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Protect Yourself Against Workday Security Breaches

During the past several days, faculty have identified to the local that they are quite concerned regarding the safety of their personal and banking information on the college’s Workday system.

I asked the college president on February 6, if she could confirm that Social Insurance Numbers and banking information had not been compromised, given the Workday fiasco.

On the same day, she responded “Yes I can confirm that”; however, the local has since learned that at least a week earlier to this confirmation by the college president that a college employee was informed that his Workday account had been compromised during the phishing attack. The college offered “Identity Theft Protection Services” from ID Alerts for the next 2-years and advised the employee to change his bank password.

One has to wonder why the college was not aware of such phishing attack problems and Workday issues well before implementing Workday on January 7, 2019 given that this information has been widely published on the web since at least May 2017 as per the following article

 

https://www.carpedatumlaw.com/2017/05/protect-people-newest-workday-scam-reroutes-employee-direct-deposit-funds/

 

Additionally, Workday security issues have also be widely published as per this article.

https://krebsonsecurity.com/tag/workday-com/

 

If you suspect that your personal or banking information has been compromised, I recommend that you ask the college for  “Identity Theft Protection Services” from ID Alerts for the next 2-years.

Although there is no guarantee that all faculty will receive this email because of the state of the college’s email system, I would encourage you to pass this information along to coworkers so that they take action necessary to safeguard their personal and banking information.

 

Pat Kennedy, President
OPSEU Local 415

Local 415 By election to be rescheduled

Sisters and brothers,

Please be advised that due to an aggressive snow storm due to take place on Tuesday February 12th and Wednesday February 13th, for the health and safety of OPSEU local 415 members and OPSEU staff, I have decided to cancel the election scheduled for Wednesday February 13th. Some members and staff raised concerns in regards to the weather especially for our members living and working in rural areas.

“OPP detachments throughout Renfrew County put out a request on Twitter that the public postpone any unnecessary travel due to poor weather conditions and reduced/zero visibility. They listed the most affected areas as Eganville, Cobden, Horton, Admaston/Bromley and Pembroke”.

I will be rescheduling the election in the coming days. Please stay tuned for a new date.

 

In solidarity,

Nelson Ross Laguna

Nelson Ross Laguna

Staff Representative

Ontario Public Service Employees Union

Ottawa,On

18447651416 ext 5445 (office)

613-324-4174                (cell)

By-Election for Second Vice President – OPSEU Local 415 – Personal Biographies of Nominees

As previously communicated, there will be a by-election for the Second Vice President of OPSEU Local 415 at all three campuses. In order to better acquaint you with each of the nominees, they were asked to provide personal biographies to be sent out to all full-time and partial-load faculty.

The attachment contains the personal biographies of the two nominees.

  • Annette Bouzi
  • Tracy Henderson

The by-election will be held as follows on Wednesday February 13, 2019:

– Ottawa Campus: Union Faculty Office, C215B, from 8:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

– Pembroke Campus: Room 216, from 8:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. and Room 334 from 1 p.m. to 3 pm.

– Perth Campus: Room 101, from 8:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

 

All full-time and partial-load faculty who are members of the union are eligible to vote. We always welcome new members into OPSEU and membership forms will be available if you are not already a member and wish to sign up.

OPSEU Local 415 Communications Officer

Union Membership Letter

You may have received an email with respect to your Union Membership from the college.

You should disregard this, as it did not come from our local.

 

Pat Kennedy, President

OPSEU Local 415

REMINDER – OPSEU Local 415 2nd VP Election 13 February 2019

Sisters and brothers,

Local 415 will be conducting an election for the 2nd Vice Presidents position. As you may recall the local held a by-election on December 5th, however I was unable to determine a successful candidate in the election due to inaccuracies on the voters list provided to the Union by the Employer. Due to this unfortunate event, the local will be conducting another election on February 13th, 2019.

In order to prevent the same issue of inaccurate lists I will be confirming members who are partial load or who are unsure of their status at the polling station. If you are partial load or believe you are partial load at the time of the vote in order to confirm you are in good standing with the local, you will be required to provide your pay statement to show Union dues deductions as well as hours worked. Your pay statement will need to show your name and employee number as well. If you wish to blackout other areas, you may. If you are partial load or believe you are partial load and you do not provide a pay statement, I will have to segregate your ballot and then confirm your status afterwards which may take days or weeks.

The process will be as usual for all other members who require to be a signed member of the Union in order to vote. If you have not signed a union membership card you can do so at the polling station.

The two candidates for the election are:

  • Annette Bouzi
  • Tracy Henderson

The by-election will be held as follows on Wednesday February 13, 2019:

– Ottawa Campus: Union Faculty Office, C215B, from 8:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

– Pembroke Campus: Room 216, from 8:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. and Room 334 from 1 p.m. to 3 pm.

– Perth Campus: Room 101, from 8:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

All full-time and partial-load faculty who are members of the union are eligible to vote.

In solidarity

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

“Teacher-less courses” offered at Algonquin’s new partner Northern College

It has come to the Local’s attention that Northern College, one of the colleges that Algonquin has partnered with under the recent Multi-College Collaboration Model agreement, offers “teacher-less courses”. Given the language of the agreement, and the parties’ commitment to “innovative delivery models”, everyone should take notice of the possible consequences of courses being delivered by technology rather than faculty.

This approach would have an enormous impact on securing new full-time positions, and could put existing full-time positions in jeopardy. Tracy Henderson, with support from our Divisional Executive, is in the process of reaching out to the Locals involved in the agreement to gather more information about what is happening at each college, and will be reporting back to DivEx with recommendations.

This is a significant development for our membership as “teacher-less” work forces do not make pension contributions, nor do they fund Long Term Disability programs.

We’ll be providing more information as it becomes known.

Pat Kennedy, President

OPSEU Local 415