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Bargaining Updates 2017

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It's Official: We're on Strike

We will be on the picket lines tomorrow 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

Show your solidarity with our CAAT-A Division

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 https://members.opseu.org. If you don't have your OPSEU ID number you can email office@local244.ca and we can help you out.

If you want to keep yourself informed please email president@local244.ca 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.

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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.

THIS IS NO ORDINARY ROUND (of Bargaining)

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 https://members.opseu.org. 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 president@local244.ca 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 office@local244.ca.

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 - https://opseu.org/news/facing-challenges-together-caat-negotiations-bulletin-issue-1 . 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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