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April 17 Ottawa Action on Education & Healthcare at MPP Jeremy Roberts Office

Ford’s budget on April 11 could mean more cuts to the programs and public services that working people and their families depend on: health care, education, public services, decent work and healthy communities are all at risk.

The Ontario Federation of Labour has organized a day of action for Wednesday, April 17 2019. As part of this action, there will a rally from 12 pm – 1 pm. at

MPP Jeremy Roberts Office
1580 Merivale Rd
Suite 500
Ottawa, ON

Here is the link to RSVP if you wish to indicate that you are attending.

https://www.oflevents.ca/april_17_ottawa_action_

on_education_healthcare_at_mpp_jeremy_roberts_office

Finally, here is a link to the OFL province-wed day of action bulleting

http://ofl.ca/event/april-17-province-wide-day-of-action/

OPSEU Local 415 Communications Officer

CAAT Pension Plan funded status grows to 120% with benefit security reserves of $2.6 billion

The CAAT Pension Plan stands 120% funded on a going-concern basis, with a funding reserve of $2.6 billion, based on its latest actuarial valuation as at January 1, 2019. This is an improvement over last year’s valuation that showed the Plan 118% funded with a funding reserve of $2.3 billion.

You may read the full article here: https://www.caatpension.on.ca/en/about-us/valuation-2019

David Haley, 1st VP OPSEU Local 415

CAAT Pension Plan Trustee

Pat Kennedy, President OPSEU Local 415

CAAT Pension Plan Sponsor

Update of the Board of Governors (BOG) meeting 3 February 25, 2019

I attended this meeting remotely from home as I had just had knee surgery and was unable to make the meeting in person.  Here is my report to you the faculty.

The meeting started with Celebrating Student Success and recognizing the students from the school of Business Marketing team who competed in the Ontario College Marketing Competition. The Team Algonquin finished in second place provincially – our best finish in the 40-year history of the event!

The following are my summaries for each item presented.

Workday Project Update:

A general update regarding the Workday initiative was covered by Doug Wotherspoon.  This was the last update to be presented to the BOG.  I was very disappointed as the “phishing” incident was played down and only mentioned once.  One would think after causing three weeks of disruption and preventing many employees from properly performing their job the “phishing incident” would have been at the top of the presentation. I found that it was quickly mentioned almost as an irrelevant point.  This prompted me to ask for a confirmation that no personal information to faculty and staff had been released during the incident.  The president responded with the remediation that occurred such as password changes for all, restoration of affected computers but no specific response to the actual question.  I followed up with a question to Doug Wotherspoon regarding if we had in place a multiple-factor authentication process to access account information.  His answer appeared to indicate that this was going to be implemented as part of the remediation process. I found it interesting that an event, which allowed the infiltration of principle college system and required the disruption of many of the college operational system such as VPN, e-mail, Workday, was played down at a Board of Governor meeting.

Solar Photovoltaic Project Update:

This project as you know was spearheaded as part of a government green gas reduction initiative and funding to the amount of 6.8 million dollars.  The installation of solar panels on the roof of the Ottawa campus are to be used to replace the use green gas producing fuels for such things as air based heating, hot water production and reducing  electrical use from the grid. The project has plenty of merit and I feel was a great direction for the college to embark on back in June of 2018.  The timeline to submit a proposal and ensure the funding was short.  Apparently, this caused the engineering company to fast track their forecasted estimate of total cost of the job.  A significant error was in the area of the electrical upgrades required to utilize the air based heating portion of the project.  A solution was proposed to use the hot water generated from the panels to supply the hot water requirements on campus.  This unfortunately has cause a 1.2 million dollar shortfall on the project that is now on the college’s books.  I personally felt that if the engineering company made the error they should at least be partially responsible for the additional cost and therefore voted against the motion for the college to cover the 1.2 million dollar short fall.  Unfortunately, aside from one other governor voting against this motion, the motion was moved.

2019-2021 Business Plan & 2019-2020 Annual Budget:

The Business plan for 2019 to 2021 were presented and the 2019-2020 budget were presented by each VP.  The sound on the remote system was disconnected at that time and therefore I was unable to hear the presentation or ask questions.

I reviewed the plan and budget and did not find any items of concern.  The plan continues to follow the Strategic Plan and focus on Student Satisfaction, Co-op and Employee engagement.  The Learner Driven plan and focus is a personal concern.  How is this style of course and program management going to fit with the existing programs and courses at Algonquin?  As well, is today’s student population able to create their own learning path?  The International strategic refresh requires more detail. The most positive piece of the plan is the replacement proposal for the Student Information System or GeneSIS. Considering that over the last decade 20 out of the 24 Ontario Colleges have replaced their system there will be a lot of information regarding the system options on the market.  This will not be a cheap fix or easy fix

The Budget for the upcoming year has challenges of its own.  The 10% mandated fee decrease and ancillary fee decrease will cause some considerable revenue shortfalls. The program tuition costs for domestic and international students have been adjusted to reflect these issues. Domestic students will see a 10% decrease yet this shortfall will be compensated with an increase to international student. I had a concern on whether this would affect the international student numbers in a negative way.  The president reassured me that similar increases were going to take place across the board with the other Ontario Colleges.  My belief is that if raising prices brings down the numbers of international students, this will only increase the college shortfall.  As you know the international student intake has been the redeeming feature for the college over the last few years. Only time will tell if this comes back to bite us. . It was also mentioned that 51 full time positions were on the budget for next year 31 of them for faculty.  It was not clarified if this included the replacement position of the voluntary retirement incentive.

There are two physical space major Strategic Investment projects starting.  The pedestrian bridge to the LRT station and the SA new athletic and Recreation Complex.  There was no mention of increasing the number of classroom space available.

Third Quarter 2018-2019 Financial Projection

The sound returned to the remote system and I was able to rejoin in the discussions and presentations.

A significant positive was the enrollment increased by 7.0% from the Approved Annual Budget.  There were two costly items for the third quarter.  The first was a 3 million dollar estimate for the Voluntary Retirement Incentive Program and the other was the 3.5 million dollars expense from the College departure from IBM in regards to Workday.  I asked the president if the lost position from the Voluntary Retirement Incentive would be replaced by new full time position as part of the succession plan. Her answer was yes they would.

Conclusion

Overall, the BOG meeting was quite productive.  I was disappointed as I found the agenda to be extensive for a proposed two-hour meeting.   The presentation of the committee reports were passed over and the pace of the meeting seemed very fast.  Considering we had many issues to deal with and an in camera segment as well. I personally felt overloaded with information and rushed in my decision-making.  Attending the meeting remotely did not help.  I will make sure to be there in person from now on.  I hope this was a random occurrence.

Enrico De Francesco

Faculty Governor

Partial Load Registry Information Update 20 Nov 2018

At a recent meeting of the College Employment Stability Committee (CESC), the college finally provided the faculty union local with the alphabetical list of the 120 of our 332 Partial-Load (PL) employees who were deemed eligible for priority hiring. No other data was provided to the local, except that the PL Registry for calendar year 2020 will re-open January 1, 2019 and close October 30, 2019.

If you believe that you have any misgivings about the Partial Load Registry, the local advises you to contact your manager and ask for the following information:
– a record of your teaching experience, including a detail report of the total months of service according to Article 26.10 C;
– a list of all faculty who have been offered Partial-Load contracts that include any of the courses that you have previously taught in the school/department; and
– a list of the total service of all of those faculty members.

Once you have this information, you are advised to contact the local to determine whether your rights have been violated, and whether you are therefore in a position to assert those rights through a grievance.

Your manger must have access to this information, to apply the Collective Agreement properly, so if your manager is unwilling or unable to provide this information to you, please inform us.

Tracy Henderson, Steward
OPSEU Local 415
1st Alternate, CAAT-A DIVEX

tracyhenderson.opseu415@gmail.com

 

Reminder – 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

 

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

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