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Heads-Up – General Membership Meeting -- Early Notification

February 3, 2020

Three General Membership Meetings

Davis Campus
11:00 a.m.
Room B106

1:00 p.m.
Room A329

4:00 p.m
Room G406

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.

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.

If you haven’t already sent us your off-campus email address, please do so as soon as possible to:, 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.

In solidarity,


Doug Ford’s Education Agenda

Charter Challenges: Cancellation of the College Task Force & Back-To-Work Legislation

It was on June 29, 2018, immediately after he became the Premier of Ontario, that Doug Ford decided to cancel the College Task Force, a committee created to address and resolve key issues from the last round of bargaining. As a result, the members of the Task Force filed a Charter challenge regarding this cancellation on September 5, 2018, bringing our Charter challenge count to two. Recall that in 2017, a Charter challenge was filed regarding Bill 178, the back-to-work legislation. The injustice of the cancellation of the Task Force, which was set up to resolve issues that were not resolved after we were unconstitutionally legislated back to work, is obvious.

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.

Strategic Mandate Agreement 3 Consultation

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.

The colleges are expected to have these metrics finalized by Spring 2020 for its implementation beginning in the 2020-2021 academic year.

The funding will be based on ten metrics – nine that are system-wide metrics and one institution-specific metric for colleges:
1. Graduate earnings
2. Experiential learning
3. Skills and competencies
4. Graduate employment
5. Institutional strength and focus
6. Graduation rate
7. Apprenticeship-related metric
8. Innovation: Industry Funding
9. Community / Local Impact
10. Institution-specific Economic Impact Metric

These metrics will be phased in over a three-year period beginning in 2020. In addition, colleges are also required to report on faculty compensation and faculty workload (reporting metrics). These reporting metrics do not affect performance funding.

Colleges that fail to meet the government set targets around these metrics stand to lose a significant portion of their government funding. Further, these measures are likely to have a negative impact on access to education, since students who require more supports aren't likely to be recruited or targeted by colleges concerned with meeting government set retention targets (Institutional strength/focus metric).

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.

Faculty “Renewal”

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 content of the consultation seemed to be related to concerns about the aging PSE workforce and “pension double dipping”, or in other words, employees who continue to work past 65 and who also collect pension. In the consultation, the DivEx reiterated that this circumstance is statistically insignificant in the college system. At the same time, we insisted on the value of employees over the age of 65, and the fact that faculty often need to work later in their lives because they begin their careers as professors later (on average at age 42). We also made the point that faculty renewal should be based on hiring more entry level faculty, not getting rid of older ones.

In June 2019, the DivEx met with the Ministry again to offer feedback on their discussion paper on sustainability and renewal. While we respect the government’s move to improve the system, we were deeply concerned by the narrow focus of the MTCU discussion paper. We were also alarmed that the MTCU report stigmatizes older workers. Their focus appeared to be on faculty who work full-time while collecting a pension. As previously mentioned, there are very few members in our system who fall into this category. We offered the Deputy Minister our comments, along with written feedback following the meeting, and asked for a meeting with Minister Romano to address any outstanding concerns or questions he might have. To date, we have not received a reply from Romano.

It appears that this entire misguided process is the government’s attempt to reverse the elimination of mandatory retirement that was enacted back in 2006. All of this is merely a distraction from the real issues facing the post-secondary education system in Ontario. The sustainability and renewal of post-secondary education would be best achieved through the following key actions:
1. Properly fund the public post-secondary education system.
2. Reinstate the Joint Task Force which has a mandate to improve the system.
3. Create full-time, permanent jobs that support the economy and quality education.
4. Ensure that students have access to education, unhampered by funding issues, and recognizing that education is a right.

Bill 148 – Kaplan arbitration

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.
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.

Part-Time/Sessional Organizing Drive

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.

Freeze Violation on PT faculty

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.

We had a hearing at the Ontario Labour Relations Board on October 3, 2019. The union's position is simple: that although this is a fairly unique set of circumstances in that the employment standards legislation changed twice after the certification application was filed in June 2017, the college was nonetheless wrong when it rolled back the personal emergency leave days without seeking the union's consent.

When Bill 148 came into effect January 1, 2018, changes to the Employment Standards Act resulted in enhanced entitlements to all workers, including those in the colleges. Contract faculty enjoyed those enhancements, which the college was obligated to apply, until Fall 2018, when the government passed Bill 47. While the colleges were obligated to apply the enhanced entitlements to the ESA, they were under no obligation to withdraw any of them, and their unilateral exercise of employer discretion in reducing those terms violates the freeze provision of the Colleges Collective Bargaining Act.

We are currently researching cases at Niagara, Fanshawe, and Centennial, where college administrators have unilaterally decided to roll back other enhancements, including wages or planned pay increases. In many cases, the colleges continue to assert that they have been directed by Council to enact these punitive measures, while we have made it perfectly clear that the union will consent, if asked, to changes that actually enhance conditions for contract faculty. OPSEU pressed further on the matter, and on November 4, 2019, Ed Ogibowski, Supervisor of the Organizing Unit at OPSEU, sent an official letter to Graham Lloyd, CEO of College Employer Council, shaming the CEC for its unprofessional and unlawful decision to withhold a scheduled wage increase for part-time faculty at Centennial. In addition, he also provides clear written notice to the CEC that OPSEU fully consents to the wage increase.

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.

Feet on the Ground Program

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.

Partial-Load Registry

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.

The first grievance heard by Knopf questions the issue of the Registry itself: who maintains it, what information must be in it, and what information must be shared? The ruling says that the Colleges must maintain the Registry. The Registry must include all courses taught by partial- load faculty as of October 2017, regardless of their status when they taught the course (part- time, partial-load, full-time, sessional). In other words, courses that are taught while on part- time status must be recorded in the Registry as well. For courses taught prior to October 2017, the Colleges are not required to import faculty’s teaching history. If faculty can demonstrate that they have taught a specific course prior to October 2017, then it will also count as a previously-taught course in the Registry.

While the College is responsible for keeping and maintaining the Registry, it has no obligation to provide the Union with the copy of the Registry. However, Knopf strongly encourages the College to provide specific information on individual cases when requested by the Union, in order to quickly resolve matters rather than moving through the grievance process.

The second grievance heard by Knopf questions whether courses taught by a partial-load member while not in partial-load status should have any priority hiring rights. While Knopf stresses the value in hiring someone who has previously taught the course, she declares that it cannot be possible for someone who is not in the bargaining unit (part-time/sessional faculty) to gain any type of partial-load rights. Even though a registered partial-load employee who only taught the course as a part-time faculty would have no hiring rights for that course, Knopf emphasizes that it would be prudent for the College to hire that individual over someone else with no course experience.

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.

Academic Freedom Grievances – Update

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 second case, out of Centennial College, concerns a faculty member’s academic freedom as it relates to professional development activities. In addition, it questions who has the authority to decide academic activities during non-teaching periods and the limits that can be imposed on the employer’s demand to schedule their own activities during 11.08 time. This case was heard on November 7, 2019.

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.

College Employment Stability Committee (CESC)

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.

The DivEx recommends CESC rather than UCC as the mechanism for these conversations because of the inherent timelines of the CESC. For example, as per Article 27.05 (iii), if a member of the CESC requests a meeting within 3 calendar days of the CESC process being initiated, the committee shall meet within 7 calendar days to discuss the planned staff reduction, the circumstances giving rise to it etc. Through CESC, these conversations will stay on track, meetings will occur regularly, and we will receive information in a timely manner from our colleges.

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.

College Faculty Manual

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.

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.

Arising issues on the horizon

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


Here is the link to the Frequently Asked Questions and to the self-registration form:

In other news…

Uneasy Labour Relations With The Education Sector

You have no doubt read about the contract disputes of the CUPE educational support workers; a strike was averted at the last hour on the Sunday night with a strike to begin Monday morning. And now the Catholic School Board and the OSSTF are going to vote in the next few days on whether they will be going on strike. If they do, we will support them just as they supported us during our strike in the Fall of 2017.

The point is, our next round of bargaining is coming up in a year and a half, so perhaps we can judge by what happens to our high-school colleagues as a view to how the Ford government will negotiate with us.

OLRB Decision Could Cut PL Teaching Opportunities

In its intransigence to unionize part-time teachers in the Ontario College System, the Ontario Labour Relations Board (OLRB) has ruled that only teaching hours can be counted to decide whether a contract teacher is part-time, partial-load or sessional. This has a dire implication for eroding the current rights of our PL Profs. This means, for example, that a person who holds a contract for 6 hours of teaching and another contract for 3 hours of curriculum development is considered a part-time employee (6 hours of teaching or less a week), not a partial load employee (7-12 hours of teaching a week) and that a person who holds only a contract for curriculum development (or other ancillary academic duties) but no contract for teaching contact hours, is a support staff employee, not an academic employee. Our Divisional Executive is currently engaged with OPSEU lawyers to fight this decision.

More news as events unfold.

Jack Urowitz,
President, OPSEU Local 244

The College Employer Council Thwarts Part-time Faculty Vote Again

The CEC, our old “friends” from the last strike, are up to their old tricks once again. The College Employer Council is (once again) obstructing efforts to count the votes from the precarious, part-time workers at our Colleges who are trying to unionize.

OPSEU head office has started to circulate an electronic petition. A copy of this petition will be delivered to the CEC, the president of each College, and the board of governors of each College. You can help out the plight of our precarious part-time workers by signing the petitions:



At this time, there is no word as to whether or not the CEC is going to be sending out the College presidents with Timbits in an effort to pacify us.


Ford Tears Pages Out of Our Collective Agreement – MESS

Greetings Sheridan Faculty,

October 15 Day of Action: With the anniversary of the Strike of 2017 approaching, two of our major wins are threatened. To raise awareness amongst ourselves and to the provincial government, we are asking that you sign petitions outlining our dissatisfaction as a first step towards political action.

Ford Cancelled Our Task Force and Bill 148 is Now on the Chopping Block

With a swipe of his pen, our provincial premier cancelled pages 117 and 118 of our Collective Agreement. That Letter of Understanding outlined the scope of deliberation and makeup of the joint union/management Committee charged with exploring the directions of the Ontario Colleges into the next 50 years. What does Premier Ford have in mind? OPSEU, for our CAAT-A Division, is challenging the cancellation. The College Employer Council, the other signatory to the task force initiative, is not. They must like the idea.

What’s next - cancelling pages 27, 29 (Full-time salaries), 51, 52, 53 (Partial-Load salaries)? How about Article 11 (Workload limits)? How does 20 to 22 Teaching Contact Hours/week (TCH), sound to you as per pre-1986 workloads (pre-Collective Agreement)? I’m sure it would be music to the College Employer Council’s ears. Just increasing everyone’s workload by three TCHs at Sheridan would do more than decrease the quality of education. 600 profs X 3 = 1800 TCHs, if the average prof teaches 5 three-hour courses, that would be a savings of 1800/15 = 120 jobs; it all adds up to massive lay-offs.

And our sacrifice of 5 weeks of pay to address the ‘precarious work’ part-timers suffer, which would have been ameliorated by Bill 148 – is now also under threat of nullification.

October 15 Day of Action

Please bolster our legal challenge by signing our petitions next Monday October 15 between 11:00 and 2:00. Your Faculty Union will have tables set up at each campus where you can sign petitions, grab a Girl Guides cookie and chat about the union initiatives mentioned in this email.


Davis – Cafeteria, just inside the doors of the cafeteria
HMC – Old Security desk by A145 lecture hall
Trafalgar – C-Wing pit, past the bookstore over the bridge

Management Evaluation for Success Survey (MESS)

John Dewey - “It is advisable that the teacher should understand, and even be able to criticize, the general principles upon which the whole educational system is formed and administered. He is not like a private soldier in an army, expected merely to obey, or like a cog in a wheel, expected merely to respond to and transmit external energy; he must be an intelligent medium of action.“
Please recognize the pronoun use does not accommodate current accuracies, but as in its time (1895) was considered inclusive. JU

Your Local Faculty Union, which played a major role in lobbying for and participating in the Formative Faculty Evaluation Policy, now intends to spread the self-improvement initiative to management. In the fullest sense of Academic Freedom, where managers are elected from the Faculty body for limited terms before returning to Faculty, we are hoping to enhance the transparency between management decisions and Faculty responsibilities to our students. We are currently working on an anonymous survey to be distributed annually, whereby Faculty can evaluate and comment on their managers’ successful leadership.

More on this transparency initiative in the coming months with the expectation that the first MESS Survey will take place this Spring.

Please be sure to come by our tables next Monday.

In solidarity,


Ford Government Cancels the "Ontario Public Colleges: The Next 50 Years" Task Force

Last week, our Divisional Executive received a letter that the newly installed provincial government has announced that they are terminating the Taskforce that was implemented under the Kaplan Award following our strike – even though it is in our CA, page 117.

The Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities states that they will consider the work already undertaken by the Taskforce in order to establish their future direction. We will be holding them to that task and working hard to put forward our unresolved issues concerning precarious work, faculty complement and collegial governance at every possible table, including some initiatives here at Sheridan. You will hear more about our local plans early next semester. We are also seeking advice as to whether we have any legal options given that the Taskforce was created out of an arbitrated settlement.

I'm sure you have many questions about what this means and what actions are being taken. To ensure you have the most up to date information, make sure you have subscribed to receive local 244 emails by emailing from your personal email account. Don't forget to put your name in the body of the message if your email address doesn't make it explicit who you are (I'm talking to you,

You can take a gander at the letter sent by OPSEU to the Minister here.

Faculty Voice 2018 - From the CAAT-A Divisional Executive

The Faculty Voice is a newsletter from the CAAT-A divisional executive. It has some great information regarding Bill 148 negotiations, the charter challenge, the part-time and sessional vote to decide OPSEU, the gains made for partial-load faculty, academic freedom, and other topics that have been on our minds. You can grab a copy here or in the sidebar.

If you haven't received a copy of the newsletter in your email from OPSEU, head down to and sign-up.

New version of Collective Bargaining Agreement (CBA) Now Available

The newest version of the CBA is now available. It includes all of the modified text due to the most recent round of “negotiations” with the College Employment Council (CEC) as well as the additional text due to the Kaplan award that came out of the arbitration process. You can find a copy here, in the sidebar, or at the OPSEU website.

GMM - Monday, 29 January

Please join us for a General Meeting on Monday, 29 January, at the following times and places. There is a lot to discuss since the end of the strike. We hope to see you all there.

Davis Campus
Room M8
11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

HMC Campus
Room A365
2:00 – 300 p.m.

Trafalgar Campus
Room E105
Time: 4:00 – 5:00 p.m.

The agenda and minutes of the last meeting are available via the email sent to your private email account. If you have not received an email, please sign up for the list by sending an email to from your private email address.

Arbitration Award Announcement to Occur Next Week

Following the on-going mediation process, mediation took place over last week and the arbitration happened on Saturday the 16th. We will be getting a new CBA based on the arbitrators award sometime next week, although there is a media blackout so no further information is available at this time. Looks like we will all find out together what the arbitrator has decided.

Welcome Back, I Guess

Well, here we are. If you have problems with your current SWFs, your modified workload for the Fall semester, or your SWF for the Winter semester, contact your steward.

Local 244 has joined our fellow locals in CAAT-Academic in filing union-college grievances regarding the College's failure to adhere to the CBA despite it being clearly mandate to do so in Bill 178 (the Bill that sent us back to work).

In good news, Sheridan is having some parties to spread some holiday cheer next week! It might be a good chance to snag some of those mini candy-canes for your kids, since none of us can afford actual presents this year. Details are here.

Union applauds move to make colleges help students

Looking for more on the Strike?

Our local 244 blog is the place.

#Solidarity Monday

November 13, 10am - 12pm

Solidarity Lunch @ 12pm

Trafalgar Campus

Join Our Campaign, Act On The Links Below:

We are on the picket lines to protest the Management Council's unwillingness to recognize our aspirations for provincial collegial governance, fairness for contract faculty, and cost of living wage correction.

Besides picketing please:

Write your MPP

Write a letter of support

Write the Council and demand they go back to the table

Show your solidarity with students

Student Tuition Refund Petition

Show your solidarity with our CAAT-A Division

October 25 OPSEU Rally Support:

Here are photographs of student, partial load, and faculty support from the October 25 OPSEU Rally outside the office of Deb Matthews, the advanced education minister:

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And the article on the strike by the CBC'We're ready to talk ... let's go!': College faculty rally on Day 10 of strike

Media Page

You can watch the video of the OPSEU Strike Flash Mob at Davis Campus here:

Thanks to my Ontario NDP colleague Cindy Forster for holding the government to account. It's time to get serious about providing equal pay for equal work, including college faculty.

Posted by Catherine Fife on Tuesday, 24 October 2017

And see photographs of the strike here:


And posters here:

College Council considers options, decides on Propaganda instead of Bargaining

Have you seen the latest “facts” from the College Council? Our bargaining team has provided a response that has a pretty compelling image of just how serious College Council seems to be about bargaining.

You can also check out the latest bargaining video.

What about the Strike?

Your local executive is hard at work preparing for any eventuality, regardless of whether Monday features classrooms or picket lines. If you haven't already, make sure you sign up for your OPSEU strike pay at If you don't have your OPSEU ID number you can email and we can help you out.

If you want to keep yourself informed please email with your personal email address if you haven't already so we can add you to the mailing list. The local cannot use college email, mailboxes, posters, etc… so a personal email address is the best way to keep in touch.


Union still wants to Bargain

The latest bargaining update is here. The union bargaining team has requested additional bargaining dates, but the College Council is considering its options. Maybe they will finally consider the option of bargaining!

College Council gets a "B" for "Bluster" and an "F" for Facts

The College Council recently distributed some “facts” about the current proposals. The Union bargaining team has analysed those “facts” and found them to be better classified as "fiction".

There is also an important press release regarding the potential date upon which a strike COULD start. The bargaining team is still working hard to negotiate a settlement.


The latest bargaining update is out and it's a doozy!

Pre-Strike Info

While the bargaining team continues to work towards a new contract, it's important for our members to be prepared in case of a strike. As such we are asking you to take the following actions:

  1. If you haven't created an OPSEU member account, head down to You will need to know your OPSEU number, which is on your OPSEU membership card.
  2. Make sure your current status is correct by checking “My Jobs” under “My Profile”.
  3. Under “Make Changes” you can update your contact information and, more importantly, enter your dependents.
  4. Under “Home Page” you can scroll down to “Online Forms” and click the “Direct Deposit Agreement” to ensure easy payment from the OPSEU strike fund.

Now it's time to get down to bargaining!

**Mandate To Strike Vote, Thursday September 14, 2017**

The times for Davis and HMC will be from 10:00 – 4:00 PM:

Trafalgar from 10:00 – 5:00 PM

Our tables will be set up in the same spaces we use for our elections:

  Davis: the hallway area by the stairs that lead down to the bookstore

HMC: the hallway area close to Starbucks

Trafalgar: hallway across from the bookstore window

If you cannot attend at any of these times and locations, please, before the 14th, email me at or call the union office at extension 4065 and ask for a mail-in ballot to either be sent to you through inter-office mail, or to your home in which case please supply us with your address. Please note: your ballot must be received by the OLRB before September 21. It will be a segregated ballot which will only be counted if the number of segregated ballots could change the outcome of the vote.

Here are two important documents to consider:

Comparison of Council's to Union's proposals

Partial-Load Concerns

Bargaining Update: August 3/17

At the end of the second round of meetings between our CAAT Bargaining Team and the Colleges' representative Council, we have an impasse. In the links below you can read our Team's summary of events and plans for going forward.

We will be holding General Meetings across Sheridan on September 11 with a member of the Bargaining Team in attendance.

There are two documents that deserve your attention:

The latest Bargaining Team Bulletin:

English Version

French Version

Press Release:

English Version

French Version

Bargaining Issues and Context

Bargaining Begins in July. The latest Bargaining Team Update gives the background themes and forward looking goals to collegial governance that underlie our bargaining demands. Sheridan is a leader in this progressive initiative. And here is a link to the Bargaining Team's Video on Collegial Governance.

For those who wish to dig deeper into the history and rationale for the 2017 round of negotiations, I have sent a more comprehensive Bargaining Team letter to your off-campus email address. If you have not received that email, and wish to receive further private emails, please send your off-campus email address to

Bargaining Process

Here is a quick synopsis of what will transpire between now and September 30, 2017, when our current contract expires.

We bargain collectively as the Colleges of Applied Arts and Technology - Academic Division. We are a division of the Ontario Public Service Employees Union. This past Fall, delegates from the 24 colleges met and elected a bargaining team. You can read about the whole process and about the membership of the Bargaining Team in their first Bargaining Bulletin found here - . All Bulletins are linked to the column on your left.

The Sheridan Survey results have been emailed to your personal email address.

If you haven't sent us your personal email please do so as soon as possible to receive Local 244 correspondence, and confidential Bargaining updates.

In other news:

Your SWF Explained

Looking to learn more about your SWF? Download this handy guide. You can also keep an eye on this space for an online tool that you can use.

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