{CAATA-Pres} Research into Multi-College Collaboration Agreements

OPSEU Local 415

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From: RM Kennedy <rmatopseu@gmail.com>

Sent: Monday, January 28, 2019 9:24 AM

To: CAAT-A Presidents

Cc: Tracy Henderson

Subject: {CAATA-Pres} Research into Multi-College Collaboration Agreements


Hello Presidents,


As you may have heard, Algonquin College along with Sault, Lambton and Northern, have signed onto a “Multi-College Collaboration Model.”

Tracy Henderson (from Local 415 and Divex 1st Alternate) has volunteered to do some research and strategic planning on the topic for us. We are very concerned that this may become the system-wide template for cuts and we want to get out ahead of it. For example, we could imagine a scenario where Algonquin develops online curriculum, which is then passed on to Northern College to be delivered on their new automated platform, eliminating real faculty work there. There are other ways this could work, but almost all of them will likely involve attacks on Intellectual Property (IP), academic freedom, faculty decision-making. program quality and bargaining unit size. Tracy will be reaching out to talk with the affected locals, but if anyone has any additional information on such agreements please pass it on to her.


In solidarity,



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