Bargaining Dispatches

2017-2021 Collective Agreement

2017-2021 Collective Agreement

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

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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On The Line

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

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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Faculty stand with students

Faculty stand with students

We understand that the last five weeks have been very difficult for you, as they have been for us. Rest assured: we would have preferred to be in class with you. We are glad to be back working with you again. We are committed to your success. We will do what is required to save […]

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Workload Dispatches

Using technology in a way that strengthens learning

Using technology in a way that strengthens learning

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.

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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College Dispatches

Ontario College Part-Time Support Staff Now Unionized

Ontario College Part-Time Support Staff Now Unionized

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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Public colleges should be publicly funded

Public colleges should be publicly funded

Ontario’s public colleges play a crucial role in supporting economic growth and educating students for the jobs of tomorrow. Sadly, however, years of government under-funding have created a situation where Ontario’s public colleges now receive the least per-student funding of any province. This is pushing colleges into questionable ventures with private colleges, corporations, and overseas […]

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Faculty Dispatches

No Temporary Solution: Ontario’s shifting college and university workforce

No Temporary Solution: Ontario’s shifting college and university workforce

Author(s): Erika Shaker, Robin Shaban February 8, 2018 While post-secondary institutions are places of learning, they also employ thousands of people across a broad spectrum of job classifications. This report explores the extent to which workers in Canada’s post-secondary institutions are experiencing precarity.   Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives report

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

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

  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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Opseu Dispatches

OPSEU files charter challenge to defend right to strike

OPSEU files charter challenge to defend right to strike

 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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Bargaining Update from Local 560 President Jonathan Singer

Bargaining Update from Local 560 President Jonathan Singer

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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