Official Website for OPSEU Local 415

Protect Yourself

There have been recent cases where college policy AA 32 Use of Electronic Devices in Class (attached), specifically paras 8 and 9, is not being enforced by the college.

  1. Audio and video recordings of classroom lectures or activities must be approved by the classroom professor or instructor prior to the beginning of the scheduled session. Recordings may only be used for individual study of materials presented during class and may not be published or distributed without the consent of the professor or instructor. Videos that contain images of other students may not be published or distributed without the consent of all students depicted in the video.  Intentional misuse of mobile computing devices or recordings, or intentional misrepresentation when requesting the use of a device for recording, shall constitute a violation of this policy.  
  1. Disciplinary actions will be taken against students making unauthorized use of mobile computing devices in class under policy AA 18 Academic Discipline.

Rather, in several cases, the college is using students’ unauthorized recordings as the basis for initiating disciplinary action against faculty. 

Noteworthy is that the college president will not confirm that the college enforces its own policies.

 

Pat Kennedy, President

OPSEU Local 415

 

Results of By-Election for First Vice President – OPSEU Local 415

As the electoral officer for Local 415, I am pleased to announce that the following person has been acclaimed as the First Vice President:

David Haley

 

Nelson Ross Laguna

OPSEU Region 4 Rep and

Electoral Officer for Local 415

 

2019 Winter SWFs

The issuing of SWFs for the next academic semester is once again upon us for 2019W.

If you have any SWF workload questions or issues, even for those who have already signed their 2019W SWFs, please don’t hesitate to contact the local, preferably using your private (non-Algonquin College) email account.

David Haley, WMG Co-Chair

OPSEU Local 415

Email: dhhaley.opseu415@gmail.com

 

Partial Load Teaching and Additional Contracts for Academic Work

If you have been teaching as a Partial Load teacher anytime during the past 2 – 3 years and have also had additional contracts for academic work, the local encourages you to contact the union office (7716) to make an appointment to have your workload reviewed to determine if you have a case for a “12 and 24” rollover that could result in a full-time position at the college.

 

Pat Kennedy, President

OPSEU Local 415

By-Election for First Vice President – OPSEU Local 415 – Call For Further Nominations

OPSEU Local 415 currently has an Executive Officer vacancy for the First Vice President. Any of the 30 stewards listed below are eligible to be nominated for this position.

The nomination form (see below) needs to be submitted to the Union Office (C215b) by noon, Wednesday, November 7, 2018.

Eligible stewards:

Ala’ Qadi, Andrew Tyler, Annette Bouzi, Audrey Rosa, Chinedu Mba, Dan Anderson, David Haley, David McCue, Enrico Defrancesco, Howard Kravitz, Ian Allen, JP Lamarche, Judy Flieler, Judy Puritt, Landyn Blais, Leslie Wyman, Louise Boudrealt, Maria Taylor, Martin Lee, Michael Nauth, Pat Kennedy, Patrick Murphy, Pauline Edmonds, Richard Hagemeyer, Scott Fewer, Sharleen Conrad-Beatty, Sharon Lightfoot, Shawn Pentecost, Tara Ettinger, Tracy Henderson

In the event there are more nominations than positions, an election will be held Wednesday, November 21, 2018.

 

Nelson Ross Laguna

OPSEU Region 4 Rep and

Electoral Officer for Local 415

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Nomination Form

I __________________ (name of nominator) nominate __________________(name of nominee)

for the position of First Vice President of OPSEU Local 415

__________________ (signature of nominator).

I accept ____________________ (signature of nominee).

Submit to the Faculty Union Office (C215b) by noon, Wednesday, November 7, 2018

Stand up for equal pay and restore the College Task Force!

This email is sent on behalf of RM Kennedy, Chair, CAAT-A Divex.

Friday November 2 Rally for Campus workers and students – say hands off $15 & Fairness!

This is on behalf of Ontario Confederation of University Faculty Associations (OCUFA)

Email:   mrajabi@ocufa.on.ca

[www.ocufa.on.ca]www.ocufa.on.ca

On October 23, the Doug Ford government introduced sweeping changes to the Employment Standard Act through Bill 47, that will inevitably have impacts on our working conditions. 

The changes that will most impact our University Community are the repeal of equal pay for equal work for “casual,” “part-time,” or “temporary worker” employee classifications. The abolition of these provisions in the Employment Standard Act will give rise to ever-growing precarious work on our campus and on campuses across our province. This could impact our ability to protect our minimum complement in our next round of collective bargaining, allowing the Central Administration to hire more contract-faculty on campus. This will also have a significant impact on our part-time and contract faculty colleagues and our teaching and research assistants. Our workload and working conditions are intimately tied to that of our colleagues, for this reason, changes being introduced in Bill 47 are cause for great concern. 

Furthermore, Bill 47 chips away at existing protections against sex-based pay discrimination. Specifically, it will prevent workers who believed they were victims of sex-based pay discrimination the right to ask their employer to correct discrepancies without the risk of facing reprisal.  

The Ontario Confederation of University Faculty Association (OCUFA), along with the APUO, the Carleton University Academic Staff Association (CUASA), and the Faculty Unions at Algonquin College and at La Cité, and Fight for $15 and Fairness are organizing a rally at the Minister of Training, Colleges and Universities Constituency Office at 10 a.m. on Friday November 2. We encourage all Members to join the rally and to invite their students to participate in this action.] 

Here is a summary of other notable changes introduced to the Employment Standard Act through Bill 47 that will impact members of the University Community: 

Minimum Wage:

  • Cancel the scheduled January 1 increase to $15/hour and freeze the minimum wage at $14/hour for the next 33 months. Minimum wage increases tied to inflation to restart in 2020.

Union Certification:

  • Replacing card-based union certification with a secret ballot vote.
  • Repealing rules that mandated an employer to share employee contact information during a union certification drive.
  • Removing employee protections who engage in a union certification drive.
  • Repeal the power of the Ontario Labour Relations Board to review and consolidate certified bargaining units.

Personal Emergency Leave:

  • Reintroduce the provisions that allow employers to require an employee to provide a medical note from a qualified health practitioner for taking sick days. 
  • 10 paid personal emergency days repealed to 3 unpaid days for sickness, 3 unpaid family emergency days, and 2 unpaid bereavement leave days.

Equal Pay for Equal Work:

  • Repealing equal pay for equal work for part-time, casual, temporary worker and assignment employee status (temporary help agency status).
  • Repealing the right of employees who believe they are victims of sex-based pay discrimination to ask their employer to correct these discrepancies.

Employer protection:

  • The government is reducing administrative penalties for employer-contravention to the Employment Standards Act. 

Rally November 2

10am – 11am

Outside Minister Fullerton’s office

240 Michael Cowpland Dr

Kanata, ON K2M 1P6

OPSEU Local 415 Communications Officer

Reminder – Register NOW on the Partial-Load Registry

One of the major gains from this round of bargaining is the Partial Load Registry that serves to prioritize the hiring of Partial Load employees who have registered their interest in being employed as a partial load employee in the following calendar year.

Partial-Load Registry Application Form – 2019 Calendar Year

All partial-load employees employed for all or part of the period from September 1 to December 31, 2017 will be deemed to have registered for the 2018-2019 academic year; however, by October 30th in each calendar year , a currently or previously employed partial-load employee must register their interest in being employed as a partial-load employee in the following calendar year.

 

Further employee information regarding the Partial-Load Registry may be found on the following college webpage:

http://www.algonquincollege.com/hr/pl-emp/

Register NOW on the Partial-Load Registry:

The college Partial-Load Registry Application Form for the 2019 Calendar Year is located at the following webpage:

http://www.algonquincollege.com/hr/pl-form/

Note that all requests to be added to the registry for the 2019 Calendar Year must come in before October 30th, 2018.

 

Pat Kennedy, President

OPSEU Local 415

 

Thousands Demand Doug Ford Disavow Health Care Privatization and Cuts

This important notice is forwarded from the Ontario Health Coalition

From: Ontario Health Coalition via OntarioHealthCoalition <ontariohealthcoalition@list.web.net>

Sent: Tuesday, October 23, 2018 9:52 PM

To: via OntarioHealthCoalition

Reply To: Ontario Health Coalition

 

Other Political Parties Respond Positively to Coalition’s Demand for Services to be Rebuilt & Restored

Toronto – “Hands Off Our Health Care” chanted a capacity crowd of an estimated 8,000 people who joined hands and encircled Queen’s Park today at the largest rally at the Ontario Legislature since Doug Ford became Premier earlier this year.

Natalie Mehra, executive director of the Ontario Health Coalition told the crowd that Premier Doug Ford had been invited to the rally to disavow plans for cuts and privatization.  Mr. Ford declined to attend and did not send the health minister and or anyone else in his stead. “In the short time since the provincial election, Doug Ford has cut OHIP+ and mental health funding,” Ms Mehra told the rally.  “And has released a major report calling for means testing, user fees and privatization of health care and other services.  This is intolerable.  Ontarians are demanding that Mr. Ford live up to his promises and expand and restore services, not privatize them.”

Doug Ford alone was the only political leader to not address the rally.

John Fraser, Interim Liberal Leader and Mike Schreiner, Leader of the Green Party pushed for more investment in the public health care system, not cuts.  The message being sent to the Ford government was clear, expand care not cuts.

“Families want to know that when a loved one needs to visit the hospital, they won’t be stuck in a hallway. They need to know that a long-term-care bed will be there for an aging parent,” said Andrea Horwath, NDP, Leader of the Official Opposition.

Patients and advocates called for improvements to health care and seniors care, hospital overcrowding and homecare, including reopening closed hospital beds, a long-term care minimum care standard of four hours per resident per day, and also that all new capacity in hospitals, long term care and community care to be built as pubic, non-profit services and not privatized.

Michael Hurley, President, OCHU/CUPE said, “The Ford government cut $377 million in funding from mental health and addictions. It’s $90 million in hospital surge funding replaces $187 million – so it is cutting $97 million. This government’s fiscal plans collide sharply with healthcare funding and we expect the closure of 3,000 hospital beds by the time the dust settles unless we push back hard. That is what we are firmly committed to do.

“Doug Ford did not mention privatization or health care cuts in the election.  He has no mandate for these, We will keep coming back in larger and larger numbers until the cuts are stopped and health care service are improved and expanded.” said OPSEU First Vice-President/Treasurer  Eddy Almeida.

“Premier Ford has to address the undeniable crisis in health care – patients are feeling it and health care workers are feeling it every day,” said Jerry Dias, Unifor National President. “Pre-election, Doug Ford promised to end hallway medicine, but instead he’s hired former B.C. Premier Gordon Campbell, who slashed health care in favour of privatization. Unifor is here to say hands off our health care.”

 

OPSEU Local 415 Communications Officer

 

 

 

By-Election for First Vice President – OPSEU Local 415

OPSEU Local 415 currently has an Executive Officer vacancy for the First Vice President. Any of the 30 stewards listed below are eligible to be nominated  for this position.

The nomination form (see below) needs to be submitted to the Union Office (C215b) by noon, Wednesday, November 7, 2018.

Eligible stewards:

Ala’ Qadi, Andrew Tyler, Annette Bouzi, Audrey Rosa, Chinedu Mba, Dan Anderson, David Haley, David McCue, Enrico Defrancesco, Howard Kravitz, Ian Allen, JP Lamarche, Judy Flieler, Judy Puritt, Landyn Blais, Leslie Wyman, Louise Boudrealt, Maria Taylor, Martin Lee, Michael Nauth, Pat Kennedy, Patrick Murphy, Pauline Edmonds, Richard Hagemeyer, Scott Fewer, Sharleen Conrad-Beatty, Sharon Lightfoot, Shawn Pentecost, Tara Ettinger, Tracy Henderson

In the event there are more nominations than positions, an election will be held Wednesday, November 21, 2018

 

Nelson Ross Laguna

OPSEU Region 4 Rep and

Electoral Officer for Local 415

 

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Nomination Form

 

I __________________ (name of nominator) nominate __________________(name of nominee)

 

for the position of First Vice President of OPSEU Local 415

 

__________________ (signature of nominator).

 

I accept ____________________ (signature of nominee).

 

Submit to the Faculty Union Office (C215b) by noon, Wednesday, November 7, 2018

 

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