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Bargaining Update – July 7 & 8

The bargaining team met with the College Employer Council’s bargaining team to discuss ground rules, set the tone for bargaining, and exchange initial proposals.
Union Opening Statement and Overview of Proposals
Employer Non-Monetary Proposals

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Bargaining Update: Online Learning

The latest video from the bargaining team can be found here and has been posted on the Bargaining 2021 page. In this video, they discuss the role of online learning in the public college system and how using it primarily as a means of efficiency, as college administrators are keen to do, undermines students’ learning needs.

Bargaining will begin with the College Employer Council on July 7th, and the team will be bargaining for better on behalf of all Ontario public college faculty members and students.

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Equity Town Hall and Indigenous Caucus

Equity Seeking Group Town Hall (via Zoom) with the Bargaining Team – June 25th, 10:00 – 11:30 am

We invite faculty (Professors, Counsellors, Librarians, Instructors) from equity seeking groups from all 24 colleges, to join us in a discussion focused on the barriers to access, opportunity and resources experienced in the college system. We would like to provide space to discuss our approach in the upcoming bargaining to ensure they represent your demands. We really hope you will join us, your input is essential.

*This event requires pre-registration at the link below.  The link to the Zoom meeting will be sent to the email you provide 1 hour before the event.
Equity Town Hall Registration Link: https://forms.gle/dw8ni3NAXPBLg9ke7

 Indigenous Caucus (via Zoom) with the Bargaining Team – June 28th, 12:00 – 1:30pm

We invite Indigenous faculty (Professors, Counsellors, Librarians, Instructors) from all 24 colleges, to join us in a discussion focussed on the barriers to access, opportunity and resources experienced by Indigenous faculty in the college system. We would like to discuss how our strategies and language in the upcoming bargaining can better represent First Nations, Metis and Inuit concerns. We really hope you will join us, your input is essential.

*This event requires pre-registration at the link below.  The link to the Zoom meeting will be sent to the email you provide 1 hour before the event.
Indigenous caucus registration link: https://forms.gle/bANMkNN229UZUSDx8

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Bargaining Update: Workload

The latest video from the bargaining team can be found here and has been posted on the Bargaining 2021 page. This video summarizes and highlights some of the key concerns members have brought forward regarding workload. The top demand coming out of the final demand setting meeting in April was around workload. This is an ongoing issue in our negotiations, and the conditions brought on by the pandemic, rapid expansion of online learning, microcredentials, inequality, and maximization have only heightened the need to make gains this round.

Important Survey for All Members

Please check your personal email address for a link to a Ten-Minute Stress and Pandemic Check-in Survey. All full-time (including Counsellors and Librarians), partial-load, sessional, and part-time faculty are asked to complete this survey. Further details are outlined in the email.

We highly encourage your participation since this survey will help identify organizational and other workplace factors that cause or contribute to mental distress and identify actions that can help improve everyone’s health and well-being. Please email info@opseu125.ca if you need the survey link.

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Bargaining Update: Vision

The initial video from the bargaining team can be found here and has been posted on the Bargaining 2021 page. This video outlines their shared vision for this round of negotiations.

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#SaveLaurentian

We stand in solidarity with the faculty, staff, and students at Laurentian University.

Two months ago, Laurentian University announced it was seeking to file for insolvency protection under the Companies’ Creditors Arrangement Act (CCAA). Already struggling due to years of underfunding by the province and financial mismanagement by the Board of Directors, Laurentian was thrown into a financial crisis when the pandemic hit.

On April 12, 110 academic staff lost their jobs and 69 programs are being cut. Two days later, faculty had to ratify a collective agreement that will see salaries reduced, teaching loads increased, and forced furlough days. Laurentian University Faculty Association (LUFA) president, Fabrice Colin, said “it was a vote under duress” because members were told the university would close if the union didn’t vote in favour of the tentative contract.

The Ontario Confederation of University Faculty Associations (OCUFA) called for the resignations of Laurentian’s senior leadership and Ontario Minister of Colleges and Universities Ross Romano for their roles in creating the financial crisis. There have been statements of solidarity and calls to action by the Canadian Federation of Students-Ontario, the Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE), the Canadian Association of University Teachers (CAUT), Ontario Federation of Labour (OFL), OPSEU/SEFPO, and many more.

We encourage you to show your solidarity and take action:

OPSEU – #SaveLU
CUPE – Tell Doug Ford to save Laurentian University
OFL – Demand Funding to Save Laurentian

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College Faculty Update

The latest College Faculty Update from the bargaining team can be found here and has been posted on the Bargaining 2021 page.

It covers the events of the final demand setting meeting, including an overview of the approved demands and the bargaining team’s commitment to increased transparency at the table.

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Negotiations Bulletin

The latest Negotiations Bulletin from the bargaining team can be found here and has been posted on the Bargaining 2021 page.

It includes a report from the Local Demand-Set meetings and an overview of the Employer’s effort to preempt the negotiation process through its early offer.

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Partial Load Faculty Provincial Open House

Dear Partial Load Faculty,
On behalf of the CAAT-A Divisional Executive, you’re invited to the Partial Load Faculty Provincial Open House on Wednesday, March 31 at 7:00 PM
Members of the Bargaining Team as well as the DivEx will be present to answer questions. Also, partial load faculty from across the province will be present, which many folks appreciated meeting and connecting with at January’s Open House.
The invitation has been sent to your non-work emails.  Please email info@opseu125.ca if you didn’t receive the email.
In solidarity,
OPSEU Local 125 Executive