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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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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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8 Serious Problems with the CEC’s Forced Vote Offer

8 Serious Problems with the CEC’s Forced Vote Offer

| 10/11/2017

Management’s offer contains serious concessions that would: Allow the Council to avoid applying Bill 148’s equal pay for equal work provisions to partial-load. Gut Article 2 and impair the ability of the union to create more full-time positions. Weaken workload protections to allow for unlimited overtime and unlimited teaching weeks. Allow management to narrow the […]

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We Need Clarity

We Need Clarity

| 27/10/2017 | 0 Comments

Dear Local 560 Members, I’m told that David Agnew e-mailed copies of the College Employer Council’s latest communique to all striking Seneca faculty. I’d like to take a moment to respond to it, providing some significant context for its claims.  Since the Employer’s position is virtually unchanged since August, it’s unsurprising that the latest message […]

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GTA Solidarity Rally Wednesday 25 October 2017

GTA Solidarity Rally Wednesday 25 October 2017

| 23/10/2017 | 0 Comments

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Thursday Rally – 19 October 2017

Thursday Rally – 19 October 2017

| 17/10/2017 | 0 Comments

  THURSDAY: all members go to York Campus ☑ YORK CAMPUS SOLIDARITY RALLY ☑ SUPPORT STRIKING ONTARIO COLLEGE FACULTY ☑ THURSDAY 19 October, 12:00-2:00 pm York University, Keele Campus   All other picket lines are suspended on Thursday. Local 560 Members: meet at S@Y picket line ( 70 The Pond Road ) around 11:00 am […]

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Call Your MPP

Call Your MPP

| 15/09/2017 | 0 Comments

It’s time to increase the pressure Yesterday’s strike vote sent a clear message to the College Employer Council that they need to address faculty issues. Across the province, 68 per cent of college faculty who cast ballots voted to entrust their bargaining team with the power to call a strike if necessary. Going on strike […]

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Two visions for a system in crisis; which one do you want?

Two visions for a system in crisis; which one do you want?

| 25/08/2017 | 0 Comments

Which college system do you want? In early August, after college management refused to deal with any of the core issues raised by faculty, our bargaining team called for a strike vote in September. That vote has been scheduled for September 14, and will give faculty the opportunity to vote “YES” and send a clear […]

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Letter from a Partial Load Professor

Letter from a Partial Load Professor

| 15/08/2017 | 0 Comments

Dear CAAT-A faculty members: I know that many of you have waited quite some time for an increase in your salaries. After the proposal by the College Presidents this past winter to the Minister of Advanced Education and Skills Development requesting a hefty increase to their salaries, I know that many of you deserve an […]

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Employer Proposal Flawed, Unacceptable; Has Serious Negative Implications.

Employer Proposal Flawed, Unacceptable; Has Serious Negative Implications.

| 08/08/2017 | 0 Comments

Dear Members: You may have received a communication from your employer indicating that a settlement proposal was brought by the Employer to the Bargaining Team last week. The Team followed our consultation process in sharing the proposal confidentially with the Presidents of all 24 Union Locals as well as the Bargaining Advisory Committee (BAC), which is comprised of […]

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Without fairness, there can be no deal

Without fairness, there can be no deal

| 03/08/2017

Negotiations Bulletin, Issue 5 Fifty years in, our college system has its successes – and its flaws. On the one hand, the system has grown in leaps and bounds, supporting the economic growth of a province that continues to boast one of the strongest economies in the country. On the other, it has failed to […]

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College faculty call for strike vote as management refuses to deal with core issues

| 03/08/2017

Toronto – The Ontario Public Service Employees Union (OPSEU) has asked the Ontario Labour Relations Board (OLRB) to schedule a September strike vote for faculty at Ontario public colleges. The chair of the union bargaining team, JP Hornick, says the vote should come as no surprise to college management, given their refusal to deal with […]

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Contract Faculty Union Vote in October

Contract Faculty Union Vote in October

| 17/07/2017

The Labour Board has decided that the representation vote for part-time and sessional faculty will begin on October 2, 2017. For contract faculty, this will be an incredible opportunity to radically improve their working conditions. OPSEU will be sending an email to contract faculty shortly, informing them of the upcoming vote. OPSEU will be updating […]

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Contract faculty will vote to unionize.

Contract faculty will vote to unionize.

| 27/06/2017

Contract faculty working at all 24 of Ontario’s public colleges will soon have a chance to vote to unionize,  starting October 2 (updated date) The Ontario Public Service Employees Union (OPSEU) filed an application on 23 June 2017 to become the bargaining agent for faculty members who teach part-time and sessionals. Read more here.

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