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United for what we all need: CAAT-A Negotiations Bulletin, Issue 2

The Message came across loud and clear: Ontario’s colleges need significant changes, for the sake of both the faculty who work in them and the students who reply on the education they provide.

Please read here the latest Negotiations Bulletin or you would prefer to read bulletin on OPSEU website

Any comments or suggestions should be sent directly to : Bargaining Team 2017


Petition in support of the striking Hearing Society workers

The employees of the hearing Society in Ottawa have been on strike for more than two weeks. Here is a link to a petition you can sign in support of the workers.

Workers in the Deaf and Hard of Hearing Community are on strike across Ontario. Show your support!

Star Article on OPSEU and the latest OPSSU newsletter

There has been on going internal strife at OPSEU head office which I have reported on in our local newsletter and at the general meetings. What you read in the Toronto Star here  OPSEU President accused of trying to get rival fired: Cohn/Toronto Star   has been a matter of ongoing negotiations and discussion within our CAAT-A Division leadership. At this time, given the ongoing legal procedures, all I can say is that we twenty-four college union presidents stand with Kevin MacKay, the professor and union activist at Mohawk College.

Kevin is not only a member of our five-person Divisional executive, but he is also a member of our 2017 Bargaining Team. Kevin was also a prominent spokesperson for the CAAT-A Divisional Executive when OPSEU managers threatened the Executive last year with a lawsuit for having demanded a more thorough investigation into sexual misconduct a head office. Only after this issue was aired at Convention last year in front of 2000 delegates did the OPSEU managers withdraw their intention to sue.

As for the treatment of the staff who work OPSEU, we continue to monitor the deteriorating situation between OPSEU management and the staff who work for OPSEU and their union: OPSSU ( Ontario Public Service Staff Union). We believe the staff who work for OPSEU should enjoy the treatment befitting a progressive union, so we will report on developments as they emerge. Please read the latest newsletter from OPSSU here.

Rest assured that we are on top of this, legally and morally. And rest assured that we are proceeding towards contract negotiations with no loss of footing or determination to secure a fair deal for our next contract. I will report as matters become public.

President Local 415

Bargaining Video 3

Here is the latest video on the bargaining process: the role of Local and provincial demand setting in assisting the bargaining team in preparing for negotiations.



Faculty Corner March April 2017

There was an error in the February issue of Local Lines regarding the March PD offerings at the college. We apologize for any confusion this may of caused. Here is the correct college PD offerings for the month of March as well as for the month of April.


Twitter day of action to support fairness for contract faculty

On March 3, faculty,students,staff and concerned citizens from across Ontario will engage in a day of action on Twitter to raise awareness about the need for fairness for contract faculty.

Throughout the day, university and college community members will be invited to send their Board of Governors or Employee Council (should be Colleges Ontario)  a message about their priorities for the institution,including improving contract faculty working conditions and the quality of education offered to students.

Ontario college faculty and supporters should send your messaged to the College Employer Council (again, Colleges Ontario) and its chair, Linda Franklin and Minister of Advanced Education for the Ontario government, Deb. Matthews:                                                                                @lindaFranlinCO/@CollegesOntario/@Deb_Matthews the hashtag to use is #frairness4CF hashtag on Twitter