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-**Open House, This Sunday, January 19.**\\ +====== ​Open House, This Sunday, January 19. ====== 
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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.\\ +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. 
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-**From the Peel Warehouse Workers Centre Team**\\ +====== ​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.\\ +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 19th, 1-4pm +
-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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 +**Open House: January 19th, 1-4pm\\
 +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 Caledon. Peel Region has one of the largest warehousing and logistics sectors in Canada. We want to see that all warehouse workers in Peel have respect, safety, and a living wage.\\ ​ 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 Caledon. Peel Region has one of the largest warehousing and logistics sectors in Canada. We want to see that all warehouse workers in Peel have respect, safety, and a living wage.\\ ​
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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.\\ ​ 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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 ====== Heads-Up – General Membership Meeting -- Early Notification ====== ====== Heads-Up – General Membership Meeting -- Early Notification ======
  
  
-====== February 3, 2020 ====== +===== February 3, 2020 ===== 
-====== three General Membership Meetings,  ======+===== Three General Membership Meetings =====
  
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-****Davis Campus**** \\+**Davis Campus** \\
 11:00 a.m.\\ ​ 11:00 a.m.\\ ​
 Room B106\\ Room B106\\
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-****HMC****\\ +**HMC**\\ ​
 1:00 p.m.\\ 1:00 p.m.\\
 Room A329\\ Room A329\\
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-****Trafalgar****\\+**Trafalgar**\\
 4:00 p.m\\ 4:00 p.m\\
-Room G406**\\+Room G406\\
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 In these meetings, we will present the Local’s Annual Budget, including a 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.\\ In these meetings, we will present the Local’s Annual Budget, including a 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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-__Doug ​Ford’s Education ​Agenda__\\+==== 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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 ==== 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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