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Back to Work Timeline

The following is a tentative revised academic schedule taking into account the pending back to work legislation.  The official schedule will be released by Fleming College.

Legislation is expected to pass over the weekend.

 

Faculty will return to work on Monday November 20, 2017 or Tuesday November 21, 2017.  This return to work date will be Day 1.  Classes will resume on Day 2.

Classes will continue until December 22, 2017.

Fleming College is closed December 23, 2017 – January 1, 2018.

Fall classes will resume January 2, 2018.

The Fall semester will end on January 8, 2018.  Grades will be submitted for January 10, 2018.

 

The Winter semester will begin on January 15, 2018.  The Winter reading break will still occur and will be scheduled March 5 – March 9.  The Winter semester will end on April 27, 2018.

 

Vote Q&A

The forced vote on the CEC’s offer presented on November 6th is open November 14th-16th.

Full-time and partial load faculty should have their voting PIN is in their college mailbox. You can access your email without having to go through the portal via webmail.flemingcollege.ca

The sender is: Voter Info
The subject line is: VOTING INSTRUCTIONS OLRB/INSTRUCTIONS DE VOTE CRTO

Once you have your 8 digit PIN you can vote online at: www.olrb-crto.isivote.com.

You can also vote by phone: 1-888-359-2308

Unlike our strike (paper ballot) vote, we aren’t sure how this electronic vote is being scrutinized to ensure no shenanigans occur.

If you haven’t voted yet, here are a few tips to help if you have to make a challenge:

  • Take a photo of your marked ballot
  • Take a screen shot of your marked ballot
  • Make a note of the time, date and your vote and any irregularities that may have occurred.

 


 

Q: What will the subject of the e-mail be?
A: VOTING INSTRUCTIONS OLRB/INSTRUCTIONS DE VOTE CRTO.  The sender is Voter Info.

Q: What if I have technical problems?
A: If you forget your password for your fleming email, you can use the password reset tool: https://passwordreset.flemingcollege.ca/.  You can also e-mail Fleming IT services for help accessing your Fleming email — ITsupport@flemingcollege.ca.   If you require assistance from the OLRB their contact number is: 1-888-281-8683 (November 14–15, 8am-8pm ET; November 16, 8am-10am ET).

Q: What if my password has expired?
A: If you forget your password for your fleming email, you can use the password reset tool: https://passwordreset.flemingcollege.ca/ .

Q: What if my mailbox is full?
A: E-mail quota limits were lifted prior to the voting e-mail being sent so it should not have ‘bounced’.

Q: What do I do if I do not receive an e-mail through my college e-mail address?
A: You can still vote.  Your vote will be segregated and the OLRB will make a final decision on the validity of your vote. If you believe that you are eligible to vote and do not receive an email on November 13, 2017 outlining how to vote and providing a personal identification number (PIN), you may contact the VOTER HELP CENTRE toll free at 1-888-281-8683 (November 14–15, 8am-8pm ET; November 16, 8am-10am ET).

Hindsight is 20/20

Hindsight is 20/20

If this is true, in the year 2020 how will faculty look back at this round of bargaining?  Was this the round of bargaining where Fleming faculty fought for fairness, quality education, full time jobs and equal pay for equal work or, did we accept an unsustainable contract that put the percentage of full time faculty into single digits and, gave the power to make all classroom and curriculum decisions to management in order for your curriculum to be delivered as cheaply as possible regardless of quality? Did we have perfect vision in 2017?

Earlier this week, management at Fleming sent out an update on “bargaining” from the position of the College Employer Council.  As many of you observed, the Employer is using fear mongering and spin to make the Employer’s offer look reasonable and acceptable.  The Employer wants you to believe that our bargaining team views a strike as the only option.

What is alarming to faculty at Fleming is the Employer’s own statistics on current staffing.  We thought it was bad at a ratio of 30% full time faculty:70% non-full time faculty; however, the new data is significantly worse.

81% of teaching contact hours in the college system in Ontario are taught by non-full time faculty.  Only 19% of teaching contact hours are taught by full time faculty.

This is a shocking statistic.  What is even more concerning is that the Employer has put language in their offer that will prevent colleges from hiring full time faculty for another four years. Could this mean that by the end of their proposed contract, the percentage of hours taught by full time faculty could be in the single digits?  The answer is YES!

Faculty and students know that our contract faculty put their heart and soul into the curriculum they teach.  We know that frequently contract faculty do work without compensation; their work is precarious in that they never know if they will get another contract regardless of their expertise and dedication to student success.

Our bargaining team has provided faculty with clear, concise and in-depth bulletins and videos that include factual information and our bargaining team’s experience with negotiations.  I say negotiations: however, as we have clearly seen, the Employer is not interested in negotiating.  The Employer has consistently responded with  “No” to any of the demands brought forward by our team, even the demands that have no significant cost such as faculty making decisions in the classroom. In most instances, the “no” response from the Employer came without any level of discussion or negotiation.

On Wednesday, Fleming faculty held a General Membership Meeting (GMM) where well over 85 faculty and counselors attended at both the Brealey and Frost locations; the largest Local 352 GMM in my recollection.  Coincidentally, there were five other Local GMM’s held this week and all had record numbers for attendance.  Faculty across our college system care about quality education and care about students. This message is clear.

On September 14th we need to show our bargaining team that they have our support to stay at the bargaining table and negotiate the demands that we elected them to negotiate.  A strong strike mandate will let the Employer know that we want the Employer at the table with our team, negotiating a fair contract that creates a sustainable college system in our province and provides our students with a quality education delivered by full time and contract faculty where each college values the expertise of  faculty as leaders in education.  I ask you to vote YES on September 14th to support or bargaining team.

in solidarity,

Liz Mathewson

Local 352 president