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Social Media Day of Action for Contract Faculty – February 28

Dear faculty and allies,

 

February 28 is the Social Media Day of Action for Fairness for Contract Faculty in partnership with our university colleagues at the Ontario Coalition University Faculty Associations (OCUFA). The goal is to ensure that the issues of precarious work and fairness for contract faculty are trending on social media platforms in a positive manner as faculty, students, staff, and supporters across Ontario continue to work together as allies. This year’s day of action will be of particular importance as we will be using the momentum generated by Bill 148 and our fall strike to build more support for contract faculty in the lead-up to the provincial election in June. 

The political goal of the day will be to get as many people as possible to tweet and post Facebook messages to their provincial election candidates. The messages will highlight priorities for contract faculty at our institutions, the need to implement the equal pay for equal work provisions in Bill 148, how precarity for contract faculty can affect the quality of education, and where we go from here. 

To be as effective as possible, you can direct messages, not just to your local candidates/MPPs, but also to your college Board (where possible) and/or your college president, as well as your college’s Twitter or Facebook page. You can also direct tweets to your college’s @SpottedatOurCollege account, which are very popular with students and could help broaden our social media reach and build more support. Feel free to also take selfies sending messages of support to contract faculty. 

See the attached graphics as well as a list of possible social media contacts for all colleges. Graphics  Contacts 

 

 

SAMPLE TWEETS

 

Here are a few sample tweets, but please feel free to mix and match and come up with your own! (Remember to replace anything highlighted in yellow with information specific to your or your institution):

 

Hey @Candidate, #Bill148 improved minimum wage provisions, unionization, & leave provisions for many workers, but doesn’t address abuse of fixed-term contracts at our colleges. Will you commit to supporting contract faculty? #StandWithFaculty

 

Hey @President/@BoardChair, will you #DoTheRightThing and implement fairness for contract faculty? #StandWithFaculty

 

Taught X courses for X years with no job security. @YourCollege should treat its contract faculty with fairness and respect! @BoardChair @Candidate #Fairness4CF #StandWithFaculty

 

Hey @YourCollege, I work alongside my contract colleagues who are doing the same work. Contract Faculty deserve equity. #Fairness4CF

 

Hey @President/@BoardChair, you were in favour of an executive compensation framework to bring equity to your senior executives’ pay. How about fairness for Contract Faculty? #Fairness4CF

 

Ontario college students deserve the best education possible. Full-time faculty hiring should correspond with enrolment growth. @Candidate @BoardChair #Fairness4CF #StandWithFaculty

 

Poor working conditions for teachers hurt students, institutions, and communities. #Bill148 has not done enough for our contract faculty. @PoliticalCandidate, will you stand up for precariously employed college workers? #Fairness4CF #StandWithFaculty

 

Hey @SpottedatOurCollege, shout out to all my colleagues working on contract while supporting their students and families! #Fairness4CF #StandWithFaculty

 

@SpottedatOurCollege Shout out to all the contract professors teaching valuable and necessary programs!  #Fairness4CF

 

Hey @President/@BoardChair, I’ve committed to my college; why won’t you commit to me. #Fairness4CF #DoTheRightThing

 

And, sample Facebook posts (remember to replace anything highlighted in yellow with information specific to your or your institution):

 

It’s time for fairness for contract faculty at @YourCollegeFacebookPage! Contract faculty deserve equal pay for work of equal value, job security, and access to benefits.

 

Our students deserve the full attention of faculty who have equal pay for their work. It is time for fairness at @YourCollegeFacebookPage!

 

Treating Ontario’s college contract faculty fairly should be an automatic. It’s time to #DoTheRightThing here @YourCollegeFacebookPage!

 

Graphics will be sent when ready for your use on social media.

  

All faculty members, students, staff, and members of the community at Ontario universities and colleges are invited to participate. Allies who want to join in should make sure they use the hashtags:

#StandWithFaculty,

#Fairness4CF

#DoTheRightThing

 

 

In solidarity,

 

The CAAT-Academic  Divisional Executive

LEC

Toronto Star Article on Precarious Jobs at Ontario Colleges‌​

Here is a link to a recent Toronto Star article: Ontario campuses see increase in precarious jobs, study shows

http://google.com/newsstand/s/CBIwgKz00zc

Notice of OPSEU Local 415 Faculty Union General Meeting – Thursday, January 18, 2018

There will be a General Meeting of the Faculty Union on Thursday, January 18, 2018 in the Woodroffe Campus Staff Dining Room, 4 – 6 pm.

 

Please find  the agenda here .

 


OPSEU Local 415 Communications Officer

Statement of Solidarity with Ontario College Faculty members in Bargaining September 20,2017

The Cross-Campus Alliance at York University sends its solidarity to the 12,000 members of the Ontario Public Service Employees Union  (OPSEU)’s College Academic Division who are currently in bargaining with their employer, College Employer Council.

 

Attached is their letter of support which calls upon the College Employer Council to bargain in good faith and meet the fair demands of the college faculty. The letter also contains a link for a petition, addressed to the Legislative Assembly of Ontario, to improve the learning and teaching environment of Ontario’s public colleges.

 

Pat Kennedy, President

OPSEU Local 415

CAC Nomination

Nominations are now open for faculty reps on the College Academic Council for the 2017-19 academic years. One person is required from each of the following areas:

Academic Access

Heritage Institute

Language Institute

Police and Public Safety Institute

School of Health and Community Studies

School of Hospitality and Tourism

Commitment is one meeting a month ( late on a Monday afternoon) with credit on your SWF.

Attached here is the nomination form should be submitted to the union office C215B by noon Friday May 12.In the event there is more than one nomination in an area, there will be an election May 17-18.

For more information , contact Jack Wilson at 7716.

Twitter day of action to support fairness for contract faculty

On March 3, faculty,students,staff and concerned citizens from across Ontario will engage in a day of action on Twitter to raise awareness about the need for fairness for contract faculty.

Throughout the day, university and college community members will be invited to send their Board of Governors or Employee Council (should be Colleges Ontario)  a message about their priorities for the institution,including improving contract faculty working conditions and the quality of education offered to students.

Ontario college faculty and supporters should send your messaged to the College Employer Council (again, Colleges Ontario) and its chair, Linda Franklin and Minister of Advanced Education for the Ontario government, Deb. Matthews:                                                                                @lindaFranlinCO/@CollegesOntario/@Deb_Matthews the hashtag to use is #frairness4CF hashtag on Twitter

 

Fall 2016 Semester: Survey results

Here are the results of survey of Local 415 faculty regarding Fall 2016 semester

https://locallines.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/02/OPSEU-415-Survey-Results-on-Fall-2016-Semester.pdf

Feedback on proposed salary increases for senior executives at Algonquin

The Algonquin Board of Governors is proposing a wage framework for senior executives ( president and vice presidents) which could see wage increases of up to 39% for the college president and from 22 to 33% for college vice presidents. By contrast, average wage increases for full-time faculty for the past three years have been 1.5%.

Link here to the Ottawa Citizen article on the proposed increase pay rates for senior executives

Algonquin College president’s pay could soar as public sector executives salary freeze ends

Read here the Local’s press release on the issue

Note here is the link to the college website where you can provide anonymous feedback until February 1st on the Propose Executive Compensation Program-Board of Governors 

Niagara College under fire for Saudi Campus

Read the article http://www.chch.com/niagara-colleges-saudi-arabian-campus-coming-fire-yet/

 

Happy Halloween

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