Bill 148 and Equal Pay Update – June 27, 2018

Bill 148 requires all Ontario employers, including Seneca, to pay Part-Time employees the same as Full-Time employees who do substantially the same work, as of April 1st, 2018.  Seneca is currently working on implementing this policy, and has been meeting with local union reps to provide updates. We have been promised that once Seneca’s Human Resources Team has completed their analysis of which jobs are substantially the same, we will be notified. Part-time employees who will receive a pay increase will be sent a letter. All raises will be retroactive to April 1st, 2018, regardless of whether or not a part-time employee is still working for Seneca. If you have left, please ensure that Seneca has your banking information on file, or a current address.
If you do NOT agree with the college’s assessment, and feel you do substantially the same job as full-time co-workers, then you must write a letter to HR. A form has been created by the college for this purpose. The college will review your request for a re-assessment, and give you a decision in writing. The college has requested that part-time employees wait until they have completed their initial assessment before completing the form. If you are not satisfied with the College’s written response to your appeal, the issue can be referred to the Ontario Labour Relations Board. If you appeal the College’s decision and are successful at any stage, your pay will still be retroactive to April 1st, 2018.
For more information on the college’s process, go to:
To join a Webinar on Bill 148 Impementation at Seneca, Thursday, June 28th, at Noon, go to:
Your Local Stewards, with the backing of OPSEU’s legal advisors, are here to help you at each stage of the process. We will help you identify whether there are positions that are substantially the same as your’s; help you write the letter to the college if your pay is not increased; help present your case to the college and Labour Relations Board (and cover any legal costs associated). Being in a Union gives you the benefit of an organized approach where we can all learn from each other’s victories and losses. If there is a job that is substantially the same as your’s among over 600 full-time positions at Seneca, the together we will find it!
Your Local 561 Part-Time Mobilizers (Mackenzie Jenkins, Tizzianna Browne and Ryan Williams) have been busy organizing Equal Pay Clinics, to be held at each campus. The first one will be at Newnham, on Friday, June 29th, from 10 am to 6 pm. This will be our “experiment” to see if the process we have designed is efficient. We will then make adjustments and schedule clinics at each campus over the next four weeks.
If you wish to participate, please complete the attached Equal Pay Worksheet, and drop in during a clinic. You can also email your form to, and we will do our best to assist you electronically.

Your Next Step for Bargaining: Register for the April 11th Tele-Town Hall Meeting NOW.

Dear College Support Part-time member,     

You are invited to join a special tele-town hall with President Warren (Smokey) Thomas, First Vice-President/Treasurer Eduardo (Eddy) Almeida and the College Support Part-Time Staff bargaining team on Wednesday, April 11, from 7 to 9 p.m.

Please confirm today that you want us to dial you in for this important interactive conference call!

We received more than 2700 responses to our bargaining survey, thank you.

The feedback from the survey will be used for this important next step: What are our key demands at the bargaining table, and what is their order of priority?

 Join the discussion, vote on our key issues, and choose the priority sequence of those issues for bargaining.


Please click on the link to let us know you will join us. You will be asked to provide your contact information so that you can be dialed in on April 11.

Sign me up!


Part Time College Delegates Elect a Bargaining Team

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

Christopher Millado

George Brown College, OPSEU Local 557

Jennifer Ayotte

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.

Part-Time Support Staff: Complete Your Bargaining Survey Before March 12th

Link to Survey Here (expired)

You have a Union. NOW you need some Union Rights. We must negotiate a First Employment Contract with Ontario’s Colleges, and fast. Please complete the Bargaining Survey linked above to let your Union and Bargaining Team know what is most important to you. Part-Time college workers across the province will be doing the same. Once we begin bargaining, we cannot add to the Wish List, so think carefully, and make sure you have your say, before March 12th, 2018.

Please share this post with all your Part-Time co-workers. Want to make sure you are on the mailing list for bargaining information?

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