OPSEU Local 415

OPSEU Local 415 is the democratically-run body that represents Algonquin College full-time and partial-load faculty (professors and instructors), cousellors, and librarians.

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We hope that your academic year is off to a smooth start.

Local 415 recently held two successful general membership meetings (June and September), where faculty were invited to ask questions, voice concerns and vote on issues. Among the issues voted on was a reduction in dues, which you should have seen on your September 2 pay. Also, in a solid show of engagement, many new faculty were elected to represent our Local at upcoming regional and provincial meetings.

Below you will find some key updates from Local 415.

Bargaining: As announced by the Bargaining Team on Monday, we expect that the arbitration award forming our new collective agreement will be delivered shortly. Once it is published, we will hold information sessions on the changes.

Multi-modal delivery: While the college continues to press its multi-modal agenda, our advice to members remains consistent. Like any work, it must be on a SWF or employment contract. As a union, we are not opposed to the work, we are opposed to doing it without appropriate resources and credit. Please help us safeguard our rights by not giving away your time. If you would like to discuss this, please reach out.

Policy AA 13 – Evaluation of Student Learning: The college recently updated AA13. The policy was approved by the college in June and then posted shortly thereafter. Many faculty were surprised at the changes and lack of authentic consultation. The Local pushed back on this point and the college recognized that implementing the policy over the summer did not provide enough time for communication and changes to expectations for the fall. As such, the policy implementation is suspended until Winter 2023.

Masks: The college has informed the union that masks continue to be available to all faculty. However, not all departments have broadly communicated this information. If you would like to wear a mask while on campus, the Local has several, made-in-Canada K-N95 masks available for pickup at the union office, Room C215B.  We also have signage available that you can put on your office door, inviting people to mask when they are in your workspace.

Survey: Local 415 would like to hear from you. We invite you to take a moment to reply to our Local’s brief survey found here.

As ever, if you have questions or comments, please drop by the union office, e-mail comms@locallines.org or call us at (613) 727-4723 extension 7716.

In solidarity,

Your Local 415 Leadership Team
Annette Bouzi, President
Judy Puritt, First Vice-President
Ala’ Qadi, Second Vice-President
Tracy Henderson, Chief Steward
Martin Lee, Secretary
Shawn Pentecost, Treasurer

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