Official Website for OPSEU Local 415

Register NOW on the Partial-Load Registry

Register NOW on the Partial-Load Registry

One of the major gains from this round of bargaining is the Partial Load Registry that serves to prioritize the hiring of Partial Load employees who have registered their interest in being employed as a partial load employee in the following calendar year.

Partial-Load Registry Application Form – 2019 Calendar Year

All partial-load employees employed for all or part of the period from September 1 to December 31, 2017 will be deemed to have registered for the 2018-2019 academic year; however, by October 30th in each calendar year , a currently or previously employed partial-load employee must register their interest in being employed as a partial-load employee in the following calendar year.

Further employee information regarding the Partial-Load Registry may be found on the following college webpage:

http://www.algonquincollege.com/hr/pl-emp/

 

Register NOW on the Partial-Load Registry:

The college Partial-Load Registry Application Form for the 2019 Calendar Year is located at the following webpage:

http://www.algonquincollege.com/hr/pl-form/

Note that all requests to be added to the registry for the 2019 Calendar Year must come in before October 30th, 2018.

Pat Kennedy, President

OPSEU Local 415

Distance Education On-Line Courses

The faculty union recommends that Partial Load faculty who either do not have a full-load of 12 hours per week or who have been denied Partial Load employment status because their manager has advised them that there are no courses available, check out the Distance Education courses that are are available, using the following link: http://www.algonquincollege.com/ccol/online/

 

This link will take you to the Centre for On-Line Learning home page, where you can click on the various links there to determine if there are any courses that you have previously taught but are now not being offered through the regular process.

 

Where such cases exist, you are advised to contact your manager with a list of courses that you would like to teach as a Partial Load employee.

 

Should you be denied access to teach any of those courses, you are encouraged to contact the local with the specific details via comms@locallines.org.  As a reminder, you should keep a copy of any correspondence between yourself and your manager.

 

Pat Kennedy, President

OPSEU Local 415

Program Cuts – 22 April 2018 Update

At the Board of Governors (BOG) meeting of April 16, 2018. Kelley Denham, a graduate of the SSW program in Perth made an excellent presentation on the success she achieved through the program. Kelley is a single mother of four who has a

full time job working in the field she was trained. On this alone she deserves our complete respect. Kelly is Program Assistant for Adult Learning & Training Centre in Smiths Falls. Kelley started a petition with respect to program closures at Perth, her reference during the presentation to the BOG of over 1000 names/signatures was stinging! She gave numerous examples of the positive impact of the programs on the lives of former students. She concluded by asking the BOG “Who was consulted on program suspensions”, which hit the main issue dead on. There was no response to this question. College administration looked completely out of step with what had been presented publicly.  The college is fortunate to have Alumni like Kelley and she deserves an answer.

The Local has reached out to cover her travel costs from Smith Falls, child care costs and supper as a small recognition of the time and effort she put into raising the awareness of the treatment of these programs. She is a real Star.

We continue to request information from the college at the CESC, related to both employment stability now and in the future. Some examples are listed:

  1. Following the direction of President Cheryl Jensen to request full details from Academic Managers regarding mediation efforts for programs with suspended intakes has proven to be futile. Twenty-eight days has passed since the original request and there has yet to be a response from any level of Management.
  2. On April 4th, 2018 requested “Can you provide the costing for 2016-2017 for masonry program without the salary and benefits of the full time faculty member who left the program?” NO response
  3. On April 9th, 2018 requested “all the non-full time course loading requirements at Perth for fall 2018. We can use this in advance of the next CESC meeting.” NO response
  4. On April 20th, 2018 requested “Given that the college has such a large financial surplus for a publicly-owned educational institution, has consideration been given to reducing program financial contribution in order to avoid program intake suspensions?” Response pending

 

CAAT Pension Plan annual report released with video

The CAAT Pension Plan 2017 annual report is now available on the CAAT Pension Plan website in English and French together with a short animated video. The report details a notably strong year of investment performance that demonstrates the focus the Plan has on delivering value and securing pension benefits. It also notes the intention to further strengthen the Plan and widen defined benefit plan coverage with the introduction of a second plan design.

 

On Wednesday, April 25  the CAAT Pension Plan will host a noon-hour webinar and question-and-answer session about the Plan’s annual performance.

 

You will find the annual report and video here.

Pat Kennedy

Faculty Sponsor of CAAT Pension Plan

Taxable Status of Strike Pay

The local has received numerous querries regarding the taxable status of Strike Pay. 

This is addressed on the Canada Revenue Agency website at the following link:

https://www.canada.ca/en/revenue-agency/services/tax/individuals/topics/about-your-tax-return/tax-return/completing-a-tax-return/personal-income/amounts-that-taxed.html

 

Pat Kennedy

President, OPSEU Local 415

CAAT Pension Plan funded status grows to 118%

Dear members, 

I am pleased to be able to convey to you some fantastic news of continued grown of our jointly governed CAAT Pension Plan, which stands 118% funded on a going-concern basis, with a funding reserve of $2.3 billion, based on its latest actuarial valuation as at January 1, 2018. This is an improvement over last year’s valuation that showed the Plan 113% funded with a funding reserve of $1.6 billion. 

For further details, I invite you to read the attached 2018-03-01 CAAT-Funding Valuation news release. 

Pat Kennedy

Faculty Sponsor of CAAT Pension Plan

Local 415 Strike Update

Email access for the Forced Offer Vote
If you have not done so, please check that your college email password is valid. If it has expired, please contact IT at 5555 ASAP. Access to the password is crucial in order to vote November 14-16.
 
PIN numbers for voting available on Monday, November 13 – please check your college email account that day
Each person is to be assigned a special PIN sent to his or her college email address. Please check for the PIN.

If you do not receive an email on November 13, 2017 outlining how to vote and providing a personalidentification number (PIN), you may contact the VOTER HELP CENTRE toll free at 1-888-281-8683 (8am-8pm ET).

If you lose or misplace your PIN, contact the VOTER HELP CENTRE toll free at 1-888-281-8683 (8am-8pm ET).
Misinformation No. 1  
Unfortunately, the Sunday, November 12 edition of the Toronto Star published incorrect information on the offer that we will be voting on. To be clear, we are voting on the Council’s offer, not (as the Star reported incorrectly) the one our Team was working on before the Council walked out last week. The Star has since pulled its online version of the story due to the inaccuracy. 
Misinformation No. 2  
Again, our senior administration is publishing inaccurate information. Last week, Cheryl Jensen reported that bargaining had resumed when clearly it had not. Now, Cathy Frederick, the VP of Human Resources, has put out a document stating the post-strike reduced pay for full-time faculty will be at the rate of 1/261 of annual salary for each day of the strike as opposed to 1/216th as contained in the Council offer. To be clear, all provisions in the offer apply to all 24 colleges. There is no such thing as individual bargaining by colleges. In the unlikely event we accepted the offer, the reduction will indeed be 1/216 for each day of the strike.
 
What will be the true cost (based on each full-time faculty member’s current pay scale) of accepting the Council’s return-to-work protocol (as contained in their offer vote) based on the 1/216 calculation as opposed to the 1/261 calculation?
Two of our accounting faculty have done the calculations based on whether you are a full-time professor/counsellor/librarian (PCL) or an instructor. Go to
 
 
There is a tab on the Excel spreadsheet for professor/counsellor/librarian (PCL) and one for instructor. Assuming a five-week strike, the estimated 1/216  (post-strike) loss for each full-time member based on the Council offer ranges from $1230 to $2130 for PCL faculty depending on the member’s current salary step, and from $809 to $1373 for instructors.
 
Those losses can only be avoided by rejecting the Council offer.
 
How to avoid misinformation?
Always check our local web site locallines.org
or
 
OPSEU at opseu.org/college-faculty-strike-information-2017
More evidence why it is important to get more full-time positions in the college system
 Here are the rankings of US Universities and Colleges:

Strike Bulletin No. 1

Support pours in as Faculty Strike begins please read full bulletin here

Picket line solidarity

Message from the Local 415 Strike Committee:

During a strike, there is no crossing the picket line for any reasons. The OPSEU Strike Policy is clear that with the exception of essential emergency services, no member of the bargaining unit that is on strike is to cross the picket line under any circumstances. By going on strike, we have made it clear we have withdrawn our services and our presence for the duration of the strike period. Therefore, notwithstanding any inducements by the college management to cross the picket line — whether it be the use of college parking or college washrooms —  we want to be clear any crossing of the picket line constitutes strike breaking.
Message from the Bargaining Team:

 

It is more important now than ever that we stand together as faculty. The effectiveness of any job action is through withholding entirely the work that we do from our employer. This is the nature of a strike. Continuing to engage in work whether online or face-to-face serves only to prolong a strike and to undermine the solidarity required to reach a settlement.

 

In preparation for a strike or lockout

It is business as usual until a strike or lockout occurs. Please do not alter your weekly syllabus to make up classes that could be missed or give students extra work to do during a potential work stoppage. It is important that you do not post content on learning management systems ahead of time and remember to turn off the “automatic” or “timed” release of upcoming content. You should turn off any assignment dropboxes that will automatically open during a strike.

 

In the event of a strike or lockout

If it comes to strike action, we will be picketing and withholding our work from the employer. All teaching and professional activities related to our role as faculty must stop. This includes not communicating with students via email, learning management systems, and/or on social media. It also includes not meeting with students off campus and not teaching online in any capacity. Denying our expertise to the college is the main leverage we have to resolve a strike. If the colleges see that we are continuing to

work during this time, they will have less motivation to settle. We all want the best for our students and improving our working conditions will improve students’ learning conditions. While there will be short term inconvenience, there will be long term gains for both students and faculty.

 

Together we are stronger

All efforts have been directed towards a successful resolution to our bargaining. It is everyone’s hope that there will be no strike or lockout, but as recent events have shown solidarity works. In the event of a strike or lockout, our job as educators will be to engage our students in supporting our lines to build a better college system.

Video Message

Bargaining Team Video update

« Previous Entries