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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Dear Members,

This fall is an election year for Local 415. Our elections are held in two stages.

First is the election of stewards. Stewards are nominated and elected by members of their campus location. Attached is a steward nomination form. If an equal or smaller number of stewards are nominated than allotted, stewards will be acclaimed. The acclaimed or elected stewards constitute the Local Executive Committee (LEC). If a steward election is needed, you will receive another notice for a November 26th election.

The second stage is the election of officers: President, 1st Vice-President, 2nd Vice-President, Chief Steward, Secretary, and Treasurer. To be eligible for nomination as an officer, you must be a current steward.

The number of stewards is determined by the number of union members on each campus. For the upcoming term, the numbers are as follows:

  • Pembroke: 2
  • Perth: 1
  • Woodroffe: 43
  • Total: 46

 The term of office is January 1, 2022 to December 31, 2023.

 Six Good Reasons to Run for Steward:

  1. No experience is necessary to become a steward, and you will learn a great deal. Your learning will be supported by experienced members on the Local Executive, to whom you can refer any questions or problems.
  2. Being a steward is not a major time commitment – minimally, one two-hour meeting per month and availability to answer or refer your colleagues’ questions. Beyond that, your level of involvement is up to you.
  3. As a steward, you will be actively involved in Local decision-making.
  4. Being a steward is informative: at our monthly meetings, you will hear from other stewards what is going on in other parts of the college.
  5. As a steward, you will earn the gratitude of your departmental colleagues who may come to you for assistance.
  6. As a steward, you will assist in building a strong organization to advocate for faculty.

Completed nomination forms must be sent to comms@locallines.org by 12 noon on Friday, November 19, 2021.

In solidarity,

Ceceil P. Beckford
OPSEU Staff Representative/Negotiator
Local 415 Election Officer

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