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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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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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Using technology in a way that strengthens learning

Using technology in a way that strengthens learning

| 30/08/2017 | 0 Comments

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.

| 19/06/2017

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

| 19/06/2017

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

| 19/06/2017

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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Faculty Member Facing HRTO Complaint over Accommodations

Faculty Member Facing HRTO Complaint over Accommodations

| 19/06/2017

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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The Stakes of This Round of Bargaining: $20/hour Teachers Proposed at Mohawk College

| 19/06/2017

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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College Denies that Accommodating Special Needs Students Requires Additional SWF Time

| 18/06/2017

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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Drop-In SWF Clinic — 4 Campuses Next Week!

Drop-In SWF Clinic — 4 Campuses Next Week!

| 21/05/2017

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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Colleges: Priorities at 50

Colleges: Priorities at 50

| 01/05/2017

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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Pension for Contract Faculty

| 17/01/2017

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. […]

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Attend a Drop-In SWF Clinic at Your Campus

Attend a Drop-In SWF Clinic at Your Campus

| 04/11/2016

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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