Official Website for OPSEU Local 415

August Update

Dear Colleagues,

With the return to most post-secondary classes scheduled for September 8, many are returning to work to prepare for the fall. We want to recognize the hard work of faculty who have been working throughout the Spring and Summer term, including the many who have participated in the Summer Pilot on our campuses.

It’s been a busy few months in our Local and here are a few highlights followed by some more detailed notes. Our Joint Occupational Health and Safety Committees have been hard at work participating in on-campus inspections and ensuring adherence to safety protocols. Further, the Local has negotiated a new memorandum with the College on the definition of “regular” partial-load. Effective September 9, a contract faculty member who is assigned to teach more than six, and up to and including twelve hours per week for at least a 7-week consecutive period, will be considered partial-load. Additionally, we have seen many successes through the Workload Monitoring Group resolution process, and we welcomed several new full-time faculty hires across many areas of the college.

General Membership Meeting

Our General Membership Meeting is expected to take place in September by way of an online teleconference. We will share more detailed information on this once OPSEU provides more direction.

Accommodations

Please be sure to reach out with your questions about the college’s legal duty to accommodate, which extends beyond the provisions in our Collective Agreement:  Short-Term Disability Plan (STD, Article 17 for full-time members) and the Long-Term Disability Plan (LTD, Article 18 for full-time members). Accommodations can be arranged for many reasons, such as family status, including having an immunocompromised family member, having childcare obligations, or having health issues yourself. Remember, we have accommodations’ officers to help you, so please reach out to us for advice.

Workload

Several members have reached out with questions and concerns around workload as we have shifted to work under pandemic-related health and safety guidelines. It is important to remember that workload issues can be addressed at any point in the semester. That is, if your workload exceeds what the SWF captured when it was originally agreed to and signed, you are welcome and encouraged to raise your concerns. You can speak to your local steward, and/or contact the Local office and speak to someone on the Workload Monitoring Group.

Expansion of College Administration

The Local is disappointed to hear about the creation of additional college administration positions, as announced last week. At a time when the college is expressing concern about its budget, and asking employees to do more, the expansion of senior college administrator positions seems particularly misdirected. We have expressed our objection. The organizational focus, in our view, should be on continued growth in faculty and support positions, rather than the creation of additional layers of educational administration.

Steward Retirement/Union Elections

Last week the Local was informed by OPSEU that two stewards have retired: Pat Kennedy and Mark Stevens. We wish them well in their retirement and thank them for their service.

Pursuant to our Local Bylaws and the OPSEU Constitution, these vacancies must be filled through a by-election.  Beyond this, there are upcoming provincial meetings for which we will need to elect delegates. We recognize that you may be experiencing election fatigue with the number of recent elections in our Local.  Still, these positions need to be filled, and we are committed to implementing electronic voting as well as robust measures to ensure accurate voting lists. In order to participate in these upcoming votes, you will be required to provide the Local with your non-college e-mail address through a request that will come to your college account.

If you have any questions, please send them by email to COMMS@locallines.org or feel free to call us with your inquiries at (613) 727-4723 ext. 7716.

In solidarity,

Annette Bouzi, President
David Haley, First Vice-President
Enrico DeFrancesco, Second Vice-President
Shawn Pentecost, Treasurer
Judy Puritt, Secretary

Local 415 Election: Election for local stewards – Update

From Nelson Ross Laguna, OPSEU Staff Rep for Region 4, for immediate distribution… 

OPSEU Local 415 Election of Stewards – Update

Perth Campus (updated to include Room/Voting Times)

As previously communicated, there will be an election for one (1) steward position at the Perth Campus:

Date: Wednesday, November 20, 2019

Place/Time: Room 114, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Ottawa Campus

Additionally, there will be an election for 42 steward position at the Ottawa Campus:

Date: Wednesday, November 20, 2019

Place/Time: Union Faculty Office, C215B, from 8:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Note that the following members were initially nominees; however, they have since withdrawn their nominations:

·         Jeremy Anderson

·         Judy Flieler

·         Michele Zanetti

Nelson Ross Laguna

OPSEU Region 4 Rep and

Electoral Officer for Local 415

Today’s Election

Hello sisters and brothers

I would like to thank all of the members for participating in today’s election.  With 360 ballots cast, your new 2nd Vice President is Annette Bouzi.

Thank you sisters and brothers for your patience today and Diane Brule office administrator for all of her assistance.

 

In solidarity,

 

Nelson Ross Laguna

Staff Representative

Ontario Public Service Employees Union

Ottawa, On

18447651416 ext 5445

 

By-Election for Second Vice President – OPSEU Local 415 – Personal Biographies of Nominees

As previously communicated, there will be a by-election for the Second Vice President of OPSEU Local 415 at all three campuses. In order to better acquaint you with each of the nominees, they were asked to provide personal biographies to be sent out to all full-time and partial-load faculty.

The attachment contains the personal biographies of the two nominees.

•             Annette Bouzi

•             Tracy Henderson

 The by-election will be held as follows on Wednesday March 13, 2019:

 – Ottawa Campus: Union Faculty Office, C215B, from 8:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

 – Pembroke Campus: Room 122, from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

 – Perth Campus: Room 108, from 8:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. (Note: Room change)

All full-time and partial-load faculty who are members of the union are eligible to vote. We always welcome new members into OPSEU and membership forms will be available if you are not already a member and wish to sign up.

 —

OPSEU Local 415 Communications Officer

Reminder – OPSEU Local 415 2nd VP Election March 13, 2019 (Note Perth Campus Room Change)

Sisters and brothers,

Local 415 will be conducting an election for the 2nd Vice Presidents position. As you may recall the local held a by-election on December 5th, however I was unable to determine a successful candidate in the election due to inaccuracies on the voters list provided to the Union by the Employer. Then, because of adverse weather conditions, the rescheduled election of February 13, 2019 was cancelled.

Due to these unfortunate events, the local will be conducting another election on March 13th, 2019.

In order to prevent the same issue of inaccurate lists I will be confirming members who are partial load or who are unsure of their status at the polling station. If you are partial load or believe you are partial load at the time of the vote in order to confirm you are in good standing with the local, you will be required to provide your pay statement to show Union dues deductions as well as hours worked. Your pay statement will need to show your name and employee number as well. If you wish to blackout other areas, you may. If you are partial load or believe you are partial load and you do not provide a pay statement, I will have to segregate your ballot and then confirm your status afterwards which may take days or weeks.

The process will be as usual for all other members who require to be a signed member of the Union in order to vote. If you have not signed a union membership card you can do so at the polling station.

The two candidates for the election are:

  • Annette Bouzi
  • Tracy Henderson

 The by-election will be held as follows on Wednesday March 13, 2019:

 – Ottawa Campus: Union Faculty Office, C215B, from 8:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

 – Pembroke Campus: Room 122, from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

 – Perth Campus: Room 108, from 8:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. (Room change)

All full-time and partial-load faculty who are members of the union are eligible to vote.

In solidarity

Nelson Ross Laguna

OPSEU Region 4 Rep and

Electoral Officer for Local 415

 

OPSEU Local 415 2nd VP Election March 13, 2019

Sisters and brothers,

Local 415 will be conducting an election for the 2nd Vice Presidents position. As you may recall the local held a by-election on December 5th, however I was unable to determine a successful candidate in the election due to inaccuracies on the voters list provided to the Union by the Employer. Then, because of adverse weather conditions, the rescheduled election of February 13, 2019 was cancelled.

Due to these unfortunate events, the local will be conducting another election on March 13th, 2019.

In order to prevent the same issue of inaccurate lists I will be confirming members who are partial load or who are unsure of their status at the polling station. If you are partial load or believe you are partial load at the time of the vote in order to confirm you are in good standing with the local, you will be required to provide your pay statement to show Union dues deductions as well as hours worked. Your pay statement will need to show your name and employee number as well. If you wish to blackout other areas, you may. If you are partial load or believe you are partial load and you do not provide a pay statement, I will have to segregate your ballot and then confirm your status afterwards which may take days or weeks.

The process will be as usual for all other members who require to be a signed member of the Union in order to vote. If you have not signed a union membership card you can do so at the polling station.

The two candidates for the election are:

  • Annette Bouzi
  • Tracy Henderson

The by-election will be held as follows on Wednesday March 13, 2019:

– Ottawa Campus: Union Faculty Office, C215B, from 8:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

– Pembroke Campus: Room 122, from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

– Perth Campus: Room 101, from 8:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

All full-time and partial-load faculty who are members of the union are eligible to vote.

In solidarity

 

Nelson Ross Laguna

OPSEU Region 4 Rep and

Electoral Officer for Local 415

Local 415 By election to be rescheduled

Sisters and brothers,

Please be advised that due to an aggressive snow storm due to take place on Tuesday February 12th and Wednesday February 13th, for the health and safety of OPSEU local 415 members and OPSEU staff, I have decided to cancel the election scheduled for Wednesday February 13th. Some members and staff raised concerns in regards to the weather especially for our members living and working in rural areas.

“OPP detachments throughout Renfrew County put out a request on Twitter that the public postpone any unnecessary travel due to poor weather conditions and reduced/zero visibility. They listed the most affected areas as Eganville, Cobden, Horton, Admaston/Bromley and Pembroke”.

I will be rescheduling the election in the coming days. Please stay tuned for a new date.

 

In solidarity,

Nelson Ross Laguna

Nelson Ross Laguna

Staff Representative

Ontario Public Service Employees Union

Ottawa,On

18447651416 ext 5445 (office)

613-324-4174                (cell)

By-Election for Second Vice President – OPSEU Local 415 – Personal Biographies of Nominees

As previously communicated, there will be a by-election for the Second Vice President of OPSEU Local 415 at all three campuses. In order to better acquaint you with each of the nominees, they were asked to provide personal biographies to be sent out to all full-time and partial-load faculty.

The attachment contains the personal biographies of the two nominees.

  • Annette Bouzi
  • Tracy Henderson

The by-election will be held as follows on Wednesday February 13, 2019:

– Ottawa Campus: Union Faculty Office, C215B, from 8:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

– Pembroke Campus: Room 216, from 8:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. and Room 334 from 1 p.m. to 3 pm.

– Perth Campus: Room 101, from 8:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

 

All full-time and partial-load faculty who are members of the union are eligible to vote. We always welcome new members into OPSEU and membership forms will be available if you are not already a member and wish to sign up.

OPSEU Local 415 Communications Officer

OPSEU Local 415 2nd VP Election 13 February 2019

Sisters and brothers,

Local 415 will be conducting an election for the 2nd Vice Presidents position. As you may recall the local held a by-election on December 5th, however I was unable to determine a successful candidate in the election due to inaccuracies on the voters list provided to the Union by the Employer. Due to this unfortunate event, the local will be conducting another election on February 13th, 2019.

In order to prevent the same issue of inaccurate lists I will be confirming members who are partial load or who are unsure of their status at the polling station. If you are partial load or believe you are partial load at the time of the vote in order to confirm you are in good standing with the local, you will be required to provide your pay statement to show Union dues deductions as well as hours worked. Your pay statement will need to show your name and employee number as well. If you wish to blackout other areas, you may. If you are partial load or believe you are partial load and you do not provide a pay statement, I will have to segregate your ballot and then confirm your status afterwards which may take days or weeks.

The process will be as usual for all other members who require to be a signed member of the Union in order to vote. If you have not signed a union membership card you can do so at the polling station.

The two candidates for the election are:

  • Annette Bouzi
  • Tracy Henderson

The by-election will be held as follows on Wednesday February 13, 2019:

– Ottawa Campus: Union Faculty Office, C215B, from 8:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

– Pembroke Campus: Room 216, from 8:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. and Room 334 from 1 p.m. to 3 pm.

– Perth Campus: Room 101, from 8:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

All full-time and partial-load faculty who are members of the union are eligible to vote.

In solidarity

Nelson Ross Laguna
OPSEU Region 4 Rep and
Electoral Officer for Local 415

2nd VP by-election

Sisters and Brothers,

I wanted to let everyone know that I have been unable to confirm a successful candidate for the position of 2nd Vice President of your by-election held on December 5th. After a very close result there were some irregularities due to inaccurate membership lists provided by the College. The college has an obligation to provide the local with a verified list which occurred in time for the election, however we found inaccuracies late in the day before the voting closed and that has resulted in an inability to confirm a successful candidate. The issue is that some partial load staff appeared as sessional and some sessional staff appeared as partial load.

I have no choice but to render this election void and to re-run an election in February. I will work with the local to create a new system of verification to ensure the College’s verified list is in fact accurate. I will notify everyone of that new process before the next election.

Thank you to everyone for participating.

Have a happy holiday season and I will see you in 2019.

in Solidarity,

Nelson Ross Laguna

 

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