Bargaining Update from Local 560 President Jonathan Singer

| 20/12/2017

Fellow OPSEU 560 members,

re: Kaplan Award

When the College Employer Council could not break our solidarity, the provincial government legislated us back to work.  On December 20, Arbitrator William Kaplan released an Award that shapes our Collective Agreement for the next four years.

By standing united, we have beaten back the College Employer Council’s concessions. That is no small feat, and I want to commend you all for your part in it.  More than fighting off losses, we also have made gains.

Highlights of the Arbitrator’s Award include:

  • Strengthened seniority language and faster step progressions for Partial-Load faculty;
  • An end to the moratorium on staffing grievances;
  • Further deliberation regarding Bill 148 and equal pay for equal work;
  • An article on Academic Freedom for all faculty, for the first time; and
  • A Provincial Task Force that will examine issues including precarious work, staffing complement, student mental health, and college funding structures.

For five weeks, we marched on picket lines, carried out work from home and office, and supported each other in this collective action.

I must ask that you join me in keeping up the pressure: we must monitor the progress of the Provincial Task Force, and, together, we must ensure that Seneca College follows our new Collective Agreement.

For those who are interested in more detail, please see the Bargaining Team Update and the Arbitrator’s Award.

We have seen some of the power of our united action. Let us continue.

In Solidarity,

Prof. Jonathan Singer,
President, OPSEU 560
Representing Full-Time and Partial-Load Faculty at Seneca College

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Category: Arbitration, CAAT-A, Contract, Contract, OPSEU560

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