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Welcome and Congratulations on becoming Full-Time Faculty

Welcome and Congratulations on becoming Full-Time Faculty

Everyone who becomes full-time is automatically a member of the academic bargaining unit and automatically pays Union dues. What isn’t automatic is membership in the Union. That requires a formal application by each new employee. There is no additional fee for joining. More importantly, membership gives you a voice and a vote at all membership meetings and to hold office as a Union Steward.

As such, attached is a Union membership card which I ask you to complete if you are not already a member of the Union, and return to the Union office (C215b) or you can scan and email it to dbrule@locallines.org.

For faculty who are not currently members of the CAAT Pension Plan, or wish to transfer previous service from a pension plan into the CAAT Pension Plan before the next pay increase in October, please contact David Haley 1st VP, who is a CAAT Pension Plan Trustee (dhhaley.opseu415@gmail.com).

I would also like to remind you about scheduling an appointment to have your SWF and initial Salary Calculation completed if you have not already had the opportunity to do so.

Finally, if you require any further information, please drop by the Union Office C215b (Woodroffe) or contact Pat Murphy (Perth) or Shawn Pentecost (Pembroke) or call 7716. The local’s website (www.locallines.org) also contains valuable information that you may find very useful.

Best wishes for a very successful 2019 Fall semester.

Pat Kennedy, President

OPSEU Local 415

Attachment

Contract Faculty Poster

Important: Petition Action to Support Contract Faculty – Please sign and share

We hope this finds you well and ready for the coming year. The Divisional Executive has been working steadily on several issues this summer, but the most pressing is the ongoing fight to protect the gains from our last round of bargaining.

As we all know, we’ve been facing a worsening crisis in post-secondary education with the election of the Ford government. His continued attacks on students and precarious faculty, while deeply unpopular, are continuing. The gains we made ensuring equal pay for equal work and paid sick days for our contract faculty have been rolled back via Bill 47, and some colleges are rescinding the modest gains that took contract faculty wages up to the rate of their partial load colleagues’ wages.

Most disturbing is that the College Employer Council (CEC) is using all means available to block the contract faculty vote to unionize from being counted, including spending impossible sums of money querying every single ballot in order to delay and stall the process. If we cannot move this organizing drive forward, our next round of bargaining becomes that much harder for FT and PL faculty.

We need your help right now to push back. If we have learned nothing else this past year, it’s that the Ford government caves to public pressure.

OPSEU, together with our allies in 15 & Fairness, has launched the following electronic petition which will be delivered to the College Employer Council, and the Presidents and Board of Governors at all the Colleges. A message will go to all members from OPSEU centrally later today.

PETITION LINK

ENGLISH:https://www.15andfairness.org/fairness_for_contract_faculty

FRENCH:  www.15andfairness.org/equite_colleges

In solidarity,

The CAAT-A DivEx 

RM, Martin, Heather, JP, Pearline

OPSEU Local 415 Membership Event

Local 415’s LEC (Local Executive Committee) invite you to come ring in the new school year!

Thursday, August 29, 2019

2:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Patio of CHANCES R (1365 Woodroffe Ave, College Square)

Come have some finger food and a beverage with us to kick off the 2019-2020 year

and welcome our new Full-Time Faculty

ISTTP Deadline

Attached are flyers regarding the ISTTP and how to register. With the August 30th deadline fast approaching, please share these with your members once again to ensure all who need the program are able to access it.  This is particularly important for new hires who may not have heard about the program.  We have also learned that Partial Load members are eligible to take the program so they, too, should be encouraged to register before the 30th.

In solidarity,

Your DivEx Team

REMINDER: IN-SERVICE TEACHER TRAINING CERTIFICATE PROGRAM

Important: You must be enrolled by AUGUST 30, 2019!

This program will end new participant enrolment on August 30, 2019.

Those enrolled in the program prior to Aug. 31, 2019 will be allowed to complete according to established timeframes.

Attached are flyers (in French and English) regarding ISTTP. If you plan on participating in this program,  the enrollment deadline is coming up soon.

 In solidarity,

 Your DivEx Team

General Membership Meeting (GMM)

General Membership Meeting (GMM)
Tuesday, August 27, 2019
Woodroffe Campus Room A154
with teleconference link to Pembroke Room 339
and Perth Room 119
12:00 – 2:00
** Sandwiches and a beverage will be provided **

  1. Call to order
  2. Statement of Respect
  3. Elections (Continuation from GMM May 14, 2019)
    a) Workload Monitoring Group: (Alternates)
    b) Health and Safety (Woodroffe): 1
    c) College Employment Stability Committee: 1
    d) CAAT Division: 4
    e) OPSEU Convention 2020 (May 21 – 23, 2020) 4
    f) OPSEU Region 4 Meeting (a Saturday in March 2020): 4
    g) OPSEU Area Council (fourth Wednesday evening: September, November, January, March, May): 2
    h) ODLC Reps (third Wednesday evening of the month): 1
    i) Trustees: 2
  4. New Business
  5. Adjournment

Recommendation Regarding Faculty Workload Assignment Preferences

In his May 28th memorandum, Claude Brule, SVPA, indicated that faculty would be asked to identify their work assignment preference for the spring/summer 2020 by June 14th, 2019 in order to prepare for the move to a 14 week term model.

The Local recommends that you follow this direction keeping in mind that not all faculty work the traditional fall/winter semesters. For example, if you would rather work the first 7 weeks of the winter semester, and the full 14 weeks of the spring/summer semester, and the full 14 weeks of the fall semester, then you should let your manager know. There are many faculty who take annual leave in the fall or winter semesters.

We are told that Algonquin has adopted the model currently being used at Niagara College. We are also told by the Local at Niagara that the model is a “nightmare” to monitor, and has been a problem since its introduction.

If you are having problems with work assignments or taking your minimum 10 days of PD, please contact the WMG Co-Chair, David Haley, at extension 7716.

If you are having problems taking your vacation, please contact the Local’s Chief Steward, JP Lamarche, at extension 7716.

Pat Kennedy, President

OPSEU Local 415

OPSEU Convention 2019 – Leah Casselman Award and CAAT-A Year in Review Handout

On another note, further to Pat Kennedy’s comments at the recent GMM and earlier correspondence sent out to you via COMMs, I have attached the “College Faculty 2018-2019 Year in Review” handout that was discussed at the CAAT-A Caucus Meeting. I urge you to review this document, especially the sections regarding Premier Ford’s attacks on the education sector as they will most likely have an impact on the next round of academic bargaining.

David Haley, 1st VP

OPSEU Local 415 Communications Officer

OPSEU Charter of Inclusive Workplaces and Communities

‘Diversity is our strength’: OPSEU endorses Charter of Inclusive Workplaces and Communities

At OPSEU, we know that diversity is our strength; in our union, our communities and in every single workplace. We know that diversity enriches our society and that meaningful inclusion depends on the eradication of discrimination in all its forms.    It’s why I’m proud to announce that
OPSEU has endorsed the Charter of Inclusive Workplaces and Communities, which affirms our commitment to stand up for the rights and dignity of everyone.   In a world where racism, far-right ideology and white nationalism are on the rise – where Jews, Muslims, immigrants and other equity-seeking groups are threatened with discrimination and increasing violence – we must take a stand against division and fear, and embrace unity and hope.      We must encourage all OPSEU members, locals, area councils, equity committees and caucuses to continue to organize against racism, xenophobia, bigotry and discrimination of all kinds.    By sharing this Charter with members and allies and posting it in our workplaces we will continue to nurture inclusive workplaces and strengthen our shared commitment to equality, respect, justice and dignity for all.   In Solidarity Always, Warren (Smokey) Thomas
OPSEU President     Charter of Inclusive Workplaces and Communities   Discrimination in all its forms, including racism and Islamophobia, anti-Black racism, anti-Indigenous racism, anti-Semitism, and all other forms of racism, xenophobia and bigotry threatens our country’s rich social fabric, including the workplaces of OPSEU members and other workers, and the communities in which we live. Dividing people because of race, religion, ancestry or any other difference that undermines human rights serves only to weaken our unions and our society.   By endorsing this Charter, we commit to standing up for the rights and dignity of everyone in order to promote inclusive, just and respectful workplaces and communities;   That is why we affirm that: Islamophobia, anti-Black racism, anti-Indigenous racism, anti-Semitism, and all other forms of racism, xenophobia, and bigotry have no place in our workplaces or communities. Discrimination and acts of hate against OPSEU members and others in our communities marginalizes individuals and groups and excludes them from participating fully in our unions, workplaces and communities. The dignity of every member is essential to a healthy and vibrant union and workplace. As a union, we will work with the labour movement, all levels of government, Indigenous peoples, civil society, and communities to develop policies, programs and initiatives to reduce and eliminate racism, hate and bigotry in all its forms. By working together, we can nurture inclusive workplaces and strengthen our shared commitment to OPSEU’s values of equality, respect, justice, and dignity for all. To download a PDF version of the Charter that can be printed and posted in your workplace, please click here.   To view Resolution EB1 – the resolution that was carried at OPSEU Convention 2018 to endorse the Charter of Inclusive Workplaces and Communities – click here.

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