January 17, 2019


Tuition cuts come with steep cost for students and education: OPSEU


TORONTO – OPSEU President Warren (Smokey) Thomas says Premier Doug Ford’s 10 per cent cut to college and university tuition fees is a recipe for disaster and is a full frontal attack on democracy.

“Today was really about cuts to funding for Ontario post-secondary institutions. That’s bad news for Ontario colleges and universities, and bad news for students,” said Thomas. “Ford is giving you a little extra cash, and then screwing you over.”

“Colleges and universities are getting cut to the bone. Student debt will not go down. Access to education will not improve. There are no winners today,” said Thomas.

“Ford just slammed the door on low income families who want to send their kids to college. 10 per cent tuition cuts across the board does nothing to level the playing field and make education more accessible.”

Thomas noted that Ford cancelled the College Task Force, which would have provided the consultation and advice to make better decisions. Ford also bypassed the legislature committee, which is travelling the province to hear from Ontarians about what they want to see in Ford’s first budget.

“Ford’s announcements on education and further restructuring health care this week have short circuited the committee’s work and turned it into a total sham,” Thomas said.  “The Premier is making a mockery of democracy.

“I’m especially worried about what this means for our northern communities,” said Kella Loschiavo, Chair of OPSEU’s Universities Sector. “Limiting access to tuition grants and cutting services will hit those students hard.”

RM Kennedy, OPSEU College Faculty Executive Chair, said the Ford government’s decision will be a disaster for the quality of Ontario’s education system, which already has the lowest per student funding in Canada. “They have just blasted a hole in the operating budgets of the colleges and universities. That means more precarious work, less services, and a further assault on the quality of education offered to our students.”

“Ford is coming after student services,” said OPSEU Support Staff Division Chair, Janice Hagan. “By making student fees optional, he is effectively cutting student events and activities, student newspapers and radio, all those things that make campus life great. Those are exactly the things that keep students in school.

“Student fees also fund peer support services that provide tutoring and mental health supports, and which provide jobs to so many students. The government just made everyone’s college years worse,” said Hagan.

OPSEU represents approximately 50,000 public post-secondary education workers across the province. This includes college faculty, full-time and part-time support staff, and university staff and faculty.

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For more information: 
Warren (Smokey) Thomas, OPSEU President, 613-329-1931
RM Kennedy, OPSEU College Faculty Division Chair, 416-346-8382
Janice Hagan, OPSEU College Support Division Chair, 416-540-9642

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

The sender is: Voter Info

Once you have your 8 digit PIN you can vote online at:

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?

Q: What if I have technical problems?
A: If you forget your password for your fleming email, you can use the password reset tool:  You can also e-mail Fleming IT services for help accessing your Fleming email —   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: .

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).