Official Website for OPSEU Local 415

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 By going on strike, we have made it clear we have withdrawn our services and our presence for the duration of the strike period.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

Drug Benefits in Quebec RAMQ Info

The Local has just been made aware of a change in drug coverage for members who live in Quebec as detailed here Drug Benefits in Quebec  Drug Benefits in Quebec FR

Please do not hesitate to contact Kim MacPherson at OPSEU for further information/assistance in this matter.


OPSEU Local 415 Communications Officer

Free tax clinic for staff and students on low income

The following message is being sent on behalf of ACORN, an independent anti-poverty organization that represents low and moderate income families. We advocate for access to affordable housing, safer neighborhoods, and higher standards of living in our communities. ACORN is endorsed by OPSEU 415.

They want to let you know about their Free Tax Clinic that helps low-income families and vulnerable persons file their taxes and avoid the high fees associated with corporate providers.

In order to support this service, they run a cost-recovery Tax Collective, which allows community members who exceed the low income cut-off to file their taxes at a reduced rate.

This is a feel-good tax-filing service where the fees support ACORN’S community development efforts. It provided a more ethical and affordable alternative to corporate providers.

This maybe of particular interest to your students

With tax season fast approaching, individuals may book an appointment with our Tax Collective now  by emailing us at

Fight poverty while getting your taxes done! 

For more information, contact Liam Bedard, Tax Collective Coordinator Ottawa ACORN 404 McArthur Avenue 613-746-5999

Presentation of March 26,2015

If you were not able to make the General Meeting on March 26,2015

Please see the presentation from Kim MacPherson  Benefits counselor

OPSEU Local 415 CAAT Benefits

CAAT Retiree Benefits Brochure

Long Term Disability (LTD) Premium Rate Increase

A message from CAAT Academic Joint Insurance Committee (JIC) please read here 

If any questions or concerns, contact information is provided in the  above memo


Petition to expand the CPP/QPP


Petition to expand the CPP/QPP

We need to do something about retirement income. Even bank economists have started to say RRSPs have failed.There’s too much risk and not enough security to ensure that, after a lifetime of work, people can retire and live out their last years in dignity. Too many of today’s seniors live in poverty and too many older workers are realizing their retirement plans have come up short because the investment return were promised never to materialized or they simply could not save enough on their own.The financial services industry pays itself juicy fees to manage your money and that eats up a big part of your retirement  savings-if you have any retirement savings left when you are ready to retire, after  the roller coaster dips and dives of the stock market.

The best way to help today’s workers save enough money for tomorrow is by increasing what everybody gets from the Canada Pension Plan (CPP) as a share of their total retirement income.

Expanding the CPP is about preparing for the future, and leaving behind a better system for our kids.

Join thousands of Canadians who are telling their Members of Parliament to increase pension benefits under the Canada and Quebec Pension Plans, and implement a fully funded plan  to phase in such a increase without delay.

CAAT Pension to All Staff, Full time, Partial Load,

To get immediate access to CAAT Pension

We aim to keep you informed please read letter received by Local Presidents 


Divisional Executive news

March 25,2013 read here Happenings with the CAAT Pension Plan, Convention and more …

2013 Benefits You Newsletter

Please read full news letter here

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