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Bargaining Update – June 22, 2021

As many of you may recall, the top demand coming out of the final demand setting meeting in April was around workload.  This is an ongoing issue in our negotiations, and the conditions brought on by the pandemic, rapid expansion of online learning, microcredentials, inequality, and maximization have only heightened the need to make gains this round.  

In this video, (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7WmKu-DHiVk), we summarize and highlight some of the key concerns members have brought forward.

In keeping with our commitment to ongoing communication, the following consultative processes are set to occur around two key areas our members have brought forward in their demands:

Equity Seeking Group Town Hall (via Zoom) with the Bargaining Team – June 25th,  10:00 – 11:30 am

We invite faculty (Professors, Counsellors, Librarians, Instructors) from equity seeking groups from all 24 colleges, to join us in a discussion focused on the barriers to access, opportunity and resources experienced in the college system. We would like to provide space to discuss our approach in the upcoming bargaining to ensure they represent your demands. We really hope you will join us, your input is essential.

*This event requires pre-registration at the link below.  The link to the Zoom meeting will be sent to the email you provide 1 hour before the event.

Equity Town Hall Registration Linkhttps://forms.gle/dw8ni3NAXPBLg9ke7

Indigenous Caucus (via Zoom) with the Bargaining Team – June 28th 12:00 – 1:30pm. 

We invite Indigenous faculty (Professors, Counsellors, Librarians, Instructors) from all 24 colleges, to join us in a discussion focussed on the barriers to access, opportunity and resources experienced by Indigenous faculty in the college system. We would like to discuss how our strategies and language in the upcoming bargaining can better represent First Nations, Metis and Inuit concerns. We really hope you will join us, your input is essential.

*This event requires pre-registration at the link below.  The link to the Zoom meeting will be sent to the email you provide 1 hour before the event.

Indigenous caucus registration link: https://forms.gle/bANMkNN229UZUSDx8


In solidarity, 
JP Hornick
Jonathan Singer
Michelle Arbour
Kathleen Flynn
Shawn Pentecost
Ravi Ramkissoonsingh
Rebecca Ward

Bargaining update – June 10, 2021

Clear and regular communications will be the hallmark of this round of negotiations, and this is only the first video in a series.   The team is also planning a series of ongoing virtual meetings with members on various bargaining-related issues, along with additional communications channels.

We will keep you, the bargaining advisory committee, the communications officers, and the Local Organizers posted on these as they become available.If you have any questions or feedback, please feel free to email us at bargaining2021@gmail.com

In solidarity,
JP Hornick
Jonathan Singer
Michelle Arbour
Kathleen Flynn
Shawn Pentecost
Ravi Ramkissoonsingh
Rebecca Ward

National Day of Mourning

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The National Day of Mourning, held annually on April 28, is a time to remember those who died, were injured or made ill from their work. It also marks a time where we can commit to protecting workers and preventing further workplace tragedies.

Pause. Reflect. Remember. Renew.

At 11 a.m., we will honour workers who have died, were injured, or became ill from their job, and will renew our commitment to health and safety in the workplace.

Rainbow Alliance arc en ciel (“RAA”) OutTV Giveaway

Do you identify with the Rainbow Community?

Stay Connected with OPSEU/SEFPO’s  Rainbow Alliance/Arc-En-Ciel for your chance to win a FREE one year OUTTV subscription.

Email your name, local number and union number to pride@opseu.org to be added to our email list!

Don’t know your union information? Be sure to reach out to a steward or call 1.800.268.7376.

Sign up before April 1st, 2021, to be added to the draw. There will be one lucky winner per Region!

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FREE Comedy Workshop presented by The Rainbow Alliance arc-en-ciel (“RAA”)

Please note that registration emails must be sent no later than 5pm on March 1, 2021, to pride@opseu.org 

For any inquiries regarding the information below,  please contact pride@opseu.org  

All of the information in post can also be found on the OPSEU website: https://opseu.org/event/stand-up-comedy-with-the-rainbow-alliance-arc-en-ciel/


Attention members of the rainbow-identified community: OPSEU/SEFPO’s Rainbow Alliance arc-en-ciel (RAA) invites you to participate in an online workshop where you can create stand-up comedy material using the punching up method with our special guest, Alice Rose!

Over the course of two meetings, Intro to Ethical Comedy will explore the fundamentals of comedy writing and performance.  Using an improvisational approach, the workshop will merge the principles of stand-up and storytelling to create a fun and engaging course for participants.

When: March 6 and March 20, 2021
Time: 1:00pm – 4:00pm
Location: Virtually on Zoom (a link will be provided to all participants in advance of workshops)
Cost: Free

For any questions or to register, please contact pride@opseu.org with your name and union number (Local 352). The deadline to register is March 1, 2021.

Please note: this workshop is intended for queer OPSEU/SEFPO members only.