Official Website for OPSEU Local 415

February Update

As we continue to keep strict adherence to government guidelines with remote teaching and greatly reduced special on-campus classes the norm, please see a few Local updates below:

Successful Demand Setting Meeting & Next Steps
Last Thursday’s Demand Setting Meeting was a success. More than 100 members attended our online meeting and many took the virtual floor to speak to issues they would like to see improved or changed in our Collective Agreement. 

If you have not seen a copy of the top ten issues, as voted on by Local 415 members, you can request a copy via opseu415office@locallines.org

Rest assured, every issue brought forward by members at last Thursday’s meeting was heard by our Bargaining Team who will advocate for all members at the negotiation table.

All 24 college locals are having similar demand setting meetings throughout February. The demands put forward by each of the 24 locals will be debated and discussed at our provincial demand set meeting, scheduled for April. The six delegates elected by stewards to represent Local 415 at that meeting are: Martin Lee, Judy Puritt, Ken Hill, Shawn Pentecost, as well as Tracy Henderson (as our Divisional Executive representative) and Annette Bouzi (as local president). 

Spring/Summer Annual Leave
On Friday, the College released a memo regarding faculty annual leave for this Spring/Summer term. We view the college’s new approach as an improvement because of its commitment to prioritizing faculty preference, without the rigidity of requiring full-time faculty available across the entire term.

As seniority can play a significant role in the determination of the annual leave period, our advice is to verify the accuracy of your place on the seniority list posted on the college website. If you note any inaccuracies, communicate them to the college and copy COMMS@locallines.org as soon as possible.

Please communicate your preference of annual leave period to your manager for the Spring/Summer term, even if you have previously done so. If your request is denied, please contact the union office for advice.

Current Workload
As a reminder, faculty have the right to a revised SWF at any point in the semester, if the current SWF is no longer a reflection of your actual workload. For instance, reasons to ask your manager to re-issue a SWF could include increased class size than indicated on your SWF or complimentary functions taking more time than provided for on your SWF.

For questions about your workload at any time, please contact the Local at COMMS@locallines.org and a member of the Workload Monitoring Group will get back to you.

In solidarity,
OPSEU Local 415

February 4 Demand Setting & 2021 Bargaining Video #1

This is a friendly reminder that our Local Demand Setting meeting is scheduled for 4 PM this Thursday, February 4th. If you haven’t yet registered, please register for the meeting providing your non-college e-mail account here.

To learn more about the 2021 bargaining process, please watch this video prepared by stewards of our Local.

We hope to see you on Thursday.

In solidarity,
OPSEU Local 415

Local 415 Demand Setting Meeting

Please join us Thursday, February 4 from 4 to 6 p.m. for our Local 415 Demand Setting Meeting. This meeting is a critical opportunity for you to have your voice heard as we set priorities for the 2021 round of collective bargaining. There are some key steps to this process:

  • Please be sure you have completed the General Membership Bargaining Survey that was e-mailed to you last week. The deadline for completion of that survey was extended to 5 p.m. on Tuesday, January 26.
  • Please review your e-mail for this COMMS message. It will include a link for you to follow and sign up for the Local Demand Setting meeting. That e-mail includes a copy of the agenda and an opportunity to register with a non-college e-mail address. Please register by 2 p.m. on Thursday, February 4.
  • If you require an accommodation to fully participate in this meeting, please contact us to advise of any specific requirements.  

The panel for the meeting will consist of the following people:

  • Annette Bouzi, President – Local 415
  • Rebecca Ward, President – Local 732 (Confederation College) & 2021 CAAT-A Bargaining Team member
  • Shawn Pentecost, Treasurer – Local 415 & 2021 CAAT-A Bargaining Team member
  • Tracy Henderson, Local 415 Steward & CAAT-A Divisional Executive Representative
  • Martin Lee, Local 415 Steward & CAAT-A Bargaining Advisory Team Representative
  • Judy Puritt, Secretary – Local 415
  • Laura Rashotte, Office Administrator – Local 415

We hope to see you there. Remember – our voice is our vote!

In solidarity,
OPSEU Local 415

Partial Load W’21 Welcome

Happy New Year and Welcome to Winter 2021! In case you are new Partial-Load (PL), please let me introduce myself, Martin Lee, as your Partial-Load Liaison steward. I can be reached via COMMS@locallines.org

Contract Faculty felt the weight of 2020 in very particular ways: we heard you. This year, as we enter bargaining, we need to hear from each one of you and remain connected. At Algonquin College, PL faculty make up a full third of our Local 415 membership, and your issues are extremely important to us. Precarious work remains a focus of our advocacy. For example, during the last round of bargaining (2017), the PL Registry was created. In this round, we’re now in a position to work on strengthening that Registry.

How can you get involved? First, make sure your voice has been heard via the bargaining survey. If you missed last week’s email about the survey, you can request a new link via the COMMS@locallines.org e-mail until 5 p.m. on Tuesday, January 26.

Local 415 is scheduling a session to discus bargaining on February 4 at 4 PM. You will receive an email with more details of this in the coming days.

What is happening province-wide? There is a provincial PL meeting, scheduled for 6 p.m. on Tuesday, January 26. Please attend and stay informed.

You will get an update on the process of bargaining, you will hear about PL organizing efforts, and you will be introduced to the PL Bargaining Advisory Committee (BAC). You will also be able to ask questions and raise concerns during that meeting.

Topic: Partial Load Provincial Open House

Time: Jan 26, 2021 06:00 PM Montreal (Zoom-link was sent to your e-mail. If you did not receive an e-mail or link, please contact COMMS@locallines.org)

Please try to enjoy the semester, despite COVID. Stay warm, and keep in touch.

Yours,
Martin Lee
OPSEU 415 PL Liaison Steward

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

Saving our Services: Stopping the cuts to Ottawa

This message is being sent to all of OPSEU Local 415 on behalf of the Ottawa Health Coalition.

As citizens of the greater Ottawa with an interest in quality health services for our families and ourselves, all of us should be concerned about proposed cuts to the Ottawa Hospital. As well, as faculty we have an interest in ensuring our students have good job opportunities upon graduation.

Please consider participating in one of the following:

Public Meeting Thursday February 28,2013 7:00-9:00 pm Southminster United Church 15 Aylmer Ave.(near Colonel By Dr. exit and Bank St.) Ottawa

S.O.S. Save Our Services Rally! Monday, March 04,2013 4:00-6:00 pm Ottawa Hospital, Civic Campus, 1053 Carling Ave. Ottawa

For more details concerning the proposed cuts, please read here.

Pat Kennedy

President OPSEU Local 415