Bargaining 2014


These highlights of the Memorandum of Settlement give you a good idea of the entire document.You can read the full Memorandum in this PDF. moshigh_thumbnail
Bargaining Newsletter #8: Strike Vote Date Change!The planned strike authorization vote date of August 28 sent management reeling, prompting them to publish criticism of the date and demand the Ontario Labour Relations Board set a date of their choosing. Instead, the OLRB allowed us to change our date to September 25, with management’s agreement that there would be no imposition of terms and conditions before that date.  bn8_thumbnail
Bargaining Newsletter #7: Job SecurityJob security is a “pressing and vital concern” for all our members. The colleges are trending toward hiring more part-time teachers instead of full-time and partial-load faculty, and out-sourcing academic work to third parties. They claim it’s a cost-cutting measure that provides greater efficiency and flexibility. We know that it erodes the quality of education and devalues our work. Academic work needs to be done by the experts: committed faculty with long-term, secure positions.  bn7_thumbnail
Bargaining Newsletter #6: Faculty WorkloadWorkload issues continue to be at the forefront for all faculty, counselors and librarians. This round of bargaining is attempting to address those issues. No one is asking for a reduced workload. What we want is for the colleges to recognize the amount and type of work we do, and fairly document that work. As corporate project managers know, work must be correctly tracked in order to keep within budget and maintain quality.  bn6_thumbnail
Bargaining Newsletter #5: Partial Load Issue This round of bargaining is notable for the specific attention to issues affecting partial load faculty. Despite what management may communicate, the bargaining team and your union leaders recognize that all partial load issues are as important as any others in this round of negotiations.

Partial load faculty were invited to meet with the bargaining team on June 11, and had a chance not only to express their concerns but understand how their needs for job security and defined workloads are at the forefront of negotiations. Full time faculty are also concerned that their partial load colleagues are being treated fairly. Gains for a few of us will be gains for all. That’s what a union is all about.

Bargaining Newsletter #4: Bargaining DatesThe Union and Management bargaining teams have agreed on dates for face-to-face negotiations. Supported by an experienced OPSEU negotiator, the team will work hard to keep ahead of management tactics, maintain good communications with Local officers and members, and strenuously represent your interests throughout this process.  bn4_thumbnail
Bargaining Newsletter #3: Demands Put ForwardIn a lively demand-setting meeting, delegates put forward demands that capture member needs for the new contract. The bargaining team understands clearly what issues are important to you, and how to express those during negotiations.To stay informed about all aspects of negotiations, ensure you’ve subscribed to our news service by entering your off-campus e-mail address in the box to the right.  bn3_thumbnail
Bargaining Newsletter #2: Survey ResultsIn this second bargaining newsletter, the team shares key results from the province-wide pre-bargaining member survey. You told us emphatically and clearly what you want to see achieved in the next round of negotiations. More than 30% of our bargaining unit completed the survey.During the weekend of March 22-23, delegates will meet to finalize the demands we want to put forward for negotiation.Keep checking this website and the CAAT-A Negotiations Website for updated information on bargaining progress.  bn2_thumbnail
Bargaining Newsletter #1: Survey and Demand-Setting MeetingsThis first bargaining team newsletter includes important information about how to communicate to the Team the changes that you want to see in the next Collective Agreement, including the province-wide pre-bargaining survey, and our upcoming Local Demand-Setting meeting.The Collective Agreement between the faculty union and the Ontario Colleges will expire this August. That Collective Agreement governs almost all aspects of our working conditions (including pay, step increases, workload, health & safety monitoring, and staffing issues).The new Collective Agreement will be negotiated between the Faculty Union and the College management over the coming summer. In preparation, the 24 college Locals’ delegates have elected a Bargaining Team, which includes our own Local President, Jonathan Singer (SELS).Ensure your voice is heard and your needs are considered by completing the Member Survey and by participating at demand setting meetings. We will be successful with YOUR help.– Your Local 560 Officers bn1_thumbnail
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