On March 24 and 25, two part time college support delegates from almost every college in Ontario got together for a two-day meeting to discuss strategies for Bargaining and Mobilizing to achieve a First Contract for our newest bargaining unit. A Bargaining Team was elected, with student and non-student representation. Your new Bargaining Team includes:
Ted Claeys, Chair
Fanshawe College, OPSEU Local 124
Duncan McFarlane, Vice Chair
Algonquin College, OPSEU Local 416
George Brown College, OPSEU Local 557
Cambrian College, OPSEU Local 656
A number of alternates were also elected, including Seneca’s own Mackenzie Jenkins (Learning Centre, Seneca@York). In addition, the Team will include two ex-officio members (advice but no vote). Janice Hagan of Seneca College, and Chair of the College Support Full Time Divisional Executive, and Connie Collins, Chair of the College Support Full Time Bargaining Team will provide administrative support and liaison between the Part Time and Full Time units. We want to ensure our new bargaining unit has all of our resources and history at their finger tips.
The Team will be hosting a Tele-Town-Hall Meeting on April 11th, to collect your votes on priorities for the First Contract. They will be developing strategies for communication and negotiations, and expect to hit the Table with Management in the next month.