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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As promised, you will find guidance on the Phase 1 of our Work-to-Rule labour action here. Because a labour disruption is in nobody’s best interest, we were particularly disappointed to see the CEC impose terms and conditions on Monday. If no settlement is reached, Phase 1 will begin tomorrow, December 18, at 12:01 AM. Faculty members are asked to follow the guidelines, which include these actions and more:

  • Continue to focus on student needs and supporting their learning.
  • Document the actual time spent on all tasks. Toggl is a free app to support this.
  • Maintain contact with the Local and attend union meetings to stay informed.
  • Request a revised SWF for Winter 2022 if your instructional delivery or other conditions have changed.

You will also find a Work-to-Rule FAQ here. The FAQ addresses general questions about this phase.

This morning, the college announced plans to change instructional delivery in January. While we are pleased to see the college take a positive step to protect our working-learning community, this last-minute pivot will require additional work for many of us. We advise all affected faculty to seek a revised SWF with additional hours because of this change.

Provincially, 59% of faculty supported a strike mandate. Locally, our support for labour action was lower and you can find Local 415’s results here. This is comparable to other years, including 2010 when our local results were almost identical.

We understand that there is discomfort with the current bargaining situation. I have urged President Brulé to encourage the College Employer Council to return to the bargaining table so that negotiations can continue in earnest. The union has always felt that is where a settlement ought to be reached.

In early January, expect another bargaining information session to answer your questions and address any concerns. If you need support before then, please contact COMMS@locallines.org for help.

In solidarity, 

Annette Bouzi
President, OPSEU Local 415

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