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Drop-In SWF Clinic — 4 Campuses Next Week!

| May 21, 2017 | 0 Comments

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 Full-Time faculty teaching in May-June, Fall SWFs are due on Tuesday, May 23rd.

Next week, Union members of the Workload Monitoring Group will be travelling to four different campuses, to help look at SWFs, and answer any questions that you may have.

  • S@Y: Tuesday May 23rd, 10:00-1:00, Room S1200
  • Newnham: Wednesday May 24th,10:30-1:30, Room A3006
  • Markham: Thursday May 25th, 12:00-3:00, Room M1000
  • King: Friday May 26th, 10:30-1:30, Boardroom B

We invite you to drop in at any time. Bring a SWF if you can – past SWFs are fine, too! Come and learn how your workload is measured, and how you can meet your responsibilities to your students, by ensuring that you are being credited with sufficient time to teach them well.

P.S. Please mention this event to your FT colleagues – feel free to show up in groups! If they haven’t heard about the clinic, please encourage them to sign up for Union announcements using a non-Seneca e-mail address on the home page of this website.

Colleges at 50

| May 1, 2017 | 0 Comments

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.

Family Movie Day – April 8, 2017

| March 30, 2017 | 0 Comments

Celebrate Spring with Family Movie Day
Saturday, April 8, 2017 – 1 p.m. to 3 p.m.
Fox Theatre

2236 Queen Street East (The Beaches)


Paid for by your union, OPSEU Local 560 (

Kung Fu Panda 3

  • Come watch Po, a Giant Panda and master of Kung Fu, learn how to teach his new family of Pandas the art of Kung Fu so they can defend their secret village and re-learn the power of Chi.
  • Bring your partner, spouse, children, grandchildren, nieces, nephews, and yourself!
  • Admission, popcorn and drinks covered by Local 560.
  • Rated PG. For information about the content, click here. (The villain may be intimidating for very young children.)
  • Sign up form. All faculty families welcome: full time, partial load, part time and sessional.

Note: Parents and/or their adult guardian(s) are responsible for the safety, care and supervision of the children they bring to this event. 

If you have any questions contact us by email or phone as usual. We look forward to seeing you!

Phone: 416-495-1599 Email:

Twitter Day of Action March 3 for Contract Faculty

| February 27, 2017 | 0 Comments

Tweet, Post, Comment, ReTweet #Fairness4CF

On March 3, faculty, students, staff, and concerned citizens from across Ontario will engage in a day of action on Twitter to raise awareness about the need for fairness for contract faculty.

Throughout the day, university and college community members will be invited to send their Boards of Governors or College Employer Council a message about their priorities for the institution, including improving contract faculty working conditions and the quality of education offered to students.

Ontario college faculty and supporters should send your messages to the College Employer Council and its chair, Linda Franklin and Minister of Advanced Education for the Ontario government, Deb Matthews:


For Seneca, tweet @SenecaPresident

The hashtag to use is: #Fairness4CF

Sample messages:

#Fairness4CF Fairness for contract faculty means equal access to benefits.
It’s time for respect! @CollegesOntario

#Fairness4CF Faculty working conditions are students learning conditions.

#Fairness4CF Contract faculty deserve equal pay for work of equal value, job security, and access to benefits.@Deb_Matthews

You can also post these messages on your Facebook and/or post to Contract Faculty Forward Facebook:

Our contract faculty colleagues need your support. Tell the Council and the Ministry that part time faculty deserve fair treatment.

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 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)

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.


  • 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:

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:

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 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:


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:

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


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.