As the Faculty and Support staff bargaining teams prepare to begin bargaining for new Collective Agreements, we want to let everyone know that we stand together in support of them, and we’re asking you to help us make our message clear. Thursday May 22 has been designated as a day to show your solidarity by wearing OPSEU blue to work. We’re going to be looking for you and your “blue crew” on the 22nd so that we can capture as many images as possible of the strong bond between our union locals.
Every day at Algonquin we see the evidence of the close relationship our Faculty and Support staff share in making our college a positive place for us to work and our students to learn. It’s a partnership that is often seamless we don’t notice how well it functions, but this year in particular we want to focus on and celebrate it.
On June 2, both units will begin bargaining with the province, one of the few times they will bargain simultaneously. The close connection between our Faculty and Support Staff is reflected in the similar priorities we have set for bargaining, which focus on the quality of education we provide. By preserving and strengthening academic freedom, job security through full-time positions and benefits for employees, as well as seeking new guidelines for online courses and the contracting out of positions,both the Faculty and Support Staff unions want to continue to provide the high-level of education we are known for.
Our bargaining teams have their work cut out for them , so remember: May 22, whether it is aqua, teal, navy or robin’s egg show off your true blue support for Faculty and Support Staff!