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Contract Demand Setting Meeting Thursday February 13,2014

To Members of Local 415

Please join your colleagues at the Contract Demand Setting Meeting set for Thursday, February 13 at 4:00 in the Staff Dining Room. There will be a teleconference link for Pembroke faculty in Room 200. refreshments will be provided.

Our Current collective agreement expires August 31,2014. This upcoming meeting is the one where you and other members of the local have a say on what should be the priorities for the upcoming round of bargaining. The demands can be on any aspect of the Collective Agreement that you wish to see.

To assist in the formulation of the local demands, the results of the provincial survey conducted earlier this month will be provided at the meeting. As well, we will have representatives from the bargaining team to make a short presentation and to answer questions. However, the only demands that will go from our local to the provincial demand setting meeting are those you put forward and vote on. Therefore, make your voice(s) heard and join your colleagues on February 13.

The agenda is as follows:

1. Approval of Agenda

2. Bargaining Team Presentation

3.Voting on Local Demands

4. Election of Delegates to Provincial Demand Setting Meeting

5. Ranking of Local Demands

6.Adjournment

Pat Kennedy

President, Local 415

 

Ontario Online Plan-Issues and Concerns we should all be concerned about

Dear Members,

On Monday, January 13, Brad Duguid, Minister of Training Colleges and Universities, announced Ontario Online. Video of the announcement can be found at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OprAhtZ0_08 Curiously, we have not seen the Minister’s announcement highlighted on myAlgonquin for reasons that may become apparent as you read on.

We believe there are many aspects of the announcement that should cause you concern as a faculty member. Attached is a leaked confidential memorandum from the Deputy Minister of MTCU to all college and university presidents. The attached consists of three parts:

(a) Deputy Deborah Newman’s cover memo

(b) “Ontario Online” (Conceptual Model), a four page document

(c) Share online Course Fund Guidelines, an eleven -page document

Although your union leadership recognizes the online learning can have its place, this initiative goes beyond sound pedagogy and takes curriculum delivery decisions away from our faculty, which ultimately means jobs and job security within our colleges.

For example, the document calls for “(maximizing) scale which minimizing duplication.” This is consistent with the province’s previously announced “Differentiation Framework.”

Issues that your union ( and you) should be concerned about are:

1. How are the courses and host institutions chosen and what impact does that have on numbers of faculty required?

2. Who develops the courses and what is the impact on SWF hours and faculty complement?

3. We know through the last round of negotiations the College Employer Council wanted a new facilitator classification with pay ranges significantly less than full-time professors. Are Differentiation ( another Ministry initiative) and Ontario Online being used as the medium to introduce facilitators into the Collective Agreement, and what impact will that have on available work, now and into the future?

4. What will be the impact on non-full time faculty and their opportunities for full-time work?

5. Is the shared course development ( for which the colleges get $75,000. per course) your work? ( See page 2 of the Shared Online Course Fund Guidelines).

Along with the above, there are a number of pedagogical, retention and academic integrity issues that will affect our Collective Agreement and our workload (SWF) assignments.

The document also states as a goal “keep low enrollment courses financially sustainable.”    Throughout, it is clear that the cost savings are a primary goal of this initiative.  The cost savings that the Ministry will be expecting will be significant if they are investing $42 million in Ontario Online.

In the opening paragraph of the Deputy Minister’s memorandum there is a reference to consultation. Your elected leaders at OPSEU and our counterparts at OCUFA ( university faculty) were not consulted regarding this Ontario Online plan.   Click Here for a news release from Warren Thomas and JP Hornick that you may have received.  You will be hearing more from OPSEU and OCUFA in the days and months to come. As your union, we have to be concerned with this announcement: it is what you expect us to do as your bargaining representatives.

We know this is a busy time for faculty but please do make yourselves aware of the issues and, as always, your feedback and comments are welcome.

Pat Kennedy

President, OPSEU Local 415 ( Algonquin College Faculty Union)

Petition to expand the CPP/QPP

CLC LINK:http://www.canadianlablour.ca/action-center/pension-fairness

Petition to expand the CPP/QPP

We need to do something about retirement income. Even bank economists have started to say RRSPs have failed.There’s too much risk and not enough security to ensure that, after a lifetime of work, people can retire and live out their last years in dignity. Too many of today’s seniors live in poverty and too many older workers are realizing their retirement plans have come up short because the investment return were promised never to materialized or they simply could not save enough on their own.The financial services industry pays itself juicy fees to manage your money and that eats up a big part of your retirement  savings-if you have any retirement savings left when you are ready to retire, after  the roller coaster dips and dives of the stock market.

The best way to help today’s workers save enough money for tomorrow is by increasing what everybody gets from the Canada Pension Plan (CPP) as a share of their total retirement income.

Expanding the CPP is about preparing for the future, and leaving behind a better system for our kids.

Join thousands of Canadians who are telling their Members of Parliament to increase pension benefits under the Canada and Quebec Pension Plans, and implement a fully funded plan  to phase in such a increase without delay.

Rally to Save Canada Post-Jan.26

March to Save Canada Post

Sunday, January 26th, 1:00pm 

Meet at Dundonald Park (Kent and Somerset)    

March to the Prime Minister’s Office (Elgin and Wellington)

The Canadian Union of Postal Workers is greeting the return of parliament with a rally and march to demand the reversal of planned cuts to the postal service. The Conservative plan to end home mail delivery and dramatically increase postal rates this will be a disaster for Canada Post. Cutting service to citizens and increasing prices is not what the public wants from their post office.

Join us to tell Stephen Harper, “Hands off Our Post Office!”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Flyer/Poster

To help understand the Provincial Prebargaining Survey see the attached document/flyer here