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2017-2021 Collective Agreement

2017-2021 Collective Agreement

| 08/02/2018

CAATA new Collective Agreement is here [the previous CA for reference] The Province-wide Task Force continues to look at staffing models, funding requirements, academic governance structures, intellectual property, et al

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Academic Freedom and Precarious Work in Ontario Colleges

Academic Freedom and Precarious Work in Ontario Colleges

| 08/02/2018

By Jack Wilson, Algonquin College [originally published in the CALL Ontario newsletter]   On September 14, Ontario college faculty provided a strong strike mandate to their bargaining team coincidental with the 50th anniversary of the community college system. Faculty provided an even stronger mandate to the bargaining team on November 16 when they rejected the […]

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The Tremendous Strength of Collective Action, and the Importance of Solidarity – notes from UofM

The Tremendous Strength of Collective Action, and the Importance of Solidarity – notes from UofM

| 01/02/2018

Dear Sisters and Brothers, We are very happy to share our news that the Manitoba Labour Board has rules in favour of UMFA [University of Manitoba Faculty Association] in its Unfair Labour Practice filed against the University of Manitoba in connection with the 3 week strike in 2016. In our 2016 round of negotiations the […]

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OPSEU files charter challenge to defend right to strike

OPSEU files charter challenge to defend right to strike

| 23/01/2018

 The Ontario Public Service Employees Union (OPSEU) filed a charter challenge today regarding the Colleges of Applied Arts and Technology Labour Dispute Resolution Act, also known as Bill 178. The union maintains this Act, which forced an end to the college faculty strike in November 2017, violates the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms. OPSEU […]

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Ontario College Part-Time Support Staff Now Unionized

Ontario College Part-Time Support Staff Now Unionized

| 10/01/2018

Victory for precarious workers:  Thousands of college part-time support staff join OPSEU after mammoth organizing drive   Toronto – The largest union organizing drive in Canadian history has resulted in roughly 20,000 college part-time support staff voting to join the Ontario Public Service Employees Union (OPSEU).   An historic vote count at the Ontario Labour Relations Board […]

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College Faculty: Update from your bargaining team – Issue #3

College Faculty: Update from your bargaining team – Issue #3

| 20/12/2017

  Arbitrator awards union language on academic freedom; previously agreed-to items included in award   Just over a month after the province legislated striking faculty back to work, we have a new collective agreement.   In an award issued Wednesday, December 20, arbitrator William Kaplan set out the terms of a four-year contract that will […]

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Bargaining Update from Local 560 President Jonathan Singer

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 […]

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Kaplan Award Released

Kaplan Award Released

| 20/12/2017

The Kaplan arbitration award, following the return to work legislation that ended the CAAT-A strike in November 2017, has been released.  Read it HERE.

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Arbitration award to be made during week of December 18

Arbitration award to be made during week of December 18

| 17/12/2017

            OPSEU and colleges joint statement: Arbitration award to be made during week of December 18   TORONTO – OPSEU CAAT Academic and the colleges’ bargaining team participated in mediation from December 14 through December 16. Following the mediation, an arbitration took place on Saturday, December 16. The arbitrator’s award […]

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College Faculty: Update from your bargaining team – Issue #2

College Faculty: Update from your bargaining team – Issue #2

| 02/12/2017

  Mediation set for mid-December Arbitrator William Kaplan has set out his schedule for trying to arrive at a new collective agreement for Ontario college faculty through mediation. Beginning December 12, both the College Employer Council and OPSEU will file mediation briefs to give the arbitrator background information on the issues in dispute. Kaplan, an […]

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College Faculty: Update from your bargaining team – Issue #1

College Faculty: Update from your bargaining team – Issue #1

| 24/11/2017

  Solidarity has set us up for success! Strike action is a profound experience of solidarity. I know we will all remember our time on the picket line with colleagues, students, allies and family for the rest of our lives. We know firsthand what it means to take part in a province-wide work action, and […]

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On The Line #6: The social movement continues

On The Line #6: The social movement continues

| 19/11/2017

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

| 16/11/2017

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

| 16/11/2017

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

| 16/11/2017

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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