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Bargaining Update – September 29, 2017

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OPSEU Local 415 Communications Officer

Strike Q & A, Sign up for OPSEU Strike Pay

Thank you to all the faculty who responded to our request for private email and phone information so that we could ensure that in the event of a strike all OPSEU members performing strike duties are paid from the local strike fund without delay on a weekly basis.

Sign up for strike pay

In addition to receiving strike pay from the local strike fund in the event of a strike or lockout. OPSEU will also provide strike pay to OPSEU members in the colleges by direct deposit to their personal bank or credit union accounts. In order to process strike pay, the union needs updated dependent information and direct deposit information. The OPSEU sign up page is here:



  1. In order to sign up for OPSEU strike pay you will require your OPSEU membership number. If you do not know it or are not currently a member of OPSEU, please contact the union office administrator in the union office (C215b) between 8:00 and 4:00, call her at 7716 or email her at
  2. If you have any difficulties with OPSEU portal for strike pay sign up, contact one of the following members of OPSEU Executive Board:

Gareth Jones, Regional Vice-President,
Smokey Thomas, President,
Chrisy Tremblay,


Strike/lockout Q&A

Questions and answers about being on strike or lockout for OPSEU members in the College Academic Division can be found here:



Pat Kennedy, President

OPSEU Local 415


Legal strike or lockout date set for October 15

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                     September 28, 2017


Legal strike or lockout date set for October 15 in college faculty talks


TORONTO – The conciliator in contract negotiations between Ontario’s public colleges and their unionized faculty has confirmed October 15 at 12:01 a.m. as the time a legal strike or lockout could begin at all 24 public colleges in the province.


The conciliator issued the date after faculty represented by the Ontario Public Service Employees Union (OPSEU) requested a “no-board” report last week.


“The reason for requesting the no-board report, and thus a legal strike or lockout date, was to encourage our employer to get down to business and work with us at the bargaining table to reach a fair settlement,” said JP Hornick, chair of the union’s college faculty bargaining team. “That remains our goal. Our team will do everything in its power to achieve that settlement.”


Under the rules set out in the Colleges Collective Bargaining Act, the union is required to give five days’ notice prior to going on strike, and the College Employer Council must give five days’ notice of a lockout. This means an actual strike or lockout deadline could come after October 15.


Key issues in this round of bargaining relate to education quality and the ongoing exploitation of contract faculty.


“Half a million students come to college to get the education they need for the job they want and the labour market demands,” said OPSEU President Warren (Smokey) Thomas. “It is hypocritical of the colleges, who promise students a good job and a bright future, to turn around and force thousands of contract staff into jobs with low pay, no benefits, and no job security of any kind.”


OPSEU represents more than 12,000 professors, instructors, counsellors, and librarians in the college system.



For more information: JP Hornick, 416-806-9526; Mona Chevalier, OPSEU college faculty bargaining team (French only) 613-606-2238


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Bulletin #10

Please find attached our latest Bargaining Bulletin

The bulletin encapsulates the bargaining teams experience at the table yesterday


Bulletin 10

In Solidarity,


Your Bargaining Team

Letter of Support

Dear colleagues,

I am writing in my capacity as President of the Association of Nova Scotia University Teachers (ANSUT) to offer my support as you are faced with difficult negotiations and the possibility of job action in the near future. Please know that our support is based on the fact that you are fighting for exactly what we have fought for and continue to fight for against our increasingly corporatized universities and colleges. Namely, the right to collegial governance; the need and absolute centrality of academic freedom in our jobs as teachers, researchers, and defenders of our institutions against poor managerial decisions; the need to speak forcefully in support of our students as their tuition is being directed away from teaching to administrative salaries and unnecessary infrastructure; and, finally, the need to provide some job security and a living wage to academic staff who do have permanent jobs. The plight of these ‘precarious’ workers and the surprising increase in their numbers was, in fact, the focus of a recent ANSUT funded report by Dr. Karen Foster at Dalhousie University, Precarious U: Contract Faculty at Nova Scotia Universities, which is available at

Letter of Support from NOSMFSA

Please read here  a letter of support from NOSMFSA


In Solidarity


Nova Mason

President, OPSEU Local 677 & NOSMFSA

Media Event Video

The media event video from the Queen’s Park lobby day has been posted online at:

CAAT letter of support

A letter of solidarity from Memorial University Faculty Association

MUNFA Letter


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Update on offer of settlement

Attached please find the annotated comprehensive offer of settlement tabled by the faculty team this morning, along with their summary presentation.  Council immediately responded with a refusal to engage on the key issues, but the bargaining team is awaiting a full response this afternoon.

U-06 Union’s Comprehensive Offer for settlement- September 27, 2017 

U-06 Presentation

OPSEU Local 415 Communications Officer

Urgent Strike Pay- Alert

In the event of a strike, we want to ensure all members performing strike duties are paid without delay on a weekly basis. That is why it is critical you provide the Local with your personal email address and home phone number by Thursday, September 28. The information may be sent to this email address or left with the office administrator in the union office (C215b) between 8:00 and 4:00.


Pat Kennedy

President, OPSEU 415

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