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By-Election for First Vice President – OPSEU Local 415 – Call For Further Nominations

OPSEU Local 415 currently has an Executive Officer vacancy for the First Vice President. Any of the 30 stewards listed below are eligible to be nominated for this position.

The nomination form (see below) needs to be submitted to the Union Office (C215b) by noon, Wednesday, November 7, 2018.

Eligible stewards:

Ala’ Qadi, Andrew Tyler, Annette Bouzi, Audrey Rosa, Chinedu Mba, Dan Anderson, David Haley, David McCue, Enrico Defrancesco, Howard Kravitz, Ian Allen, JP Lamarche, Judy Flieler, Judy Puritt, Landyn Blais, Leslie Wyman, Louise Boudrealt, Maria Taylor, Martin Lee, Michael Nauth, Pat Kennedy, Patrick Murphy, Pauline Edmonds, Richard Hagemeyer, Scott Fewer, Sharleen Conrad-Beatty, Sharon Lightfoot, Shawn Pentecost, Tara Ettinger, Tracy Henderson

In the event there are more nominations than positions, an election will be held Wednesday, November 21, 2018.

 

Nelson Ross Laguna

OPSEU Region 4 Rep and

Electoral Officer for Local 415

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Nomination Form

I __________________ (name of nominator) nominate __________________(name of nominee)

for the position of First Vice President of OPSEU Local 415

__________________ (signature of nominator).

I accept ____________________ (signature of nominee).

Submit to the Faculty Union Office (C215b) by noon, Wednesday, November 7, 2018

Stand up for equal pay and restore the College Task Force!

This email is sent on behalf of RM Kennedy, Chair, CAAT-A Divex.

Friday November 2 Rally for Campus workers and students – say hands off $15 & Fairness!

This is on behalf of Ontario Confederation of University Faculty Associations (OCUFA)

Email:   mrajabi@ocufa.on.ca

[www.ocufa.on.ca]www.ocufa.on.ca

On October 23, the Doug Ford government introduced sweeping changes to the Employment Standard Act through Bill 47, that will inevitably have impacts on our working conditions. 

The changes that will most impact our University Community are the repeal of equal pay for equal work for “casual,” “part-time,” or “temporary worker” employee classifications. The abolition of these provisions in the Employment Standard Act will give rise to ever-growing precarious work on our campus and on campuses across our province. This could impact our ability to protect our minimum complement in our next round of collective bargaining, allowing the Central Administration to hire more contract-faculty on campus. This will also have a significant impact on our part-time and contract faculty colleagues and our teaching and research assistants. Our workload and working conditions are intimately tied to that of our colleagues, for this reason, changes being introduced in Bill 47 are cause for great concern. 

Furthermore, Bill 47 chips away at existing protections against sex-based pay discrimination. Specifically, it will prevent workers who believed they were victims of sex-based pay discrimination the right to ask their employer to correct discrepancies without the risk of facing reprisal.  

The Ontario Confederation of University Faculty Association (OCUFA), along with the APUO, the Carleton University Academic Staff Association (CUASA), and the Faculty Unions at Algonquin College and at La Cité, and Fight for $15 and Fairness are organizing a rally at the Minister of Training, Colleges and Universities Constituency Office at 10 a.m. on Friday November 2. We encourage all Members to join the rally and to invite their students to participate in this action.] 

Here is a summary of other notable changes introduced to the Employment Standard Act through Bill 47 that will impact members of the University Community: 

Minimum Wage:

  • Cancel the scheduled January 1 increase to $15/hour and freeze the minimum wage at $14/hour for the next 33 months. Minimum wage increases tied to inflation to restart in 2020.

Union Certification:

  • Replacing card-based union certification with a secret ballot vote.
  • Repealing rules that mandated an employer to share employee contact information during a union certification drive.
  • Removing employee protections who engage in a union certification drive.
  • Repeal the power of the Ontario Labour Relations Board to review and consolidate certified bargaining units.

Personal Emergency Leave:

  • Reintroduce the provisions that allow employers to require an employee to provide a medical note from a qualified health practitioner for taking sick days. 
  • 10 paid personal emergency days repealed to 3 unpaid days for sickness, 3 unpaid family emergency days, and 2 unpaid bereavement leave days.

Equal Pay for Equal Work:

  • Repealing equal pay for equal work for part-time, casual, temporary worker and assignment employee status (temporary help agency status).
  • Repealing the right of employees who believe they are victims of sex-based pay discrimination to ask their employer to correct these discrepancies.

Employer protection:

  • The government is reducing administrative penalties for employer-contravention to the Employment Standards Act. 

Rally November 2

10am – 11am

Outside Minister Fullerton’s office

240 Michael Cowpland Dr

Kanata, ON K2M 1P6

OPSEU Local 415 Communications Officer

Reminder – Register NOW on the Partial-Load Registry

One of the major gains from this round of bargaining is the Partial Load Registry that serves to prioritize the hiring of Partial Load employees who have registered their interest in being employed as a partial load employee in the following calendar year.

Partial-Load Registry Application Form – 2019 Calendar Year

All partial-load employees employed for all or part of the period from September 1 to December 31, 2017 will be deemed to have registered for the 2018-2019 academic year; however, by October 30th in each calendar year , a currently or previously employed partial-load employee must register their interest in being employed as a partial-load employee in the following calendar year.

 

Further employee information regarding the Partial-Load Registry may be found on the following college webpage:

http://www.algonquincollege.com/hr/pl-emp/

Register NOW on the Partial-Load Registry:

The college Partial-Load Registry Application Form for the 2019 Calendar Year is located at the following webpage:

http://www.algonquincollege.com/hr/pl-form/

Note that all requests to be added to the registry for the 2019 Calendar Year must come in before October 30th, 2018.

 

Pat Kennedy, President

OPSEU Local 415

 

Thousands Demand Doug Ford Disavow Health Care Privatization and Cuts

This important notice is forwarded from the Ontario Health Coalition

From: Ontario Health Coalition via OntarioHealthCoalition <ontariohealthcoalition@list.web.net>

Sent: Tuesday, October 23, 2018 9:52 PM

To: via OntarioHealthCoalition

Reply To: Ontario Health Coalition

 

Other Political Parties Respond Positively to Coalition’s Demand for Services to be Rebuilt & Restored

Toronto – “Hands Off Our Health Care” chanted a capacity crowd of an estimated 8,000 people who joined hands and encircled Queen’s Park today at the largest rally at the Ontario Legislature since Doug Ford became Premier earlier this year.

Natalie Mehra, executive director of the Ontario Health Coalition told the crowd that Premier Doug Ford had been invited to the rally to disavow plans for cuts and privatization.  Mr. Ford declined to attend and did not send the health minister and or anyone else in his stead. “In the short time since the provincial election, Doug Ford has cut OHIP+ and mental health funding,” Ms Mehra told the rally.  “And has released a major report calling for means testing, user fees and privatization of health care and other services.  This is intolerable.  Ontarians are demanding that Mr. Ford live up to his promises and expand and restore services, not privatize them.”

Doug Ford alone was the only political leader to not address the rally.

John Fraser, Interim Liberal Leader and Mike Schreiner, Leader of the Green Party pushed for more investment in the public health care system, not cuts.  The message being sent to the Ford government was clear, expand care not cuts.

“Families want to know that when a loved one needs to visit the hospital, they won’t be stuck in a hallway. They need to know that a long-term-care bed will be there for an aging parent,” said Andrea Horwath, NDP, Leader of the Official Opposition.

Patients and advocates called for improvements to health care and seniors care, hospital overcrowding and homecare, including reopening closed hospital beds, a long-term care minimum care standard of four hours per resident per day, and also that all new capacity in hospitals, long term care and community care to be built as pubic, non-profit services and not privatized.

Michael Hurley, President, OCHU/CUPE said, “The Ford government cut $377 million in funding from mental health and addictions. It’s $90 million in hospital surge funding replaces $187 million – so it is cutting $97 million. This government’s fiscal plans collide sharply with healthcare funding and we expect the closure of 3,000 hospital beds by the time the dust settles unless we push back hard. That is what we are firmly committed to do.

“Doug Ford did not mention privatization or health care cuts in the election.  He has no mandate for these, We will keep coming back in larger and larger numbers until the cuts are stopped and health care service are improved and expanded.” said OPSEU First Vice-President/Treasurer  Eddy Almeida.

“Premier Ford has to address the undeniable crisis in health care – patients are feeling it and health care workers are feeling it every day,” said Jerry Dias, Unifor National President. “Pre-election, Doug Ford promised to end hallway medicine, but instead he’s hired former B.C. Premier Gordon Campbell, who slashed health care in favour of privatization. Unifor is here to say hands off our health care.”

 

OPSEU Local 415 Communications Officer

 

 

 

By-Election for First Vice President – OPSEU Local 415

OPSEU Local 415 currently has an Executive Officer vacancy for the First Vice President. Any of the 30 stewards listed below are eligible to be nominated  for this position.

The nomination form (see below) needs to be submitted to the Union Office (C215b) by noon, Wednesday, November 7, 2018.

Eligible stewards:

Ala’ Qadi, Andrew Tyler, Annette Bouzi, Audrey Rosa, Chinedu Mba, Dan Anderson, David Haley, David McCue, Enrico Defrancesco, Howard Kravitz, Ian Allen, JP Lamarche, Judy Flieler, Judy Puritt, Landyn Blais, Leslie Wyman, Louise Boudrealt, Maria Taylor, Martin Lee, Michael Nauth, Pat Kennedy, Patrick Murphy, Pauline Edmonds, Richard Hagemeyer, Scott Fewer, Sharleen Conrad-Beatty, Sharon Lightfoot, Shawn Pentecost, Tara Ettinger, Tracy Henderson

In the event there are more nominations than positions, an election will be held Wednesday, November 21, 2018

 

Nelson Ross Laguna

OPSEU Region 4 Rep and

Electoral Officer for Local 415

 

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Nomination Form

 

I __________________ (name of nominator) nominate __________________(name of nominee)

 

for the position of First Vice President of OPSEU Local 415

 

__________________ (signature of nominator).

 

I accept ____________________ (signature of nominee).

 

Submit to the Faculty Union Office (C215b) by noon, Wednesday, November 7, 2018

 

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Election of Three Stewards

As the electoral officer for Local 415, I am pleased to announce the following two people have been acclaimed as stewards for Ottawa:
Richard Hagemeyer and Martin Lee

The following person has been acclaimed as the steward for Perth:
Patrick Murphy

 


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

Monday, October 15 Day of Action

All 24 college locals are holding Day of Action activities on Monday, October 15th on the eve of the strike anniversary.

 

The two key themes for the day are:

1. Restore the Colleges Taskforce and

2. Protect Bill 148 and Decent Work Laws (including equal pay for contract workers).

(Please see the attached Facts Sheet)

 

As it stands, Premier Ford has announced his intention to repeal parts of Bill 148, but has also been reluctant to follow through because of strong public opposition. It is extremely important to keep that opposition up in the coming days.

RECOMMENDED FACULTY ACTION:

Sign the Petition

The petition is crucial to the political strategy. Please strongly encourage all of your members and community to sign it.

https://www.15andfairness.org/college_faculty

 

Tweet You MPP on October 15

We’re preparing for an exciting online Day of Action on October 15!

  1. Message Ideas – Here are some tweets to get you started. Feel free to adapt these messages.
  • Thank you for your service. We appreciate the work you do, but not enough to hire you full-time. Sound fair?
  • Educators should have a say in academic decisions. Restore the task force!
  • Contract workers deserve the same pay, benefits, and job security as permanent workers.
  • Equal pay for women, equal pay for contract workers. Let’s make things right!
  • Support fairness for contract faculty
  • One year ago, faculty were preparing to walk the lines, fighting for their rights. One year later, we are fighting to protect these rights.
  • Students gain the most when faculty are treated with fairness and respect.
  • #EqualPay affects all members of the college community. Help us protect this law!
  • The difference between a $14 and a $15 hourly minimum wage can determine whether a college student can put food on the table or pay rent.
  • Our rights today shape our tomorrow. Fight for fairness!

 

  1. Tag your MPPs – Don’t forget to tweet your messages to your local MPPs.

 

Name Constituency Twitter
Progressive Conservative
Fullerton  Merrilee Kanata—Carleton https://twitter.com/DrFullertonMPP
MacLeod  Lisa Nepean https://twitter.com/MacLeodLisa
Roberts  Jeremy Ottawa West—Nepean https://twitter.com/jr_ottawa
Yakabuski  John Renfrew—Nipissing—Pembroke https://twitter.com/jyakabuskionpc
Ghamari  Goldie Carleton https://twitter.com/gghamari
New Democratic
Harden  Joel Ottawa Centre https://twitter.com/JoelHardenONDP
Liberal
Lalonde  Marie-France Orléans https://twitter.com/mflalonde
Fraser  John Ottawa South https://twitter.com/JohnFraserOS

 

  1. Add hashtags:    #15andfairness    #StandWithFaculty      #onpse       #onpoli

 

  1. Tweet graphics – use together with or separately from messages. We have some conventional OPSEU-approved graphics, as well as some fun graphics (not OPSEU-approved, but pretty awesome). Don’t forget to @tag and #Hashtag your graphics! Please find graphics here: https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/11nMQwMV-rp-4_UjncOOMAELJW2xgiNRh?usp=sharing

 

One local MPP’s change of face!

 

Gharmari Goldie on Picket Line at Algonquin College Supporting Quality Education and Bill 148

 

It is rather ironic that we now find Goldie Ghamari as an MPP in a party that does not support Quality Education and Bill 148

 

The Changing Faces of the College

We have reached a point where we need to ask what are we actually getting out of the college’s present administration. I have attached the link to a CBC interview that expresses the current administration’s view with respect to the sustainability of the Perth Campus. This view has not been shared with the Local through the College Employment Stability Committee. I can find no reference to this in the Board of Governors minutes, nor in any of the platitudes expressed at the various town halls. The only consistent element in this situation is the lack of transparency.

 

CBC Interview Link

https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/ottawa/algonquin-college-pay-equity-fees-hours-1.4847920

 

I have also attached here  an Ontario Superior Court decision which I previously sent to you where the college was found to have misrepresented various facts in a case involving a lay off.

 

The Local has been threatened by the college with program closures at arbitrations. When I put this directly by e-mail to the college president there was no response. It looks as though there are different faces being put forth by the college to suit the occasion. Do you have any confidence in this type of approach? I don’t.

 

Pat Kennedy, President

OPSEU Local 415

 

By-Election for two Woodroffe Stewards and one Perth Steward

There are three vacancies on the Local Executive Committee for two stewards from the Woodroffe Campus and one steward from the Perth Campus. The nomination form (see below) needs to be submitted to the Union Office (C215b) by noon, Wednesday, October 17, 2018. 

In the event there are more nominations than positions, an election will be held Wednesday, October 24, 2018. 

Nelson Ross Laguna

OPSEU Region 4 Rep and

Electoral Officer for Local 415

 

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Nomination Form

 

I __________________ (name of nominator) nominate __________________(name of nominee)

 

for the position of Steward on the __________________ (Woodroffe or Perth) Campus.

 

 __________________ (signature of nominator).

 

I accept ____________________ (signature of nominee).

 

Submit to the Faculty Union Office (C215b) by noon, Wednesday, October 17, 2018.

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