Jonathan Singer is an English professor and union steward from Seneca College (OPSEU Local 560). He maintains a website,, devoted to discussing workplace issues that affect the professors, librarians, and counsellors at Ontario’s Colleges. Starting this past August, Jonathan began publishing podcasts around the bargaining process.

In his November 16th episode, he analyzes CEC’s messaging and the most recent (conciliation) stage of the bargaining process.

EP 6: Stand in the Place Where You Work The Ontario College Podcast

Episode Six starts (00:50-7:26) with Jonathan discussing current Bargaining Team events and offering an overview of the forced offer vote, scheduled for Feb.15-17, and the reasons to reject the CEC's current offer.  It continues (7:35-56:23) with an interview with the three newest CAAT-A bargaining team members, discussing the bargaining unit's first-ever attempt at work-to-rule, how bargaining relates to the mental health of our membership, and how to interpret the College's fiscal reporting.  It wraps up (56:30-57:18) with some concluding thoughts. Works Cited: Colleen Flaherty, "Faculty Pandemic Stress is Now Chronic", Inside Higher Ed, November 19, 2020.
  1. EP 6: Stand in the Place Where You Work
  2. EP5: Conciliation, Strike Vote, and Work-to-Rule
  3. EP4: Facts, Fiction & Conciliation
  4. EP3: Mediation, Not Escalation
  5. EP2: Quality Control

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