Official Website for OPSEU Local 415

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.


Sign the Petition

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


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
MacLeod  Lisa Nepean
Roberts  Jeremy Ottawa West—Nepean
Yakabuski  John Renfrew—Nipissing—Pembroke
Ghamari  Goldie Carleton
New Democratic
Harden  Joel Ottawa Centre
Lalonde  Marie-France Orléans
Fraser  John Ottawa South


  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:


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


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




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.

Kaplan Award – Wage Increases

A reminder to all Full-Time and Part-Load Faculty that a 2.00% wage increase comes into effect October 1, 2018.