Official Website for OPSEU Local 415

Faculty Annual Leave

Recently, the Local has been invited to participate in a Working Group with the College to discuss the assignment of faculty annual leave. Through regular dialogue, your Local had alerted the College to our concerns about its approach to the annual leave period, which is compounded by the increased stress and anxiety of the pandemic.

The goal of this new Working Group is to determine a more humane way of scheduling annual leave. In all of our conversations with the College, our role at the table is clear: to defend faculty rights and ensure adherence to our Collective Agreement. We are further guided by feedback from members, including your valid concerns about rotations, clusters, equity, as well as alignment of vacation with family care responsibilities, and seniority rights. 

Updates will be shared as discussions progress. In the interim, if you have questions, please e-mail COMMS@locallines.org or leave us a message at (613) 727-4723 Ext. 7716.

In solidarity,

Annette Bouzi (she/her)
President, OPSEU Local 415

Local 415 Demand Setting Meeting

Please join us Thursday, February 4 from 4 to 6 p.m. for our Local 415 Demand Setting Meeting. This meeting is a critical opportunity for you to have your voice heard as we set priorities for the 2021 round of collective bargaining. There are some key steps to this process:

  • Please be sure you have completed the General Membership Bargaining Survey that was e-mailed to you last week. The deadline for completion of that survey was extended to 5 p.m. on Tuesday, January 26.
  • Please review your e-mail for this COMMS message. It will include a link for you to follow and sign up for the Local Demand Setting meeting. That e-mail includes a copy of the agenda and an opportunity to register with a non-college e-mail address. Please register by 2 p.m. on Thursday, February 4.
  • If you require an accommodation to fully participate in this meeting, please contact us to advise of any specific requirements.  

The panel for the meeting will consist of the following people:

  • Annette Bouzi, President – Local 415
  • Rebecca Ward, President – Local 732 (Confederation College) & 2021 CAAT-A Bargaining Team member
  • Shawn Pentecost, Treasurer – Local 415 & 2021 CAAT-A Bargaining Team member
  • Tracy Henderson, Local 415 Steward & CAAT-A Divisional Executive Representative
  • Martin Lee, Local 415 Steward & CAAT-A Bargaining Advisory Team Representative
  • Judy Puritt, Secretary – Local 415
  • Laura Rashotte, Office Administrator – Local 415

We hope to see you there. Remember – our voice is our vote!

In solidarity,
OPSEU Local 415

Partial Load W’21 Welcome

Happy New Year and Welcome to Winter 2021! In case you are new Partial-Load (PL), please let me introduce myself, Martin Lee, as your Partial-Load Liaison steward. I can be reached via COMMS@locallines.org

Contract Faculty felt the weight of 2020 in very particular ways: we heard you. This year, as we enter bargaining, we need to hear from each one of you and remain connected. At Algonquin College, PL faculty make up a full third of our Local 415 membership, and your issues are extremely important to us. Precarious work remains a focus of our advocacy. For example, during the last round of bargaining (2017), the PL Registry was created. In this round, we’re now in a position to work on strengthening that Registry.

How can you get involved? First, make sure your voice has been heard via the bargaining survey. If you missed last week’s email about the survey, you can request a new link via the COMMS@locallines.org e-mail until 5 p.m. on Tuesday, January 26.

Local 415 is scheduling a session to discus bargaining on February 4 at 4 PM. You will receive an email with more details of this in the coming days.

What is happening province-wide? There is a provincial PL meeting, scheduled for 6 p.m. on Tuesday, January 26. Please attend and stay informed.

You will get an update on the process of bargaining, you will hear about PL organizing efforts, and you will be introduced to the PL Bargaining Advisory Committee (BAC). You will also be able to ask questions and raise concerns during that meeting.

Topic: Partial Load Provincial Open House

Time: Jan 26, 2021 06:00 PM Montreal (Zoom-link was sent to your e-mail. If you did not receive an e-mail or link, please contact COMMS@locallines.org)

Please try to enjoy the semester, despite COVID. Stay warm, and keep in touch.

Yours,
Martin Lee
OPSEU 415 PL Liaison Steward

General Membership Survey of Bargaining Priorities

To inform the process of Local Demand-Setting for the next round of bargaining, you are asked to complete the following survey by 5 p.m. on Tuesday, January 26, 2021

This survey is your first chance to communicate your bargaining priorities directly to your Local and the Bargaining Team. It includes many opportunities to provide detailed feedback. Academic employees at all 24 colleges are involved in this demand-setting process that will shape the upcoming round of Collective Agreement bargaining this summer.

Please check your e-mail for a link to the survey.

The survey covers issues relevant to professors, instructors, librarians, and counsellors – including both full-time and partial-load.

Part-time and sessional faculty are also invited to complete this survey as well, since you could easily be hired into partial-load contracts by the time bargaining is underway.

Please do not distribute this link to others. If you know of any of our faculty colleagues who have not received this link, please invite them to contact the Local in order to receive a link.

Finally, beyond this electronic survey, our Local will be hosting a Demand-Setting meeting via Zoom on Thursday, February 4 at 4:00 PM. This will be your opportunity to hear from Local leadership directly and participate actively in further setting and prioritizing our Local demands. Expect to see more information on this soon – we hope to see you there.

In solidarity,

OPSEU Local 415