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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:


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.

#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:

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

Demand-Setting and Budget Meeting 13 February 2017

| January 30, 2017 | 0 Comments

Location: Dragon Pearl Buffet Restaurant,
865 York Mills Rd #2, North York, ON M3B 1Y6
(just west of Don Mills Rd)

Refreshments at 5:30, meeting begins at 6:00 p.m.

At this meeting, we will be determining the 2017 budget for Local 560. No less importantly, we will be voting on and ranking our priorities as a Local for this summer’s round of Collective Agreement negotiations.


  • Annual Budget
  • Negotiations Team Presentation
  • Demand-Setting
  • Contract Faculty Update and Mobilization discussion

Free parking, child/eldercare reimbursement, refreshments to suit all dietary needs.
All Full-time and Partial-load faculty are invited to attend. We welcome Part-time and Sessional faculty as guests, space permitting.

If you have any questions contact us by email or phone as usual. We look forward to seeing you! Phone: 416-495-1599 Email:

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:


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:

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


General Membership Meeting – Oct 20, 2016

| October 7, 2016 | 0 Comments

Please join us on Thursday, October 20 for a General Membership Meeting.

Where: Dragon Pearl Restaurant – 865 York Mills Rd (Just west of Don Mills Rd)

Time: 5:30 p.m. for dinner, meeting at 6 p.m.


  • Budget Amendment
  • Mobilization
  • Contract Negotiations Update

Free parking, child/eldercare reimbursement, refreshments to suit all dietary needs, and no cost to you!

All full-time and partial-load faculty are invited to attend. Part-time and Sessional faculty are welcome to attend as guests, space permitting.

Notice of Steward Elections April 25-27 2016

| April 17, 2016 | 0 Comments

We will be holding steward elections for full time and partial load faculty, and full time counsellors and librarians. Any member of the bargaining unit who is a union member is entitled to run for office as steward if nominated by another member [no seconder is required].  If you wish to run but cannot be present, you can provide a letter for your nominator that indicates you will stand for office if nominated.

Please see the schedule set out below for the time, date and place of meetings for the election of stewards for Local 560. We will update the blank spots as information is confirmed.

Date Campus Work area Time Room Officer
April 19 Yorkgate/Vaughan All faculty  4 pm
TBA Jane All faculty
April 26 S@Y SELS/LAT/A&S 12:00 S2172 Singer
April 26 S@Y SCA/Media 12:15 S2172 Singer
April 26 S@Y BioSci 12:30 S2172 Singer
April 26 S@Y Computer Studies/ICT 12:45 S2172 Singer
April 26 S@Y SSW 1:00 S2172 Singer
April 26 NH FOB incl SELS Noon A2534 Olivo`
April 26 NH Technology 12:30 A4050 Olivo
April NH Fashion /Cosm 12:40 A2534 Burtch
TBA NH Counselling/Library 1 pm A2534 Olivo
April 25 King All faculty 1pm Law lodge Agnew
TBA Markham All faculty Olivo
April 27 Peterborough All faculty/aviation 12:45 Pboro airport Singer

If you have any questions contact Larry Olivo at

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.


Contract Faculty Day of Action Feb 11

| February 10, 2016 | 0 Comments

fairness 4 cfOn every college and university campus, contract faculty, full-time faculty members and students will stand together with signs and leaflets supporting fairness for contract faculty at a location that is symbolic for your campus.

The goal: 1) Visible support on your campus for contract faculty on February 11. 2) A photo record of your action to put together with photos from other college/universities to show our collective strength.

Why: Contract faculty are teaching a growing number of students across the province. At colleges and universities, our issues are the same: Contract faculty are struggling to make a living, with few benefits and little job security. It’s not fair.

It is time for action! It is time to stand together!

ON February 11, 2016 (or even before or after the 11th)

Please send a photo with a message of support for contract faculty.


Get a large piece of paper and a marker


A) Write a support message on the paper. Examples:

‘I Support Good Jobs for Contract Faculty’

‘Equal Pay for Equal Work’

‘Faculty Working Conditions = Students Learning Conditions’

‘It’s tough to put ‘students first’ if you put faculty last’

B) Identify your college or city, and, if you are comfortable, yourself: faculty, student, supporter.

fairnesspeopleSTEP THREE

Take your photo and share it

Twitter: #Fairness4CF


Website: send to

Press Conference: In Toronto at noon, with international and local speakers on fairness for contract faculty highlighting that across the province, we are taking action together.

Check that SWF!

| January 10, 2016 | 0 Comments

New terms are often full of surprises — moreso now that we have i3 and some strange college policies to contend with. Faculty are already reporting unusually large class sizes, and uncertainty about how many students they’ll have come first day of classes on Tuesday, January 12.

If you have significantly more students than was estimated on your SWF, or there are other things that don’t jive with what you expected regarding your workload or teaching responsibilities this term, consult with your Chair about these changes, and request an adjusted SWF with updated figures. You may also need additional prep time if large numbers of students in a small classroom requires reworking the way the course is taught. We ask you to make these requests for changes to your Chair, and copy so we can be sure workload is being adequately captured.

Remember that it’s not just about individual faculty overtime, or ensuring the workload is within the maximums provided for in the collective agreement; it’s about getting an accurate picture of the work being done by faculty at the college. This could mean additional jobs for faculty, or the conversion of a part-time position to partial-load.

As we saw last term, there may be changes to your timetable and classes well into week 3, so be prepared for anything. And if it bugs you, let us know.