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Tuition cuts come with steep cost for students and education: OPSEU


January 17, 2019

Tuition cuts come with steep cost for students and education: OPSEU

TORONTO – OPSEU President Warren (Smokey) Thomas says Premier Doug Ford’s 10 per cent cut to college and university tuition fees is a recipe for disaster and is a full frontal attack on democracy.

“Today was really about cuts to funding for Ontario post-secondary institutions. That’s bad news for Ontario colleges and universities, and bad news for students,” said Thomas. “Ford is giving you a little extra cash, and then screwing you over.”

“Colleges and universities are getting cut to the bone. Student debt will not go down. Access to education will not improve. There are no winners today,” said Thomas.

“Ford just slammed the door on low income families who want to send their kids to college. 10 per cent tuition cuts across the board does nothing to level the playing field and make education more accessible.”

Thomas noted that Ford cancelled the College Task Force, which would have provided the consultation and advice to make better decisions. Ford also bypassed the legislature committee, which is travelling the province to hear from Ontarians about what they want to see in Ford’s first budget.

“Ford’s announcements on education and further restructuring health care this week have short circuited the committee’s work and turned it into a total sham,” Thomas said.  “The Premier is making a mockery of democracy.

“I’m especially worried about what this means for our northern communities,” said Kella Loschiavo, Chair of OPSEU’s Universities Sector. “Limiting access to tuition grants and cutting services will hit those students hard.”

RM Kennedy, OPSEU College Faculty Executive Chair, said the Ford government’s decision will be a disaster for the quality of Ontario’s education system, which already has the lowest per student funding in Canada. “They have just blasted a hole in the operating budgets of the colleges and universities. That means more precarious work, less services, and a further assault on the quality of education offered to our students.”

“Ford is coming after student services,” said OPSEU Support Staff Division Chair, Janice Hagan. “By making student fees optional, he is effectively cutting student events and activities, student newspapers and radio, all those things that make campus life great. Those are exactly the things that keep students in school.

“Student fees also fund peer support services that provide tutoring and mental health supports, and which provide jobs to so many students. The government just made everyone’s college years worse,” said Hagan.

OPSEU represents approximately 50,000 public post-secondary education workers across the province. This includes college faculty, full-time and part-time support staff, and university staff and faculty.

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For more information:
Warren (Smokey) Thomas, OPSEU President, 613-329-1931
RM Kennedy, OPSEU College Faculty Division Chair, 416-346-8382
Janice Hagan, OPSEU College Support Division Chair, 416-540-9642


OPSEU Local 415 2nd VP Election 13 February 2019

Sisters and brothers,

Local 415 will be conducting an election for the 2nd Vice Presidents position. As you may recall the local held a by-election on December 5th, however I was unable to determine a successful candidate in the election due to inaccuracies on the voters list provided to the Union by the Employer. Due to this unfortunate event, the local will be conducting another election on February 13th, 2019.

In order to prevent the same issue of inaccurate lists I will be confirming members who are partial load or who are unsure of their status at the polling station. If you are partial load or believe you are partial load at the time of the vote in order to confirm you are in good standing with the local, you will be required to provide your pay statement to show Union dues deductions as well as hours worked. Your pay statement will need to show your name and employee number as well. If you wish to blackout other areas, you may. If you are partial load or believe you are partial load and you do not provide a pay statement, I will have to segregate your ballot and then confirm your status afterwards which may take days or weeks.

The process will be as usual for all other members who require to be a signed member of the Union in order to vote. If you have not signed a union membership card you can do so at the polling station.

The two candidates for the election are:

  • Annette Bouzi
  • Tracy Henderson

The by-election will be held as follows on Wednesday February 13, 2019:

– Ottawa Campus: Union Faculty Office, C215B, from 8:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

– Pembroke Campus: Room 216, from 8:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. and Room 334 from 1 p.m. to 3 pm.

– Perth Campus: Room 101, from 8:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

All full-time and partial-load faculty who are members of the union are eligible to vote.

In solidarity

Nelson Ross Laguna
OPSEU Region 4 Rep and
Electoral Officer for Local 415

Local Lines 2019 Calendar

Good day!

Attached are two version of Local Lines 2019 Calendar.

If you would like to print a wall/binder copy of the calendar, download and print  Local Lines 2019 Calendar – Wall or Binder.pdf

If you would like to print a booklet form of the calendar, download and print Local Lines 2019 Calendar – Booklet.pdf

Note that in order to print the latter version, you must have a duplex printer (a printer that prints on both sides of the paper) and set it as follows: a. Print on both sides of paper and b.  Flip on short edge. Once printed, fold the pages to form a booklet and staple as applicable.

Paper copies of the 2019 Local Lines calendar (flip-stand style) are also available in limited quantities in the union office, C215b

The Adobe versions  is placed on the Calendar page


OPSEU Local 415 Communications Officer


Erroneous data in Workday

It has come to the attention of the local that some faculty’s data has been erroneously transferred from the older HRIS system to the new Workday system. For example, one faculty member had 720 days of sick leave in HRIS, while it was recorded as 720 hours in Workday.

If you are in a similar situation, I would encourage you to contact the local for further direction.


Pat Kennedy, President

OPSEU Local 415

UPDATE – Obtaining Annual Leave and Sick Leave Balances prior to Workday going live on 7 Jan 2019

The local has been advised by Human Resources (HR) that they have printed out a leave statement for each academic employee.

They are available for pickup at the HR  front desk on the fourth floor of C Building.

Pembroke and Perth Faculty can email for a scanned copy of their leave statement.

David Haley, 1st VP

OPSEU Local 415

Obtaining Annual Leave and Sick Leave Balances prior to Workday going live on 7 Jan 2019.

The local recommends that all full-time faculty should email their manager to request a copy of their Annual Leave and Sick Leave Balances prior to Workday going live on 7 Jan 2019 to confirm that those figures are correct.


OPSEU Local 415 Communications Officer


Press release on free speech policy

Please find attached the press release and open letter that went out this afternoon to Colleges Ontario and Minister Fullerton regarding the exclusion of faculty from the development of the free speech policy.

Our understanding is that all the colleges are planning to post the centrally-developed policy simultaneously on their websites on Monday, December 17, and it will likely be very problematic. When we see the actual final policy, we will post further response.

The fact that the colleges believe that it is acceptable to develop a free speech policy without any academic representation only highlights the urgent need to achieve collegial – or shared – governance provincially.

OPSEU Free Speech Policy Letter December 12, 2018

OPSEU Colleges News Release  December 12, 2018


In solidarity,


RM Kennedy

for the CAAT-A DivEx


Local 415 Supporting Students during Exams on Wed., Dec. 12 – Donations welcome

Hello all,

On Wednesday, Dec. 12 from 10-2 in the J-link, Local 415 will again support students during the exam period by providing snacks. The Local has purchased some snacks, but invites members interested in supporting this initiative to drop your donations in C215b Tuesday between 8am – 4pm or Wednesday between 8am – 10am.

This is the second time Local 415 is hosting a snack table in the J-link for students to grab a snack between exams. We will happily accept pre-packaged items such as washed fruits, breakfast bars, cheese snacks, etc.


Thank you for your support!–

OPSEU Local 415


2nd VP by-election

Sisters and Brothers,

I wanted to let everyone know that I have been unable to confirm a successful candidate for the position of 2nd Vice President of your by-election held on December 5th. After a very close result there were some irregularities due to inaccurate membership lists provided by the College. The college has an obligation to provide the local with a verified list which occurred in time for the election, however we found inaccuracies late in the day before the voting closed and that has resulted in an inability to confirm a successful candidate. The issue is that some partial load staff appeared as sessional and some sessional staff appeared as partial load.

I have no choice but to render this election void and to re-run an election in February. I will work with the local to create a new system of verification to ensure the College’s verified list is in fact accurate. I will notify everyone of that new process before the next election.

Thank you to everyone for participating.

Have a happy holiday season and I will see you in 2019.

in Solidarity,

Nelson Ross Laguna


By-Election for Second Vice President – OPSEU Local 415 – CORRECTED COPY – Election is Wed December 5, 2018

An election will be held December 5 2018 for the position of Second Vice President – OPSEU Local 415

The by-election will be held as follows on Wed December 5, 2018:

– Ottawa Campus: Union Faculty Office, C215B, from 8:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

– Pembroke Campus: Room 308, from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

– Perth Campus: Room 115, from 9:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. and 12:00 noon to 3:00 p.m.


All full-time and partial-load faculty who are members of the union are eligible to vote.


The candidates are:

Annette Bouzi

Tracy Henderson

Nelson Ross Laguna

OPSEU Region 4 Rep and

Electoral Officer for Local 415

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