14
JUL
2017

College faculty file for conciliation as management refuses to consider proposed improvements

After three days of discussions, progress has stalled with management refusing to consider some of the most important issues that were brought to the table as a result of the extensive demand setting process involving all college faculty. After opening statements on the first day...
11
JUL
2017

Bargaining Update: July 2017

The first week of bargaining is done and the opening positions have been presented. “College faculty enter this round of negotiations with a clear mandate for change from our members. Our faculty have passed a focused set of demands to address two major issues: the quality...
10
MAY
2017

Message and Video from our Bargaining Team

Dear college faculty members, We head into collective agreement negotiations with the colleges this summer. As we look ahead, we know that we face some significant challenges to creating a better environment for both students and faculty. We know, right now, 70 per cent of...
19
SEP
2016

Group Grievance: Mandatory PD Days in 2015

As many of you will recall, a group grievance was filed pertaining to the mandatory 3 days of training in September 2015. There was no resolution found at the grievance level and so we referred the grievance to Arbitration. We attended this Arbitration on September 2nd of this...
13
SEP
2016

The McDonald’s/Ontario Colleges Agreement

You may have read about the recent agreement between McDonald’s Canada and the 24 Ontario public colleges whereby credit for the first year of a business program will be given to McDonald’s employees who have completed their corporate training program called...
31
MAY
2016

Professional Development days, Article 11.01H

The union position regarding the “10 days PD” that all faculty are entitled to under article 11.01H has not changed since the memo written by Richard Mason back in 2002 . There has been some mention at staff meetings that managers may send back PD requests if there is...
11
MAY
2016

Vacation Days

Article 15 of our Collective Agreement outlines a somewhat odd manner of calculating vacation days. It seems to cause confusion every year for both faculty and management. Here is as simple an overview as I can put together: Just the facts: The College announced the 2016 vacation...
14
NOV
2015

New Course Outline Template Workload Implications

Please see the attached PDF for the local’s position on the new course outline template and your SWF. 2015-01- New Course Template
04
SEP
2015

Welcome Back

On behalf of OPSEU Local 653 Executive Committee, I would like to welcome all full-time and partial load faculty to the start of another academic cycle. This revamped website is part of our commitment to improve communication between the executive and the general membership. We...
12
JUN
2014

Strike Mandate Vote – August 28 2014

A message from your Bargaining Team: We are concluding our fifth day of bargaining with the employer today. Our next scheduled bargaining days are June 24, 25 and 26. This morning, we have advised the employer that we are scheduling a strike vote on August 28. Please see the...