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Outsourcing of Our Work to Private Colleges

A very serious situation which has the potential to affect our jobs and retirement benefits is currently underway in our college system which requires the need for both DivEx and the Local to provide strong leadership now in anticipation of rocky times ahead with the Ford government.

Currently 6 colleges contract out, to private colleges, the delivery of public college credentials for international students: Lambton, St. Clair, Northern, Cambrian, St. Lawrence and Canadore. After a Divisional lobbying campaign and damning external reports about the risks such arrangements pose, the previous Liberal government announced that it would be phased out. However, it is our understanding that the Ford government has indicated that the outsourcing will now be allowed to continue. Consequently, with DivEx coordination, on February 6, two locals – Canadore and St. Lawrence – have filed OLRB applications “Regarding Employee Status”, essentially making the claim that the workers (support and faculty) at the private colleges belong to our bargaining units because they are delivering our programs.

Combined with teacher-less classes and the Multi-College Collaboration Model, the continued contracting out of faculty work to private colleges or third-party contractors, it is very clear that the Ford government has a very different way of doing business in the province of Ontario. 

The Local will keep you appraised of any new information regarding these important matters and I would ask that you alert the Local if you become aware of any of your work being contracted out so that we can act to protect your work and retirement benefits, now and into the future.

Pat Kennedy, President

OPSEU Local 415

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 March 13, 2019:

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

 – Pembroke Campus: Room 122, from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

 – Perth Campus: Room 108, from 8:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. (Note: Room change)

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.

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OPSEU Local 415 Communications Officer

Mon., March 11 Local 415 Wellness Table in J-link on Woodroffe campus

Hello,

This Monday, March 11, between 9:30-2:30 in the J-link on the Woodroffe campus, please take a few minutes to stop at the Local 415 Wellness table. Stewards will be at the table to answer your questions and provide you with some useful handouts about wellness and counsellor services. There will be snacks as well.

Hope to talk to you in person on Monday!

Judy Puritt

Local Mobilizing Team (LMT) Chair