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Invitation for Algonquin College President and CEO Consultation Survey

Algonquin College’s Chair of the Board of Governors recently announced that Boyden consultants would be retained to assist the college’s search committee with the search for a new President and CEO of Algonquin College.

I spoke with a representative of the firm this morning for close to 50 minutes regarding the hiring of the new College President and the firm closed off the discussion with a request that the local encourage its members to take the survey they have created to gain insight on the criteria you believe would be important in identifying and selecting the new College President.

I encourage you to take the survey by May 2 at the following link:

Pat Kennedy, President

OPSEU Local 415

Partial Load Status


As we see the end of the W19 term and look toward S19 I wanted to touch base with you in terms of Partial Load status.

We have seen the college take different approaches throughout departments in relation to PL status.  We ask that you notify the local of any changes to your status, in the S19 loading as well as any trends towards decreasing or removing your PL status for F19.

In solidarity

Tracy Henderson

Steward, Local 415

1st Alternate, Divisional Executive

Supporting our Students – Exam Week Outreach, April 23 in J-link

Local 415 will again be hosting a Student Snack Break Table in J-Link on Tuesday, April 23 from 10 am – 2 pm.

We will offer students a healthy, portable and non-perishable snack to support them during final exam week. Donations of any ‘grab and go’ snacks – such as granola bars, apples, bananas or healthy chips or crackers – are most welcome. Items will be collected in our union office (Room C 215b) on Monday between 8-4 and at the table on Tuesday from 10-2.

Students consistently express gratitude for their faculty support of this initiative.

Judy Puritt, Secretary

Chair, Local Mobilizing Team

OPSEU Local 415

Upcoming Algonquin College Job Opportunities

As you are likely aware, the college has over 50 Full-Time Academic Job postings on their Human Resources website:

I recently came across some college-produced resources that you may find useful if you are applying for any of these positions.

Resumes and Cover Letters:

Interview Skills:

If you apply for any of these positions, please ensure that you indicate that your are an Internal Partial-Load Employee.

You should indicate this if you are currently a Partial-Load Employee or if you had a Partial-Load contract during Fall 2018.

Tracy Henderson,

OPSEU Local 415 Steward

1st Alternate Divisional Executive

Action on Education – this Wednesday, 8-1:30 in J Link

Please stop by the J-link this Wednesday, April 17 between 8:00 am – 1:30 pm to gather information on the Ford Government cuts to education, sign a petition, and connect with Stewards.

Local 415 will be jointly hosting this action with Local 416, the Support Staff union at Algonquin.

Follow this link for more information.

Judy Puritt, Secretary

Chair, Local Mobilizing Team

OPSEU Local 415

College Attempting to Impose ‘Mandatory’ Work without recording the work on a SWF

The local has recently been informed by several members that the college is attempting to impose ‘mandatory’ training upon faculty in the form of a ‘mandatory’ 1-hour online Sexual Assault/Sexual Violence orientation module to be completed before the end of June 2019 without recording the work on a SWF.

If you have already received notification from your manager that you are to complete this module, then I recommend that you reply to your manager’s email in the following manner:

Since this 1-hour online Sexual Assault/Sexual Violence orientation module is ‘mandatory’ training, I request that you SWF me for this training so that I can complete it by the end of June 2019.

If you have already received notification from your manager that you will NOT be SWF’d to complete this module, or s/he refuses to SWF you for the work after asking for the time on your SWF, then I recommend that you reply to your manager’s email in the following manner:

Since you have indicated to me that you will not SWF me for this ‘mandatory’ 1-hour online Sexual Assault/Sexual Violence orientation module, I am forwarding a workload complaint to the WMG.

Then to initiate the WMG, send the local’s Office Administrator, Diane Brule an email as such:

I would like to refer my workload to the WMG because my manager refuses to assign me SWF time so that I can complete the ‘mandatory’  1-hour online Sexual Assault/Sexual Violence orientation module before the end of June 2019

Thank for you taking action on this important matter and defending our Collective Agreement rights.

David Haley, 1st VP

WMG Co-Chair

OPSEU Local 415

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.


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

OPSEU Local 415 Communications Officer

OPSEU Autism Rally-Mar.22

Good morning,

Please find attached here a poster for the upcoming OPSEU “Rally for Children & Families who need quality public Autism Services at CHEO” being held on Friday March 22, 2019 at 3500 Fallowfield Road (outside Lisa MacLeod’s office) from 11:00am to 1:00pm.  Thank you.


In solidarity,

Jennifer Moore

ODLC Administration


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Student complaint policy SA:03 update

After representing a number of members at student complaint meetings in the fall, I e-mailed the college president in October, 2018 asking her to look into revamping the student complaint directive to incorporate some type of meaningful consequence for students bringing forward false complaints and allegations. I was assured that student services and human resources were “reviewing the relevant policies”.

I’ve also has the opportunity to meet with the ombudsman, George E. Cole, to discuss possible changes to the existing policy. I shared my experiences in representing faculty at several student complaint meetings involving human resources, chairs, and deans. In every instance, the existing policy was not followed, yet the complaints were permitted to proceed. Even more troubling, was the fact that the majority of the complaints were found to have no merit, or were completely fictitious. In a least one case, the students admitted to lying because they were upset with the faculty member.

The current policy needs a mechanism by which students who make false allegations against faculty are subject to penalty. (see SA: 07 Student Conduct) However, in order for any new policy to be effective, the policy needs to be followed in the first place. I’m hopeful that the college will take the suggestions of the union and the ombudsman’s office seriously, and produce a policy that protects faculty while maintaining students’ rights.


I’ll provide more information when it becomes available.


JP Lamarche

Chief Steward, Local 415

Outsourcing of Our Work to Private Colleges

A very serious situation which has the potential to affect our jobs and retirement benefits is currently underway in our college system which requires the need for both DivEx and the Local to provide strong leadership now in anticipation of rocky times ahead with the Ford government.

Currently 6 colleges contract out, to private colleges, the delivery of public college credentials for international students: Lambton, St. Clair, Northern, Cambrian, St. Lawrence and Canadore. After a Divisional lobbying campaign and damning external reports about the risks such arrangements pose, the previous Liberal government announced that it would be phased out. However, it is our understanding that the Ford government has indicated that the outsourcing will now be allowed to continue. Consequently, with DivEx coordination, on February 6, two locals – Canadore and St. Lawrence – have filed OLRB applications “Regarding Employee Status”, essentially making the claim that the workers (support and faculty) at the private colleges belong to our bargaining units because they are delivering our programs.

Combined with teacher-less classes and the Multi-College Collaboration Model, the continued contracting out of faculty work to private colleges or third-party contractors, it is very clear that the Ford government has a very different way of doing business in the province of Ontario. 

The Local will keep you appraised of any new information regarding these important matters and I would ask that you alert the Local if you become aware of any of your work being contracted out so that we can act to protect your work and retirement benefits, now and into the future.

Pat Kennedy, President

OPSEU Local 415

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