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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.
www.collegefaculty.org


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:

@LindaFranklinCO
@CollegesOntario
@ONAdvancedEd
@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.
@LindaFranklinCO

#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: https://www.facebook.com/contractfacultyforward/

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

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: union@opseu560.org

 

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:

https://www.caatpension.on.ca/en/members/part-time

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 member@caatpension.on.ca

 

King Campus Steward Election

| September 23, 2016 | 0 Comments

An election will be held to fill vacant steward positions at King Campus on Thursday, October 6

Location – Boardroom “A” (off the main foyer)

Time – 1:00 to 2:00

All Local 560 members in good standing are eligible to stand for election as steward.

For more information, contact Frank Yee, fyee@opseu560.org

Called to Account

| May 27, 2016 | 0 Comments

When management chooses to attack the union and its representatives rather than do the right thing by its workers, they will ultimately be called to account.

https://opseu.org/news/grievance-board-blasts-jail-management-misconduct

In a stinging rebuke of both their conduct and motives, Herlich raked senior MCSCS management over the coals for their “conspiracy to target the grievor and teach him a lesson.” He singled out North Bay superintendent Lou-Ann Lucier for acting out of “anti-union animus.”

Herlich went on to slam the employer for abusing its own workplace discrimination and harassment policy, which it used to justify its conduct towards Bisaillon.

As a further act of reparation, Herlich ordered the ministry to post a notice in North Bay Jail promising, among other things, not to discourage union membership, interfere with the union’s representatives, or remove union notices. The ministry must also promise to “make Michel Bisaillon and the union whole for the damages they have suffered.”

OPSEU President Warren (Smokey) Thomas said the board’s decision represented a huge win for the rights of working people to be represented by a union and to be protected against employer intimidation.

It is far better for everyone — and a lot less costly — to work collaboratively with the union toward mutual goals.

Retirement Planning Sessions May 16 & 17

| May 4, 2016 | 0 Comments

Three representatives from the CAAT Pension Plan, Mohamed Kaba, Kristin Biefer and John Cappelletti, will be visiting Seneca College to deliver the following presentations for Plan members:

Retirement Planning
Date: Monday, May 16, 2016
Time: 1:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Location: Newnham Campus, Room: A3505, Building A

Date: Tuesday, May 17, 2016
Time: 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Location: Newnham Campus, Room: A3505, Building A

Following each session, the presenters will be available to answer questions participants may have about their pension benefits. We encourage you to attend a session to learn more about your benefits under the Plan.

Member Discounts

| April 28, 2016 | 0 Comments

Member DiscountsDid you know that membership in OPSEU entitles you to receive discounts at various merchants? From car insurance to mobile phones and venue admissions, you can save money by shopping “Team OPSEU”. For a list of current discount offers, see https://opseu.org/information/shop-opseu-enterprises-member-discount-programs or click the Member Discount link in the right hand column below.

Benefits You Newsletter

| February 22, 2016 | 0 Comments

beneyouthumbnailThe Joint Insurance Committee has just released the January 2016 version of “Benefits You” with information about your benefits. In particular, it has a couple of answers to questions Partial-Load Faculty may have.

Fairness for Contract Faculty

| February 11, 2016 | 0 Comments

Contract faculty deserve equal pay for equal work, yet the colleges continue to exploit them by paying as little as possible. Furthermore, our part-time faculty live under a constant threat of losing their positions entirely should they “rock the boat”. These dedicated faculty should be treated with respect and paid accordingly.

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