admissions Suspended Pending Regulatory Body Review

Diploma Nursing Program Admissions Suspended Pending Regulatory Body Review

Diploma Nursing Program Admissions Suspended Pending Regulatory Body Review  Review follows decline in program graduates’ performance in national certification exams; program’s future to be determined at June College of Nurses of Ontario council meeting

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Seneca Executive Compensation Feedback

Seneca Executive Compensation Feedback

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 […]

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CAAT Faculty Support CFS Day of Action on Tuition

CAAT Faculty Support CFS Day of Action on Tuition

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 […]

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