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Perth Result

Hello sisters and brothers,

I would like to announce that Pat Murphy has been elected as the steward at the Perth campus. 

Thank you to all members who participated.

In solidarity,

Nelson Ross Laguna
Staff Representative
Ontario Public Service Employees Union
Ottawa Regional Office

Local working with college to address Workday data issues

After weeks of meeting, I reached out to Claude Brule, and suggested that the Local lend its expertise in dealing with data to assist the college in identifying and correcting problems.

The Local and the college have committed to working together to address a number of serious issues that have come to light because of the problems with Workday.

David Haley (1st VP), JP Lamarche (Chief Steward), and the Local’s office administrator, Diane Brule, will be working closely with their college counterparts to assess and correct problems with data that affects employee classification, sick leave, union dues, pension, benefits, partial-load registry, seniority, and eligibility for job competitions.

Correct data is especially important for full-time members of the bargaining unit in terms of program costing, and employment stability issues at the College Employment Stability Committee (CESC).

We’re hopeful that this collaboration will help in identifying existing errors, and preventing future errors from occurring. I’ll update you as the process progresses.

Pat Kennedy,

President, Local 415

OPSEU Local 415 Steward Election – Perth Campus – Friday January 31, 2020

Sisters and brothers,

Local 415 will be conducting an election for one steward position at the Perth Campus. As you may recall the local held an election on November 20th, however I was unable to determine a successful candidate in the election because we had at least one person believed to be a member vote who was not eligible. After I checked their status with the college, the college confirmed the error and stated there were more errors because of inaccuracies on the voters list provided by to the Union by the Employer.

Due to these unfortunate events, the local will be conducting another election on January 31st, 2020.

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.

Date: Friday, January 31, 2020

– Perth Campus: Room 101, from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

 The following members were nominated:

  • Michael Bays
  • Pat Murphy

Note that should any of the nominees wish to withdraw their nomination prior to the election, they should contact me directly via email ( to do so.

All Perth Campus full-time faculty 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

Workday Problems – Review of Partial Load Sick Leave Hours

Given the numerous problems with Workday, we are asking all non-full time faculty who were partial-load in the fall of 2019, or who think they were partial-load, to make an appointment to come by the union office (C215b) to review sick leave hours on Workday.

Partial-load faculty earn sick leave hours per month based on the number of teaching contact hours. These hours also carry over from semester to semester.

It would be helpful to bring your laptop in order to review this information. Please contact the union office at ext. 7716 and ask for Tracy Henderson.

Pat Kennedy

President, Local 415

Employee Engagement Survey

The college has extended the deadline for the Employee Engagement Survey to December 17th.

We would encourage you to complete the survey, as this is an opportunity for you to provide feedback to the college about a variety of topics contained in the survey.

Pat Kennedy                                     Enrico De Francesco
President, Local 415                       Board of Governors Faculty

Workday problems with partial-load sick leave hours

Further to the e-mail that I sent you regarding Workday problems with pension and union deductions, we have now discovered problems with partial-load sick leave hours. As the college has not provided us with a list of names of partial-load faculty who may be affected, we would ask you to review your pay statements and sick leave on Workday to check for inconsistencies.

Please feel free to contact the union office at extension #7716 for assistance in reviewing your documents, and to discuss next steps if applicable.

Additionally, you should be aware that David Haley and I met with the CAAT Pension Plan Chief Financial Officer at the college today and discussed various issues regarding our pension plan.

Pat Kennedy

President, Local 415

College audit of union dues and pension plan contributions

Last week, I received the two attached memos from the college advising me that the Workday system has been either over-deducting, or under-deducting (or possible not deducting) union dues and/or pension contributions for many members. The memos outline the number of full-time faculty impacted. They also state that the number of other than full-time staff impacted is “unknown”.

As pension sponsor, I contacted David Haley, who is a pension trustee, and we contacted CAAT Pension and informed them of the irregularities related to pension contributions.  I have been in touch with Derek Dobson, CEO and plan manager of the pension plan to advise him of the issue as well.

I have also communicated with Smokey Thomas, president of OPSEU, and Nelson Ross Laguna, OPSEU staff representative about the union dues issue. 

These are serious issues for our members. The memos do not address the impact on benefits, or the partial-load registry. I’ve asked the college to clarify the status of these employees, and the college is currently working on the issue.

The Local is engaged with the college, OPSEU and CAAT Pension in resolving these issues. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact the union office at extension #7716.

Pat Kennedy,

President, Local 415

Local 415 Election Update

Sisters and brothers

Due to a voter irregularity at the Perth campus, that campus will have to re run its election as I am unable to determine a successful candidate. We had at least one person believed to be a member vote who was not eligible. After I checked their status with the college, the college confirmed the error and stated there are more. I will reschedule the Perth campus steward election soon. I am waiting for the college to finish their investigation into the matter. 

Because of this delay the officers election on December 11th will have to be cancelled and run in the new year. 

I apologize for the delay in this messaging as I am currently on vacation.

In solidarity

Nelson Ross Laguna

Staff Representative

Ontario Public Service Employees Union 

Ottawa On

Office 18002687376 ext 5445

Cell 6133244174

Outsourcing update

As a follow up to my previous e-mail regarding outsourcing, the attached memorandum was sent to me last week. It now appears that a seventh college has jumped on board.

Outsourcing, the change to the funding model, and the moving of apprenticeship to the Ministry of Labour were all discussed on the most recent CAAT Academic Divisional meeting and were given high priority moving forward.

I will keep providing you with updates and new information as it becomes available.

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Pat Kennedy,

President, Local 415

Local 415 Election: Election for local stewards – Ottawa Campus Results

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

Subject: Local 415 Election: Election for local stewards – Ottawa Campus Results

Hello sisters and brothers

 I would like to thank all of the members for participating in the November 20, 2019 election.

 Ottawa Campus

The following 42 members were elected as Stewards:

  • Ala’ Qadi
  • Annette Bouzi
  • Bill Roberts
  • Carmen Hust
  • Carolyn Côté
  • Carolyn MacIsaac
  • Chinedu Mba
  • Colette Garvin
  • Dan Anderson
  • David Haley
  • Don Moen
  • Elizabeth Von Moos
  • Enrico Defrancesco
  • Howard Kravitz
  • Jérôme Mizon
  • John Cloutier
  • John Cochrane
  • Jordan Berard
  • JP Lamarche
  • Judy Puritt
  • Ken Hill
  • Landyn Blais
  • Leslie Wyman
  • Lisa Roots
  • Louise Boudreault
  • Maria Taylor
  • Mark Stevens
  • Martin Lee
  • Michael Nauth
  • Pat Kennedy
  • Patsy Pyke
  • Rebecca Wakelin
  • Richard Hagemeyer
  • Richard McParland
  • Saif Terai
  • Scott Fewer
  • Sean Edwards
  • Sharleen Conrad-Beatty
  • Sharon Lightfoot
  • Stephen Murphy
  • Steve Neumann
  • Tracy Henderson

In solidarity,

Nelson Ross Laguna

Staff Representative

Ontario Public Service Employees Union

Ottawa, On

18447651416 ext 5445

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