Official Website for OPSEU Local 415

Faculty Union Open House

14 week semester/annual leave/partial-load/apprenticeship

We have received feedback from a number of faculty that have been involved in some preliminary discussions in their departments. It isn’t clear at this time that all areas will have changes to the traditional annual leave period of July/August. The assignment of courses varies from area to area as well. I have previously indicated that the SWF data from spring/summer semesters is not tracked at the provincial level, through CBIS. Some questions you should be putting to your manager are:

1)      Are faculty in all departments being assigned an additional 7 weeks as outlined in Claude Brule’s communication in the spring 2019?

2)      For individuals who have off cycle assignments (ex. summer/fall) will your traditional annual leave period change, and is this consistent within your department/school?

I have met with Claude Brulé with respect to problems associated with partial-load assignments or lack of assignments, but have no response at this point. We are tracking assignments to see if there are examples of not offering any partial-load work to long standing partial-load members, and checking to see if partial-load assignments exist in their previous area of work.

In addition, issues with Technical Safety Standard Authority (T.S.S.A.) have been brought to my attention. I asked Claude Brulé to indicate how the requirements would be met under the 14 week semester system, but have no response yet.

Finally, the Government just made an announcement September 23rd about “modernizing” apprenticeship and OPSEU has requested to be on the list to be involved in the consultation. This is in line with my comments at our spring GMM about my concerns regarding potential changes by the government. Follow the link below for additional information:

https://news.ontario.ca/maesd/en/2019/09/making-it-easier-and-faster-to-work-in-the-skilled-trades.htmll

Pat Kennedy,

President, Local 415

Welcome and Congratulations on becoming Full-Time Faculty

Welcome and Congratulations on becoming Full-Time Faculty

Everyone who becomes full-time is automatically a member of the academic bargaining unit and automatically pays Union dues. What isn’t automatic is membership in the Union. That requires a formal application by each new employee. There is no additional fee for joining. More importantly, membership gives you a voice and a vote at all membership meetings and to hold office as a Union Steward.

As such, attached is a Union membership card which I ask you to complete if you are not already a member of the Union, and return to the Union office (C215b) or you can scan and email it to dbrule@locallines.org.

For faculty who are not currently members of the CAAT Pension Plan, or wish to transfer previous service from a pension plan into the CAAT Pension Plan before the next pay increase in October, please contact David Haley 1st VP, who is a CAAT Pension Plan Trustee (dhhaley.opseu415@gmail.com).

I would also like to remind you about scheduling an appointment to have your SWF and initial Salary Calculation completed if you have not already had the opportunity to do so.

Finally, if you require any further information, please drop by the Union Office C215b (Woodroffe) or contact Pat Murphy (Perth) or Shawn Pentecost (Pembroke) or call 7716. The local’s website (www.locallines.org) also contains valuable information that you may find very useful.

Best wishes for a very successful 2019 Fall semester.

Pat Kennedy, President

OPSEU Local 415

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Contract Faculty Poster

Important: Petition Action to Support Contract Faculty – Please sign and share

We hope this finds you well and ready for the coming year. The Divisional Executive has been working steadily on several issues this summer, but the most pressing is the ongoing fight to protect the gains from our last round of bargaining.

As we all know, we’ve been facing a worsening crisis in post-secondary education with the election of the Ford government. His continued attacks on students and precarious faculty, while deeply unpopular, are continuing. The gains we made ensuring equal pay for equal work and paid sick days for our contract faculty have been rolled back via Bill 47, and some colleges are rescinding the modest gains that took contract faculty wages up to the rate of their partial load colleagues’ wages.

Most disturbing is that the College Employer Council (CEC) is using all means available to block the contract faculty vote to unionize from being counted, including spending impossible sums of money querying every single ballot in order to delay and stall the process. If we cannot move this organizing drive forward, our next round of bargaining becomes that much harder for FT and PL faculty.

We need your help right now to push back. If we have learned nothing else this past year, it’s that the Ford government caves to public pressure.

OPSEU, together with our allies in 15 & Fairness, has launched the following electronic petition which will be delivered to the College Employer Council, and the Presidents and Board of Governors at all the Colleges. A message will go to all members from OPSEU centrally later today.

PETITION LINK

ENGLISH:https://www.15andfairness.org/fairness_for_contract_faculty

FRENCH:  www.15andfairness.org/equite_colleges

In solidarity,

The CAAT-A DivEx 

RM, Martin, Heather, JP, Pearline