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-**Open House, This Sunday, January 19.**\\ +It is the time to end basic injustice ​and basic discriminationa message from OPSEU and LOCAL 244 
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-CUPW is doing some amazing organizing around ​the gig economy, and have been very supportive around the contract faculty organizing drive. ​ The resource below may also be helpful ​to students ​and the larger community around the college. So please spread the word.\\ +====== ​BlackLivesMatter====== 
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-**From the Peel Warehouse Workers Centre Team**\\ +
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-We are excited to invite you to join us in the launch of the new Warehouse Workers Centre - Peel this coming January 19th.\\ +
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-Open House: January 19th1-4pm +
-224 Rutherford Rd S, Unit 4, Brampton +
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-*Please RSVP here: [[https://​www.eventbrite.ca/​e/​warehouse-workers-centre-launch-tickets-82276877355?​utm-medium=discovery&​utm-campaign=social&​utm-content=attendeeshare&​aff=esfb&​utm-source=fb&​utm-term=listing&​fbclid=IwAR27dRmgktWMS6jntfpOmCwzMgYLigHm41alFF3hYyO0U_Qn4_IAHr5YASk]]\\ +
-*Food and drinks\\ +
-*Kids games and prizes\\ +
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-The Warehouse Workers Centre will be a space for workers to access resources, build community, and to organize for better working conditions in Brampton, Mississauga and CaledonPeel Region has one of the largest warehousing and logistics sectors in CanadaWe want to see that all warehouse workers in Peel have respect, safety, and a living wage.\\  +
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-The Warehouse Workers Centre offers a space for events, trainings, legal advice, and mobilizationThrough building strength in our community we will work to create better jobs and working conditions in the warehouse sector.\\ +
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-As well as inviting you to our launch, we would like to meet to discuss how our organizations can collaborate to better fight back against injustice in our community.\\  +
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 +====== We must end this struggle together ======
  
 +====== Anti-Black Racism On-line Teletown Hall: July 7 ======
  
-====== Heads-Up – General Membership Meeting -- Early Notification ====== 
  
 +====== For OPSEU Staff And Member ======
  
-====== February 3, 2020 ====== +Anti-Black racism is not new.  
-====== three General Membership Meetings,  ​======+  
 +The brutality of current events, heightened by social media’s incredible power to share and motivatehas shifted the world into action. Systemic racism is deadly real. It is deeply rooted in a painful history that has disproportionately affected Black communities for generations. ​ 
  
-\\ +OPSEU recognizes this and will be leader in effecting changeWe are inviting ​all staff and members ​to take part in this important conversation 
-****Davis Campus**** \\ +
-11:00 a.m.\\  +
-Room B106\\ +
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-****HMC****\\  +
-1:00 p.m.\\ +
-Room A329\\ +
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-****Trafalgar****\\ +
-4:00 p.m\\ +
-Room G406**\\ +
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-In these meetings, we will present the Local’s Annual Budget, including ​vote on whether to raise individual local dues by $5.00 for ‘work-stoppage’ contingencies,​ Delegates to Provincial Meetings and Trustee Nominations,​ as well as Provincial Activities Updates.\\ +
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-There are a number of provincial challenges and initiatives that have been launched since the Strike of 2017 and the release of the Kaplan Award. These were all documented in my previous mail outs at that time. There were some updates in my last mail out, and they were posted ​to our website. Below you will find a comprehensive set of updates on the work of our Divisional Executive. These issues, if not resolved, will no doubt become ​part of our bargaining issues for Bargaining 2021. We will be discussing these ongoing strategies at our General Meetings early in the new year.\\ +
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-If you haven’t already sent us your off-campus email address, please do so as soon as possible to: office@local244.ca,​ should you wish to receive timely reports as we head into the Demand Setting year 2020. +
-Your Local Executive Committee hopes that you’ve had a wonderful respite from the rigours of daily duties as we head into the Winter 2020 Semester.\\ +
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-In solidarity,​\\  +
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-Jack\\ +
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-__Doug ​Ford’s Education ​Agenda__\\+Together we will create real, meaningful change – change that does not leave anyone behind. 
 + 
 +The town hall will be hosted by well-known personality and anti-Black racism activist Farley Flex, and will feature a panel of OPSEU members – including President Warren (Smokey) Thomas and First Vice-President/​Treasurer Eduardo (Eddy) Almeida – and OPSEU staff. 
 + 
 +To accommodate different schedules, the town hall will take part in two sessions: 
 + 
 +• Noon to 1:30 pm EST on Tuesday, July 7 
 +• 7 to 8:30 pm EST on Tuesday, July 7 
 + 
 +All members and staff are welcome to participate in one or both of the sessions. 
 +   
 +====== How to participate ====== 
 + 
 + 
 +There are a variety of ways to participate in either English or French. 
 + 
 +If you’re an OPSEU member and OPSEU has your up-to-date phone number, all you have to do is pick up the phone. We’ll call you around 10 to 15 minutes before the session starts – just stay on the line and you’ll be connected to the call. (To ensure OPSEU has your most up-to-date number, please call 1-800-268-7376.) 
 + 
 +Please note: OPSEU staff members will NOT receive one of these calls. 
 + 
 +OPSEU members and staff can also participate by dialing in directly or over the web. Here’s how: 
 + 
 +====== English ====== 
 + 
 + 
 +• 877-229-8493 (ENGLISH) 
 +o ID code: 112847 
 +• Web streaming (English, audio-only, closed-captioning is available) 
 +o https://​video.teleforumonline.com/​video/​streaming.php?​client=12847 
 + 
 +====== French ====== 
 + 
 + 
 +• 877-255-5810 (FRENCH) 
 +o ID code: 117019 
 +• Web streaming (French, audio-only)* 
 +o https://​video.teleforumonline.com/​video/​streaming.php?​client=17019 
 + 
 +*Please note that closed-captioning is not available in French.  
 + 
 +====== Panelists ====== 
 + 
 + 
 +====== Shauna-Kay Cassell ====== 
 + 
 + ​Shauna-Kay graduated with a MBA in General Management, a graduate certificate in Public Administration,​ and an Honours B.A in Criminology and Political Science. Currently, she works as a Court and Client Representative at the Toronto Superior Court of Justice, writes for online magazines, and serves in community organizations. 
 +  
 +====== Carlotta Ewing ====== 
 + 
 +Carlotta is a member from OPSEU Local 228 and currently works as a Court Clerk and Registrar for the Ministry of the Attorney General. She strives to create opportunities through education that enlighten and empower others about the importance of tolerance and compassion in the workplace so that things such as homophobia, islamophobia,​ and systematic racism become unbeknownst to places as diverse as the OPS and OPSEU. 
 + 
 +====== Peter Thompson ====== 
 + 
 + Peter has worked as a Property Valuation Specialist for 30 years for the Municipal Property Assessment Corporation. He is the current Chair of OPSEU’s Coalition of Racialized Workers (CoRW) and he has been active within OPSEU in various capacities since 1992.   
 +  
 +====== Evan Wickham ====== 
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 + Evan is a Customer Service Representative for the LCBO, President of OPSEU Local 376, and the Region 3 Representative on OPSEU’s Provincial Young Workers Committee (PYC). He is a strong believer of Mahatma Gandhi’s mantra, “The best way to find yourself is to lose yourself in the service of others,” and has applied it to his union activist life for the past five years. ​     
 +  
 +====== Andrea McCormack ====== 
 + 
 + ​Andrea McCormack is a longtime OPSEU staff member. She is a staff rep in the Hamilton office and is currently temporarily reassigned as an Employment Equity Lead. Andrea also sits on the board of the Coalition of Black Trade Unionists, representing Canada and the Eastern U.S. 
 +  
 +====== Joscelyn Ross ====== 
 +   
 + ​Joscelyn came to OPSEU’s Health and Safety unit as a full-time staff member in 2016. Before that, he’d been an active OPSEU member since 1990. He has served as the local Vice-President at the Roy McMurtry Youth Centre, Vice-chair to the Ministry of Children and Youth Services, Youth Justice Divisional Health and Safety Committee, and he also proudly represented the members on the Anti-Discrimination and Systemic Change Committee (ADSC). 
 + 
 +====== Farley Flex – moderator ====== 
 + 
 + ​Farley is a community-capacity builder, social activist and entertainment industry entrepreneurial pioneer. He is the co-creator of the very successful Just Think 1st anti-violence/​anti-gun violence awareness campaign, and the SAY IT LOUD national initiative to promote Black Pride and Positive Cultural Identity to Black youth funded by the Canadian Department of Heritage.  
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 +====== Being Black in Canada is a constant struggle. ====== 
 + 
 +  
 +I don't say this from experience. I say this because of the unspeakably brutal images and news reports we're seeing every day. And I say this because I've always tried my best to be an active listener - and I believe first-person stories and accounts from members, friends, and colleagues. 
 +  
 +I now know that many of my own life experiences and successes - no matter how common and achievable I may have thought them to be for everyone - were born out of privilege. ​ A privilege that Black people have never known. 
 +  
 +OPSEU has always fought for social justice. It's a big part of why I am so proud to be President of this great union. Our Black members and staff experience racism every day. We are committed to learning from their experiences and stories, and being an active part of the change that is so needed now. 
 +  
 +This we know: anti-Black racism is systemic, deadly serious, and all around us. Black people are being killed in the street, but systemic racism is also killing them in health care and the criminal justice system. It is failing them in education, social services, and in the hiring practices and policies of governments and employers. 
 +OPSEU will act. But for that action to be meaningful, we must be thoughtful. We must actively listen to all Black voices in order to learn the truth, and most importantly,​ to understand. ​    
 +                                                                                                       
 +We are very aware that silence is not an option. We will be loud. We see the marches and hear the voices calling for change - many of those voices belong to OPSEU members and staff. As a union, we are taking time for pause and deliberation. We must ensure our next moves benefit Black people and amplify their voices, while educating and mobilizing the masses. We haven'​t always gotten it right. But we want to get this right. 
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 +We are committed to being allies with the Black community and creating real change. We also acknowledge that systemic change requires ongoing work and long-term commitment. OPSEU is taking the lead. We will continue to push to ensure that all Black lives matter. And when I say all Black lives matter, I mean ALL Black lives: female, male, trans, and LGBTQ2+. 
 +  
 +We will create a space for conversations and make room to hear from the people who know best what is needed: our Black members and staff.  
 +                
 +In the coming days we promise to provide details for our first initiative and continue the conversation. 
 + 
 +We stand in solidarity,​ 
 +  
 +Warren (Smokey) Thomas 
 +OPSEU President 
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 +These three words best describe a global community’s feelings of hurt, heartbreak, and frustration in response to the recent police-involved and unnecessary deaths of black people in Canada and in the United States.  
 + 
 +Regis Korchinski-Paquet was a 29 year old black woman from Toronto who died on May 27, 2020.  Toronto Police responded to a domestic incident where they observed a woman on the balcony of the 24th floor. ​ A short time later, Korchinski-Paquet fell and died on the scene.  
 + 
 +George Floyd was a 46 year old black man from Minneapolis who died on May 25, 2020.  While handcuffed and lying face down, Derek Chauvin, a white police officer, kept his knee on the right side of Floyd’s neck for 8 minutes and 46 seconds. ​ Floyd was already unresponsive for 2 minutes and 53 seconds of that time.  ‘I can’t breathe’ were Floyd’s last words. ​ They were reminiscent of Eric Garner’s last words, a black man who died in 2014, when NYPD officer Daniel Pantaleo put him in a chokehold during an attempted arrest. ​ Garner repeated these words 11 times while lying face down on the sidewalk. ​      
 + 
 +Breonna Taylor was a 26 year old black woman and Emergency Medical Technician (EMT). ​ She was killed on March 13, 2020 during a botched raid in her home in Louisville, Kentucky. ​ Breonna was shot at least eight times while asleep. ​ Police were in search of a suspect related to a drug investigation who was already in custody.  
 + 
 +Ahmaud Arbery was a 25 year old black man who was killed on February 23, 2020 in Brunswick near Glynn County, Georgia. ​ He was pursued by Travis and Gregory McMichael, two armed white civilians, on a Sunday afternoon while he was doing what he loved – jogging. ​ Gregory, the senior McMichael, used to work for the Glynn County Police Department. ​ The accused were arrested 74 days after Arbery’s death and it was predominantly because the video of his death went viral and community members from across the United States condemned the incident. ​     
 + 
 +This is what racism in 2020 looks like.  
 + 
 +The protests in Canada, the United States, and Europe have demonstrated a strong commitment from people of all races and backgrounds to speak out against systemic racism. ​ It is a well-known fact that Black communities in particular, are subjected to higher rates of scrutiny and incarceration by the criminal justice system. ​ The very system that is supposed to serve and protect has continuously failed racialized citizens. 
 + 
 +“I am deeply saddened that in 2020, racism and injustice towards the Black community continues to look like this with unnecessary lives being lost” said OPSEU President, Warren (Smokey) Thomas. ​ “I support the peaceful protests because people understandably want to be heard and they deserve answers. ​ Strong leaders are those who are willing to sit down, listen and engage in difficult conversations because that is the only way for meaningful change to happen” he added. ​          
 + 
 +In addition, the COVID-19 pandemic has exposed how Black communities are disproportionately affected on many socio-economic levels. ​ For instance, they are more likely to have lower paying, precarious jobs which are easily subject to layoffs. ​ They are also more likely to suffer from chronic illnesses and have higher uninsured rates which limits their access to healthcare. ​ And finally, they are more likely to live in substandard housing or are homeless which makes them more susceptible to infectious diseases.  
 +Living in poverty also makes it difficult to abide by social distancing measures. ​ Many low income families have to rely on one another to help make ends meet.  Many have to go to work even in the absence of any health and safety measures. ​ They also have no choice but to pool together resources like sharing cars and living spaces. ​      
 + 
 +Moreover, Black parents have to sit with their children and explain to them that they may be stopped, arrested or even shot because of their skin colour. ​       
 + 
 +“These are the realities for Black people living in North America today” said Peter Thompson, Chair of OPSEU’s Coalition of Racialized Workers. ​ “Fixing the underlying conditions of systemic racism, all of which date back to when Black people were first brought here as slaves, is the reason for these protests” he added. ​       
 + 
 +To be ‘shocked’ is not enough. ​ To be ‘wowed’ is not a sign of solidarity. ​ To be ‘complacent’ is not acceptable. ​ But more importantly,​ to remain silent is a condonation that basic injustice and basic discrimination towards Black people does not exist. ​ It is time to put an end to this unfair treatment because Black lives matter. ​    
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 +On behalf of our Sheridan faculty, counsellors and librarians, Local 244 of OPSEU stands in support of our LGBTQ+ community and is proud to be a part of the Pride Month 2020 celebrations. 
 + 
 +As a union, we both believe in and promote equality and a harassment-free work environment,​ along with tackling discrimination in our communities,​ unions and homes. 
 + 
 +The OPSEU Rainbow Alliance arc-en-ciel is an alliance that provides representation and support to our lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender,​ transsexual,​ intersex, asexual, queer, questioning,​ two-spirited (LGBTTIAQQ2S) members. 
 + 
 +One of Rainbow Alliance’s initiatives is a Safe Schools Campaign where members are working to make schools safe and inclusive for all and encourages schools to adopt proactive discrimination and harassment policies, along with ensuring inclusive curriculum and positive role models. 
 + 
 +Here at Sheridan, we the faculty, along with ALL members of our great Sheridan community, support and uphold the ideals of diversity, equity and inclusion for all. 
 + 
 +Happy Pride!  
 + 
 + 
 +OPSEU Faculty Union Local 244 
 + 
 +Sheridan College, Oakville Ontario 
 + 
 +  
 + 
 +For more information on OPSEU’s Rainbow Alliance arc-en-ciel:​ 
 + 
 +https://​opseu.org/​information/​general/​rainbow-alliance-arc-en-ciel-2/​9737/​ 
 + 
 +====== Science fiction comes true again ====== 
 +  
 +March 12, 2020 
 + 
 +I won’t go into the pandemic facts; no doubt you are all keeping informed. There are some good websites below. 
 + 
 +  
 + 
 +What might be news for you is that, like Sheridan, all Ontario colleges have suspended or strictly curtailed international travel. Laurentian University has closed their buildings and put all classes online because one of their professors was found to have Corona virus. Many of my Local President peers from across the province have reported that their colleges are making plans, or at least opening discussions on possible building closings and online alternatives to save this semester. 
 + 
 +  
 + 
 +Your CAAT-A Union communication lines across the province are humming. Besides the paramount safety concerns, we must monitor and plan strategies for the Labour concerns that might arise from modified learning delivery. RM Kennedy, our Divisional Executive Chair summed it up succinctly.  
 + 
 +  
 + 
 +Some of the issues we are centering on, include, but are not limited to: 
 + 
 +- the assumption that faculty have the technological ability or even home infrastructure to teach online 
 + 
 +- workload tracking 
 + 
 +- intellectual property, in light of a mass dump of material online 
 + 
 +- sick days for contract faculty 
 + 
 +- complex accommodations for students (with workload implications) 
 + 
 +  
 + 
 +At Sheridan we have started preliminary talks with the College. COVID-19 is the main agenda item at our Union College Committee (UCC) meeting coming up this Monday. I will bring up the pandemic concerns later today with our President and Vice-President Academic with whom I sit on the Senate Executive Committee. I expect that they too are in discussions. 
 + 
 +  
 + 
 +Although I would like to have more information for you, I felt it important to let you know that your Local Union is very concerned and active. I will report back as new information surfaces. For sure I will update you on what we learn at the UCC on Monday. 
 + 
 +  
 + 
 +Wash your hands, stay home if you’re sick or if you know that you have been in contact with someone who has the virus. These are strange times, we will adjust. 
 + 
 +  
 + 
 +Some pertinent links: 
 + 
 +  
 + 
 +Laurentian Classes Cancellation 
 + 
 +https://​www.sudbury.com/​local-news/​covid-19-laurentian-announces-its-cancelling-classes-as-a-precaution-2154599 
 + 
 +  
 + 
 +Live Coronavirus Tracker (refresh to update) 
 + 
 +https://​ncov2019.live/​data?​fbclid=IwAR2X53-Ie5Ug2J83b7otMZOVM8rKLiHj_8xjYKJCKjW3n1FNmT-SuEm3Uyc 
 + 
 +  
 + 
 +Ontario Ministry of Health 
 + 
 +https://​www.ontario.ca/​page/​2019-novel-coronavirus 
 + 
 +  
 + 
 +==== Doug Ford’s Education ​Agenda ====
  
 Charter Challenges: Cancellation of the College Task Force & Back-To-Work Legislation\\ Charter Challenges: Cancellation of the College Task Force & Back-To-Work Legislation\\
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 Both of these charter challenges continue to work their way steadily through the courts. Affidavits and replies have been filed by both sides, and we continue to meet with our legal teams as we eagerly await dates for next steps.\\ Both of these charter challenges continue to work their way steadily through the courts. Affidavits and replies have been filed by both sides, and we continue to meet with our legal teams as we eagerly await dates for next steps.\\
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-Strategic Mandate Agreement 3 Consultation//+==== Strategic Mandate Agreement 3 Consultation ​==== 
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 On April 11, 2018, the Ford government announced that 60% (by 2025) of Ontario post- secondary funding would be linked to performance metrics determined by them through the SMA3 process. This is a remarkable jump from the 2-3% proposed by the previous government and raises many concerns for our sector around employment stability and quality of education.\\ On April 11, 2018, the Ford government announced that 60% (by 2025) of Ontario post- secondary funding would be linked to performance metrics determined by them through the SMA3 process. This is a remarkable jump from the 2-3% proposed by the previous government and raises many concerns for our sector around employment stability and quality of education.\\
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 The implementation of the new SMA3s may result in serious change to the mandate of the colleges, and a potential violation of the Letter of Understanding in our CA on changes to a college'​s mandate or objects. The DivEx is consulting with the OPSEU Grievance Department on next steps in this area, while continuing discussions about the SMA3s and its impact with Council through EERC. We will keep you posted on further developments as they arise.\\ The implementation of the new SMA3s may result in serious change to the mandate of the colleges, and a potential violation of the Letter of Understanding in our CA on changes to a college'​s mandate or objects. The DivEx is consulting with the OPSEU Grievance Department on next steps in this area, while continuing discussions about the SMA3s and its impact with Council through EERC. We will keep you posted on further developments as they arise.\\
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-**__Faculty ​“Renewal”__**\\ +==== Faculty ​“Renewal” ​==== 
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 In February 2019, the MTCU invited the DivEx to a very last-minute consultation on the topic of  In February 2019, the MTCU invited the DivEx to a very last-minute consultation on the topic of 
 “Postsecondary Education: Sustainability and Renewal.” While named “faculty renewal”, the  “Postsecondary Education: Sustainability and Renewal.” While named “faculty renewal”, the 
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 4. Ensure that students have access to education, unhampered by funding issues, and recognizing that education is a right.\\ 4. Ensure that students have access to education, unhampered by funding issues, and recognizing that education is a right.\\
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-**__Bill ​148 – Kaplan ​arbitration__**\\ +==== Bill 148 – Kaplan ​arbitration ==== 
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 In 2017, the Bargaining Team worked toward a Letter of Understanding that the parties would meet to discuss making our Collective Agreement compliant with the at-the-time unfinalized Bill 148 Fair Workplaces, Better Jobs Act. Bill 148 eventually did bring many positive changes for workers in Ontario, including equal pay for contract and permanent workers. Unfortunately,​ the Ford Government’s anti-worker repeal of Bill 148 with Bill 47 left us with few options to try to preserve the gains made by Bill 148 in our CA.  In 2017, the Bargaining Team worked toward a Letter of Understanding that the parties would meet to discuss making our Collective Agreement compliant with the at-the-time unfinalized Bill 148 Fair Workplaces, Better Jobs Act. Bill 148 eventually did bring many positive changes for workers in Ontario, including equal pay for contract and permanent workers. Unfortunately,​ the Ford Government’s anti-worker repeal of Bill 148 with Bill 47 left us with few options to try to preserve the gains made by Bill 148 in our CA. 
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 On October 21, 2019, we presented the last two viable issues left after the Bill 148 repeal: vacation pay for partial load faculty and the Employment Standards Act (ESA) personal leaves. In his recent decision, Kaplan did award the explicit inclusion of the ESA leaves into our collective agreement; however, he did not award any additional vacation pay for partial load faculty due to the collective agreement language that states that “A portion of the hourly rate for partial-load teachers is in lieu of vacation pay.” In our next round of negotiations,​ we will need to address this language and continue to fight for fairness for our contract faculty.\\ On October 21, 2019, we presented the last two viable issues left after the Bill 148 repeal: vacation pay for partial load faculty and the Employment Standards Act (ESA) personal leaves. In his recent decision, Kaplan did award the explicit inclusion of the ESA leaves into our collective agreement; however, he did not award any additional vacation pay for partial load faculty due to the collective agreement language that states that “A portion of the hourly rate for partial-load teachers is in lieu of vacation pay.” In our next round of negotiations,​ we will need to address this language and continue to fight for fairness for our contract faculty.\\
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-**__Part-Time/​Sessional Organizing ​Drive__**\\ +==== Part-Time/​Sessional Organizing ​Drive ==== 
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 Several OLRB hearings occurred in 2018-2019, where the College Employer Council continued with its relentless delay tactics. One of the most important topics in question at these hearings concerned who belongs to the part-time academic bargaining unit. OPSEU argued that all academic duties are relevant, and thus should count towards determining an individual’s employment status. The Council argued that only teaching contact hours (TCH) should be counted. In late August 2019, the OLRB ruled in favour of Council, stating that only TCH, and not other academic ancillary duties such as coordination or curriculum development,​ were relevant in considering whether an individual falls within the part-time academic bargaining unit. This decision was a setback to recent arbitration decisions, such as the Parmar/St. Lawrence award, that allowed contract faculty to combine teaching and non-teaching academic work to make the case for sessional 12/24 roll overs. Nonetheless,​ DivEx sought a legal opinion on the implications of this OLRB decision which suggests that we still have solid ground to continue arguing for all academic work to be considered when determining an employee’s status.\\ Several OLRB hearings occurred in 2018-2019, where the College Employer Council continued with its relentless delay tactics. One of the most important topics in question at these hearings concerned who belongs to the part-time academic bargaining unit. OPSEU argued that all academic duties are relevant, and thus should count towards determining an individual’s employment status. The Council argued that only teaching contact hours (TCH) should be counted. In late August 2019, the OLRB ruled in favour of Council, stating that only TCH, and not other academic ancillary duties such as coordination or curriculum development,​ were relevant in considering whether an individual falls within the part-time academic bargaining unit. This decision was a setback to recent arbitration decisions, such as the Parmar/St. Lawrence award, that allowed contract faculty to combine teaching and non-teaching academic work to make the case for sessional 12/24 roll overs. Nonetheless,​ DivEx sought a legal opinion on the implications of this OLRB decision which suggests that we still have solid ground to continue arguing for all academic work to be considered when determining an employee’s status.\\
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-**__Freeze ​Violation on PT faculty__**\\ +==== Freeze ​Violation on PT faculty ==== 
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 Earlier this year, OPSEU filed a freeze violation against George Brown College in response to the College rolling back personal emergency leave days for non-unionized contract faculty. GBC did this after we filed the certification application to unionize part-time and sessional faculty, effectively changing their working conditions, claiming that they “had to” due to Ford rolling back workers'​ rights with Bill 47.\\ Earlier this year, OPSEU filed a freeze violation against George Brown College in response to the College rolling back personal emergency leave days for non-unionized contract faculty. GBC did this after we filed the certification application to unionize part-time and sessional faculty, effectively changing their working conditions, claiming that they “had to” due to Ford rolling back workers'​ rights with Bill 47.\\
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 We encourage Locals to ask at your Union College Committee meetings, or in any forum where you are meeting with admin at your college, about planned or existing rollbacks to wages or leaves for contract faculty, as well as why they have chosen to reduce working conditions. Sheridan has not yet initiated a roll-back, but they have not committed to keeping it so.\\ We encourage Locals to ask at your Union College Committee meetings, or in any forum where you are meeting with admin at your college, about planned or existing rollbacks to wages or leaves for contract faculty, as well as why they have chosen to reduce working conditions. Sheridan has not yet initiated a roll-back, but they have not committed to keeping it so.\\
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-**__Feet ​on the Ground ​Program__**\\ +==== Feet on the Ground ​Program ==== 
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 The Feet on the Ground program, run by the Workers’ Action Centre, began in February 2019 and will be concluding in November 2019. The purpose of the program is to train participants to develop leadership and community organizing skills. OPSEU sponsored 3 contract faculty (1 GTA, 2 non-GTA) to participate in this program. These members currently teach at Algonquin College, Niagara College, and Humber/​Centennial College. Our participants have successfully held Contract Faculty Info Session presentations at their respective colleges, inviting contract faculty to learn about their rights, and to get the latest update on issues facing precarious workers. As the program begins to wrap up, the DivEx would like to thank our 3 contract faculty for their dedication and courage in participating in this program. It is our hope that they will continue their organizing work at their respective colleges, and that their Locals will continue to support them in their work.\\ ​ The Feet on the Ground program, run by the Workers’ Action Centre, began in February 2019 and will be concluding in November 2019. The purpose of the program is to train participants to develop leadership and community organizing skills. OPSEU sponsored 3 contract faculty (1 GTA, 2 non-GTA) to participate in this program. These members currently teach at Algonquin College, Niagara College, and Humber/​Centennial College. Our participants have successfully held Contract Faculty Info Session presentations at their respective colleges, inviting contract faculty to learn about their rights, and to get the latest update on issues facing precarious workers. As the program begins to wrap up, the DivEx would like to thank our 3 contract faculty for their dedication and courage in participating in this program. It is our hope that they will continue their organizing work at their respective colleges, and that their Locals will continue to support them in their work.\\ ​
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-**__Partial-Load Registry__**\\ +==== Partial-Load Registry ==== 
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 With the new Articles 26.10 D and 26.10 E language in the Collective Agreement, many colleges did not agree with the Union’s interpretation of how the Partial-Load Registry should be implemented. This led to 3 central Union grievances being filed by OPSEU in Fall 2018. Two grievances were heard by Arbitrator Knopf, and in August 2019, ruled upon. The CEC refused to consolidate the third - and arguably most important - Union grievance, which relates to whether priority hiring is based on individual courses or course bundles. While this Union grievance is still in play, we await a ruling on an individual grievance out of Niagara College that deals with the same question.\\ With the new Articles 26.10 D and 26.10 E language in the Collective Agreement, many colleges did not agree with the Union’s interpretation of how the Partial-Load Registry should be implemented. This led to 3 central Union grievances being filed by OPSEU in Fall 2018. Two grievances were heard by Arbitrator Knopf, and in August 2019, ruled upon. The CEC refused to consolidate the third - and arguably most important - Union grievance, which relates to whether priority hiring is based on individual courses or course bundles. While this Union grievance is still in play, we await a ruling on an individual grievance out of Niagara College that deals with the same question.\\
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 While this ruling provides some guidance to locals, many nuances still exist, and the full shape of the Registry will be clearer when we get a decision on the so-called bundling question. If your local is seeing a trend in hiring practices that violate the Registry, please let your DivEx member know.\\ While this ruling provides some guidance to locals, many nuances still exist, and the full shape of the Registry will be clearer when we get a decision on the so-called bundling question. If your local is seeing a trend in hiring practices that violate the Registry, please let your DivEx member know.\\
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-**__Academic ​Freedom Grievances – Update__**\\ +==== Academic ​Freedom Grievances – Update ==== 
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 The Division currently has 2 strong academic freedom cases scheduled for arbitration. The first, out of Humber College, considers a faculty member’s academic freedom rights in relation to a student’s final grade and the processes by which their final grade is determined. Does the college have the right to unilaterally assign a passing grade, without consulting the professor, even though the student has committed several academic infractions?​ Can the college violate its own Academic Regulations in hopes of pssing a student? Does the college have discretion to award a student a passing grade without any clear policy in place to do so? Hearing dates on this case are scheduled into 2022.\\ The Division currently has 2 strong academic freedom cases scheduled for arbitration. The first, out of Humber College, considers a faculty member’s academic freedom rights in relation to a student’s final grade and the processes by which their final grade is determined. Does the college have the right to unilaterally assign a passing grade, without consulting the professor, even though the student has committed several academic infractions?​ Can the college violate its own Academic Regulations in hopes of pssing a student? Does the college have discretion to award a student a passing grade without any clear policy in place to do so? Hearing dates on this case are scheduled into 2022.\\
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 The DivEx is continuing to work with OPSEU legal and assisting Locals in putting forth strong academic freedom cases. If you think you may have an academic freedom case, please contact the DivEx immediately so that we can provide you the best support possible.\\ ​ The DivEx is continuing to work with OPSEU legal and assisting Locals in putting forth strong academic freedom cases. If you think you may have an academic freedom case, please contact the DivEx immediately so that we can provide you the best support possible.\\ ​
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-**__College ​Employment Stability Committee (CESC)__**\\ +==== College ​Employment Stability Committee (CESC) ​==== 
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 Given the Ford government'​s announcement that 60% of post-secondary funding will be linked to performance metrics, the DivEx is suggesting that Locals convene a meeting of their College Employment Stability Committee (CESC) to proactively gather information,​ and plan for mitigating any negative impact to faculty. ​ Given the Ford government'​s announcement that 60% of post-secondary funding will be linked to performance metrics, the DivEx is suggesting that Locals convene a meeting of their College Employment Stability Committee (CESC) to proactively gather information,​ and plan for mitigating any negative impact to faculty. ​
 By starting these conversations now via the CESC process, which is well within the scope of Articles 27 and 28, we stand a chance of shaping the outcomes at our colleges.\\ ​ By starting these conversations now via the CESC process, which is well within the scope of Articles 27 and 28, we stand a chance of shaping the outcomes at our colleges.\\ ​
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 CESC discussions will also give us the opportunity to ask our colleges about their budgets and how they plan to address this potential funding shortfall. If you are unfamiliar with your college'​s budgeting process, use the CESC meetings to have them explain it.\\ CESC discussions will also give us the opportunity to ask our colleges about their budgets and how they plan to address this potential funding shortfall. If you are unfamiliar with your college'​s budgeting process, use the CESC meetings to have them explain it.\\
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-**__College ​Faculty ​Manual__**\\ +==== College ​Faculty ​Manual ==== 
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 The depth and breadth of knowledge from our Local leaders across the 24 college is immense. This, we have seen in action at our Divisional Meetings and Educationals,​ through the mentorship shared in our Google Groups, and through the committee work that individuals participate in on behalf of the Division throughout the year. What we have lacked is a way to amalgamate and share information about our Division, including useful tools and resources available to locals that new leaders would benefit from. Thus was born the Introduction to OPSEU and CAAT-A manual, or the College Faculty manual for short. The DivEx hopes that this manual will help facilitate new CAAT-A leaders transitioning into their roles by offering structured information about our Division, our members, and the resources available to all Locals. This manual can be used as a quick-access guide for information,​ as a tool for building local capacity, as well as to facilitate internal organizing through member education.\\ The depth and breadth of knowledge from our Local leaders across the 24 college is immense. This, we have seen in action at our Divisional Meetings and Educationals,​ through the mentorship shared in our Google Groups, and through the committee work that individuals participate in on behalf of the Division throughout the year. What we have lacked is a way to amalgamate and share information about our Division, including useful tools and resources available to locals that new leaders would benefit from. Thus was born the Introduction to OPSEU and CAAT-A manual, or the College Faculty manual for short. The DivEx hopes that this manual will help facilitate new CAAT-A leaders transitioning into their roles by offering structured information about our Division, our members, and the resources available to all Locals. This manual can be used as a quick-access guide for information,​ as a tool for building local capacity, as well as to facilitate internal organizing through member education.\\
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 This manual is a living document and will be updated annually to reflect the changing landscape of our Division. At the request of the Local, a DivEx member can meet with your local to provide a more detailed walkthrough of the manual. Special thanks to DivEx member Pearline Lung for spearheading this project.\\ ​ This manual is a living document and will be updated annually to reflect the changing landscape of our Division. At the request of the Local, a DivEx member can meet with your local to provide a more detailed walkthrough of the manual. Special thanks to DivEx member Pearline Lung for spearheading this project.\\ ​
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-**__Arising ​issues on the horizon__**\\ +==== Arising ​issues on the horizon ====
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-There are many more issues on the radar that DivEx is aware of and working on, including:​\\  +
-• Reliance on International student enrolment and its implications for faculty\\  +
-• Reclassification of academic work as belonging to support staff\\  +
-• Counsellor jobs being outsourced in the wake of La Cite\\  +
-• A collegial/​shared Governance Symposium\\  +
-• The purchase of union time at the Local level\\  +
-• Identifying key language (with input from staff) that will need to be addressed next round of negotiations.\\  +
-• Proposal to OPSEU on updating the Report on Education as well as an organizing plan leading up to next round of bargaining\\  +
-• Developing updated Building Local Capacity training to be delivered in locals.\\  +
-• Continuing to strengthen our relationship with other unions and labour groups to deepen solidarity across sectors\\ ​+
  
-\\ +There are many more issues on the radar that DivEx is aware of and working on, including: 
-\\+  * Reliance on International student enrolment and its implications for faculty 
 +  * Reclassification of academic work as belonging to support staff 
 +  * Counsellor jobs being outsourced in the wake of La Cite 
 +  * A collegial/​shared Governance Symposium 
 +  * The purchase of union time at the Local level 
 +  * Identifying key language (with input from staff) that will need to be addressed next round of negotiations.  
 +  * Proposal to OPSEU on updating the Report on Education as well as an organizing plan leading up to next round of bargaining 
 +  * Developing updated Building Local Capacity training to be delivered in locals.\\  
 +  * Continuing to strengthen our relationship with other unions and labour groups to deepen solidarity across sectors
  
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