Under 35 years old? Consider attending the Annual Young Workers Conference

Letter/invitation below.  Unfortunately the deadline is tomorrow.


Greetings Young Workers,

My name is Evan Wickham and I have the honour of being your Provincial Young Worker Representative for the 2019-2021 term. For those unfamiliar with the role, yes, young workers do have a voice. One of the progressive aspects of our union is the recognition that the vibrancy and innovation of youth workers play an essential part in its function. Provided the opportunity, it is up to us to develop and create polices and movements which bring our dreams, goals and concerns to the forefront of labour reforms. What our future jobs look like depend on our actions now.

We have been given a committee to speak about increasing awareness on key young worker issues such as environmental sustainability; international fair trade; part-time issues and job security.

I welcome your involvement in this initiative no matter what your level of experience and I take great pleasure in inviting you to share your voice at our annual Young Workers Conference on August 9th – August 11th at the Chelsea Hotel. Child care and accommodations will be covered as well as lost wages. To register you have to sign in / Create a profile on the OPSEU’s Members Portal, go to events and you will be pre-registered once you’re under the age of 35 and complete the application.
Deadline for submission will be May 31st 2019. If you have comments or concerns please email Thank you and I hope to see you there.
In Solidarity,

Evan Wickham


(LBED) Local 376

Spring Reading List

With June just two days away it’s not too late to think about your spring reading list.

Here are the latest two must haves from Local 352:

  • 2018-2019 Year in Review
    • Brought to you by your CAAT-A Divisional Executive, this 6 page PDF highlights happenings from the last academic year.  (The back page also contains a list of all of the College Local numbers and their Executive representative for easy reference).
  • May 2019 Colloquium
    • This edition of our local newsletter features our new VPAE,  discussion of importance of coordinator-ship as faculty work, articles on academic freedom and much, much more.  Thank you to Nancy Rishor for submitting an article.  If you are interesting in writing a piece for our next colloquium, we’d be pleased to share it!

In solidarity,

Your Local 352 Communications Team

Contract Job Postings — limited time postings for Spring semester

A number of contract faculty advised stewards that they were not getting teaching hours while full-time support staff were offered the courses contract faculty could teach. This issue has been raised AUCC on multiple occasions in the past.

The new VPA, Tom Phillips, advised the union on Friday May 3rd that the courses will be re-posted for 3 days this week.

If qualified contract faculty apply and should have been offered the work, the contracts will re-assigned. This process will also happen for the back half of the semester.

The postings are visible on the College’s career website:

Because of the limited time, please share this information with anyone you know that may have been affected.

If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact your union steward.

The Faculty Voice: Ford’s disastrous agenda for education

The Faculty Voice is the official publication of the OPSEU College Faculty Division, which includes professors, instructors, counsellors, and librarians who work in Ontario’s public colleges.

PDF iconClick here to download The Faculty Voice, Volume 2, Issue 1, March 2019.

Twitter: @caatfaculty
Facebook: @OntarioCollegeFaculty

The Faculty Voice is written and assembled by the Divisional Executive (DivEx) with the assistance of our members and OPSEU staff.

RM Kennedy, Chair
Martin Devitt, Vice Chair
Heather Giardine-Tuck
JP Hornick
Pearline Lung

Content Highlights:

  • Ford’s disastrous agenda for education (RM Kennedy, Local 558)
  • Solidary message (OPSEU President Warren (Smokey) Thomas): Doug Ford has declared war on education, educators and students
  • Partial-load faculty: taking charge of your hiring rights (Pearline Lung, Local 562)
  • Equal pay for equal work: The fight isn’t over (JP Hornick, Local 556)
  • Your divisional executive: here to support our locals (Heather Giardine-Tuck, Local 240)
  • Exercising academic freedom (Kevin MacKay, Local 240, and Martin Devitt, Local 242)
  • Challenging outsourcing to private career colleges (RM Kennedy, Local 558)
  • Divisional Executive update on part-time and sessional faculty unionization drive

Exciting Training Opportunity for Contract Faculty — Deadline February 8, 2019

Dear Contract Faculty Members,

 OPSEU is sponsoring an exciting leadership and development opportunity for 5 contract faculty organizers from around the province. The Feet on the Ground training program is designed by the Workers’ Action Centre for worker leaders from across sectors who are interested in developing skills in community organizing for decent work.

If you are an Ontario college contract faculty member, and have been partial load at some point, please consider getting involved. The training program will allow you to develop your community organizing skills and become a leader in the fight for decent work and equal pay at Ontario colleges and beyond.

Contract faculty who participate will receive an honorarium of $5640 for their organizing and training time in the program.The full cost of the program has been approved for five (5) OPSEU CAAT contract faculty members. We have budgeted for 3 of the 5 members to come from outside the GTA and taken into consideration flight costs, accommodations and other expenses related to the four (4) meetings to be held in Toronto that are identified in the training timetable below.

The program dates, which you have to be available for, are as follows:

–      February 25 to November 30: Field organizing for seven hours per week, with one month off in the summer. This will include outreach, events, workshops, communication, workplanning, activity reports, and mentorship. Some of the organizing hours may be altered to fit the academic schedule.

–      February 23 – 24: Participation in the Fight for $15 & Fairness Provincial Strategy Meeting and skills-building sessions in Toronto on Saturday, February 23 and Sunday, February 24. Training program participants will also have a dinner together on the evening of Friday, February 23, which would serve as an introduction to the program and other participants.

–      March 22 – 23:First in-class training in Toronto. In-class training sessions will take place in Toronto at the Workers’ Action Centre office (location at 720 Spadina Ave, Suite 202).

–      June 7 – 8:Second in-class training in Toronto. In-class training sessions will take place in Toronto at the Workers’ Action Centre office (location at 720 Spadina Ave, Suite 202).

–      October (date to be determined):One-day evaluation session of the program in Toronto at the Workers’ Action Centre office (location at 720 Spadina Ave, Suite 202).

The deadline for applications is February 8, 2019. Your applications should be sent to the OPSEU College Faculty Divisional Executive at:

Please include brief answers to these questions in your application:

  1. Contact information:
  • Full name:
  • Address:
  • Email:
  • Phone:
  • Preferred communication (phone, email, text etc):
  • Languages (if other than English):

2.      How many years have you been teaching and at what colleges? What area do you teach in?

  1. How have you been involved in organizing for fairness for college contract faculty? Have you ever been involved in other community organizing?
  2. Why are you interested in this training opportunity? What skills would you like to learn or develop more?
  3. What do you hope to accomplish in your organizing work by the end of the program?
  4. How do you think this training will benefit you, your faculty union local, and the division?

More information about the Feet on the Ground training program is here: program information for participants fog 2019 caat [pdf]

If you have any questions, contact the program coordinator Brynne Sinclair-Waters at  brynne@oeerc.orgor 647.226.7184.