Official Website for OPSEU Local 415

Local 415 Demand Setting Meeting

Please join us Thursday, February 4 from 4 to 6 p.m. for our Local 415 Demand Setting Meeting. This meeting is a critical opportunity for you to have your voice heard as we set priorities for the 2021 round of collective bargaining. There are some key steps to this process:

  • Please be sure you have completed the General Membership Bargaining Survey that was e-mailed to you last week. The deadline for completion of that survey was extended to 5 p.m. on Tuesday, January 26.
  • Please review your e-mail for this COMMS message. It will include a link for you to follow and sign up for the Local Demand Setting meeting. That e-mail includes a copy of the agenda and an opportunity to register with a non-college e-mail address. Please register by 2 p.m. on Thursday, February 4.
  • If you require an accommodation to fully participate in this meeting, please contact us to advise of any specific requirements.  

The panel for the meeting will consist of the following people:

  • Annette Bouzi, President – Local 415
  • Rebecca Ward, President – Local 732 (Confederation College) & 2021 CAAT-A Bargaining Team member
  • Shawn Pentecost, Treasurer – Local 415 & 2021 CAAT-A Bargaining Team member
  • Tracy Henderson, Local 415 Steward & CAAT-A Divisional Executive Representative
  • Martin Lee, Local 415 Steward & CAAT-A Bargaining Advisory Team Representative
  • Judy Puritt, Secretary – Local 415
  • Laura Rashotte, Office Administrator – Local 415

We hope to see you there. Remember – our voice is our vote!

In solidarity,
OPSEU Local 415

Partial Load W’21 Welcome

Happy New Year and Welcome to Winter 2021! In case you are new Partial-Load (PL), please let me introduce myself, Martin Lee, as your Partial-Load Liaison steward. I can be reached via COMMS@locallines.org

Contract Faculty felt the weight of 2020 in very particular ways: we heard you. This year, as we enter bargaining, we need to hear from each one of you and remain connected. At Algonquin College, PL faculty make up a full third of our Local 415 membership, and your issues are extremely important to us. Precarious work remains a focus of our advocacy. For example, during the last round of bargaining (2017), the PL Registry was created. In this round, we’re now in a position to work on strengthening that Registry.

How can you get involved? First, make sure your voice has been heard via the bargaining survey. If you missed last week’s email about the survey, you can request a new link via the COMMS@locallines.org e-mail until 5 p.m. on Tuesday, January 26.

Local 415 is scheduling a session to discus bargaining on February 4 at 4 PM. You will receive an email with more details of this in the coming days.

What is happening province-wide? There is a provincial PL meeting, scheduled for 6 p.m. on Tuesday, January 26. Please attend and stay informed.

You will get an update on the process of bargaining, you will hear about PL organizing efforts, and you will be introduced to the PL Bargaining Advisory Committee (BAC). You will also be able to ask questions and raise concerns during that meeting.

Topic: Partial Load Provincial Open House

Time: Jan 26, 2021 06:00 PM Montreal (Zoom-link was sent to your e-mail. If you did not receive an e-mail or link, please contact COMMS@locallines.org)

Please try to enjoy the semester, despite COVID. Stay warm, and keep in touch.

Yours,
Martin Lee
OPSEU 415 PL Liaison Steward

General Membership Survey of Bargaining Priorities

To inform the process of Local Demand-Setting for the next round of bargaining, you are asked to complete the following survey by 5 p.m. on Tuesday, January 26, 2021

This survey is your first chance to communicate your bargaining priorities directly to your Local and the Bargaining Team. It includes many opportunities to provide detailed feedback. Academic employees at all 24 colleges are involved in this demand-setting process that will shape the upcoming round of Collective Agreement bargaining this summer.

Please check your e-mail for a link to the survey.

The survey covers issues relevant to professors, instructors, librarians, and counsellors – including both full-time and partial-load.

Part-time and sessional faculty are also invited to complete this survey as well, since you could easily be hired into partial-load contracts by the time bargaining is underway.

Please do not distribute this link to others. If you know of any of our faculty colleagues who have not received this link, please invite them to contact the Local in order to receive a link.

Finally, beyond this electronic survey, our Local will be hosting a Demand-Setting meeting via Zoom on Thursday, February 4 at 4:00 PM. This will be your opportunity to hear from Local leadership directly and participate actively in further setting and prioritizing our Local demands. Expect to see more information on this soon – we hope to see you there.

In solidarity,

OPSEU Local 415

Winter Message

Dear Colleagues,

As 2020 draws to a close, I wanted to acknowledge this historic year – we’ve all been tested in ways that would have been hard to imagine before March. Thank you to our hardworking members for all you have done to maintain quality education and compassion during these trying months. As ever, Local 415 has remained hard at work, challenging the college to do better, supporting individual faculty members through a range of issues, and continuing to be active at the provincial level.

The year end also gives us time to reflect. You’ll be pleased to know that we have accomplished a lot as a local union in 2020 – from enhanced rights for our partial-load members, gains through dispute resolution processes outside of grievances, and ensuring adherence to our Collective Agreement rights. We will build on that momentum for 2021 – a bargaining year.

Finally, rest assured that your Local remains in regular contact with the College on all matters, including the recently announced provincial lockdown. You will receive updates as appropriate. 

Wishing you the peace of the season and a most restful winter break.

In solidarity,

Annette Bouzi (she/her)
President, OPSEU Local 415

December 2020 Local Lines

Jordan Berard, Editor of the Local Lines newsletter, invites you to review the final 2020 issue.

Bargaining 2021 Bulletin #1

Please see the attached message from our 2021 Bargaining Team.

English bulletin – December 2020

French bulletin – December 2020

In solidarity,
OPSEU Local 415

Seeking 8 Partial-Load BAC Members

On behalf of the Bargaining Team, the Divisional Executive (DivEx) is inviting Partial-Load members to submit applications for a position on the Bargaining Advisory Committee (BAC). We are looking to fill 8 Partial-Load member positions on the committee. These individuals will sit alongside 24 local delegates (1 delegate from each local) to collectively form the BAC.

You can find a PDF here that summarizes the role, expectations, and general structure of the BAC in relation to bargaining. Please review this PDF prior to submitting an application. If you have other questions relating to the committee or role of its participants, please contact the DivEx at divexcaata@gmail.com.

Application Details:

  1. Application documents:
    1. Completed questionnaire (see file here)
    2. CV (.docx or .pdf)
    3. A statement of interest expressing why you want to be a part of the BAC and what skills or attributes you would bring to the group (300 words max) – you may submit it as a video, audio, or written statement (.docx or .pdf). Please send completed applications to divexcaata@gmail.com.
  1. Deadline for application: Friday December 11, 2020.
  2. Selection Process: The DivEx will review all submissions and select members with consideration towards equity, background, diversity, experience, college size, and regional representation. Successful candidates will be notified by early January, 2021.  

Please share widely with your Partial-Load members.

In solidarity,

RM, Martin, Tracy, JP, Pearline
CAAT-A Divisional Executive

SWF Workload Reminders

If you are teaching a traditional semester, SWFs are due this Friday, by end of day on November 20.

Please note that although the College continues to use its SWF adaptation formula to provide time for “COVID-19 Adaptation and Planning”, the Local has never endorsed this approach. In discussions with your manager about your workload, we encourage you to identify and request the number of hours you deem appropriate to complete the continuing adaptation of your courses under Complimentary Functions. The College has stated that there is no “one size fits all” approach. Therefore, if the hours presented by your Chair do not appear adequate, we encourage you to raise this point. Even if you have already returned your SWF, you can raise this point and ask that it be revised.

Remember, if you have SWF questions, send them to COMMS@localllines.org and a steward will respond promptly. We are here to answer workload questions and support you in your understanding.

In solidarity,

Your Local 415 Workload Monitoring Group
Judy Puritt
Annette Bouzi
Enrico DeFrancesco
Scott Fewer

Partial-Load Registry Closes Today

Please remember that the Partial-Load Registry closes today. If you have not already done so, please register your interest on the registry immediately. In order to be eligible for priority hiring in the 2021 calendar year, you must be registered. You can find the link here.

Also, our Local’s Partial-Load Hardship Fund still has monies available for those members in need. The application form is here.

If you have questions about your rights as a Partial-Load member please reach out. We remain available for virtual meetings or phone consultations at COMMS@locallines.org or (613) 727-4723 ext. 7716.

In solidarity,

Martin Lee (he/him)
Local 415 Steward | Partial-Load Liaison

Full-Time and Partial-Load Faculty 2.0% Salary/Hourly Rate Increase

This message is just a quick reminder about the 2017 strike settlement that October 1 marked the date that the negotiated 2% pay increases came into effect for Full-Time and Partial-Load Faculty. As a note, this is the final automatic increase before we enter negotiations in 2021.

We encourage you to check Workday to ensure you are being paid correctly. To check about your correct level of compensation in Workday, follow these steps:

  1. Log into Workday
  2. Select Personal Information in the Applications window
  3. Scroll down and select About Me in the View window (your name and employment status should now appear)
  4. Select Compensation, which will show your Total Base Pay, your Step Level, and the date you were hired
  5. Review your total Base Pay to ensure it matches the Salary/Hourly Rate schedule applicable to your Step Level in the Collective Agreement (CA).

To find your appropriate Salary/Hourly Rate in our Collective Agreement, please review the list below:

  • Salary Schedules for Full-Time Professors, Counsellors and Librarians
    • Art 14.03 A 1 (a), page (27)
  • Salary Schedules for Full-Time Instructors
    • 14.03 A 2 (c), page (29)
  • Post-Secondary Partial-Load Professor Hourly Rate
    • Art 26.04, page (51)
  • Non-Post-Secondary Partial-Load Professor Hourly Rate
    • Art 26.04, page (52)
  • Post-Secondary Partial-Load Instructors
    • Art 26.04, page (53)
  • Non-Post-Secondary Partial-Load Instructors
    • Art 26.04, page (53)

If you are not receiving the correct pay, please contact the local for assistance at comms@locallines.org

In solidarity,

Annette Bouzi, President
David Haley, First Vice-President
Enrico DeFrancesco, Second Vice-President
Shawn Pentecost, Treasurer
Judy Puritt, Secretary

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