OPSEU Local 241 - Mohawk College Support Staff

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Enjoy a lunch for Support Staff provided by OPSEU 241 August 17!

Drop in with your co-workers to ask us about bargaining, the union, or just to say hello and chat. Full-time bargaining mobilizer Carla Tillapaugh will be on hand to answer any questions that you may have.

Join us in The Cellar on Fennell campus from 12-2, Wednesday, August 17. If you can’t make it to Fennell, a boxed lunch will also be provided on IAHS and SC campuses for those that sign up.

Registration is needed, so we can gauge the numbers for catering. Please sign up at: https://forms.gle/LV4z5J5njb73xuPJ7

We hope to see you there!

2022 August 5|Bargaining, Full-Time Members|

Show your support August 10

The next Blue Shirt Day is August 10. Show your support by wearing blue that day!  

Let the colleges hear your voice. Let’s unify for dignity, fairness and respect. Your bargaining team is asking support staff to wear blue on August 10 to tell the colleges you want a fair contract.

Take a photo of you and/or your co-workers wearing blue over your lunch break, in person or on Teams or Zoom, and send it in to treasurer@opseu241.ca.

Second week bargaining update

The College Support Full-Time bargaining team met with the employer on July 19, 20 and 21. It was our second week at the bargaining table. The union and the employer clarified a number of proposals from each side and provided context and reasoning.

We emphasized the importance of our demands and encouraged the employer to provide us with meaningful responses. Our members sent us to the table with these demands and the employer hasn’t addressed them yet. We made it clear to the employer that we are here to bargain and are expecting significant talks to happen at our next set of dates.

Although we are applying for an exemption to Bill 124 (which caps our wages to 1% per year for three years despite soaring inflation), there are also a number of non-monetary demands that we have tabled, including the following:

Fairness: Job competitions and job security

We have tabled the demand to give part-time and Appendix D employees access to full-time job competitions, and to have a system of equating job experience with levels of education. This will ensure that all members will have fair access to job competitions, and ensure that members with high levels of experience aren’t denied positions due to unnecessarily strict educational qualifications.

We’ve tabled a proposal to give members on probation access to vacancies when lay-off processes take place. We have also tabled language to eliminate final displacement; this will ensure better job security.

Respect: Equity provisions for Indigenous members

After thorough consultations with Indigenous leaders and deep reflection, we created and tabled our proposals to start addressing some of the inherent barriers for Indigenous CAAT-S members. We will continue to reflect and seek guidance to ensure inequities are addressed and barriers removed.

The bargaining team has sent a strong message that the employer cannot ignore: Colleges must ensure that Indigenous employees have welcoming and inclusive workplaces that respect traditional ways and culture.

Dignity: Health and safety provisions and vacation time

We tabled the demand that all safety devices required by support staff be provided at no cost to the employee. Support staff typically spend more time in labs and other areas of the workplace, and require safety devices more often than any other working group.

We’ve also tabled the demand that we align the vacation calendar with the benefits calendar (January 1 to December 31), and to realign the date to request vacation to November 1. Currently, the vacation year starts on July 1, which means vacation entitlement gets reset in the summer when members typically need vacation days the most.

2022 August 2|Bargaining, Full-Time Members|

Mobilizer Meet & Greet – Tuesday, July 26

Join us for coffee at your campus with our full-time bargaining mobilizer Carla Tillapaugh on Tuesday, July 26!

Stop by to ask us about the union, bargaining, or just to say hello and chat.

  • Stoney Creek room A103, 10:00 am to 11:00 am
  • IAHS room 201, noon to 1:00 pm
  • Fennell room i131, 2:00pm to 4:00 pm

Share this message with your fellow support staff. We hope to see you there!

2022 July 21|All Members, Bargaining, Full-Time Members|

Blue Shirt Day

Members of the Local Executive Committee were on-campus July 13 for Blue Shirt Day, and were glad that they were able to speak to so many members about the importance of a fair contract. Pictured at the Fennell Campus is Sara (Steward), Caitlin (Acting Vice-President), Melissa (Treasurer) and Tracey-Ann (President).

The next Blue Shirt Day is August 10. Show your support by wearing blue that day!  

Pictured right to left is Sara, Caitlin, Melissa and Tracey-Ann. They are seated in front of flowers at the main doors to the Mohawk College C wing

July 13 is Blue Shirt day!

With the college support full-time contract set to expire on August 31, 2022, bargaining has begun for the next contract. Support staff help students through every aspect of the student experience from admissions to convocation.

The colleges can’t work without support staff. They’re employed in more than 150 professions in the college.

Make the colleges hear your voice. Let’s unify for dignity, fairness and respect. Your bargaining team is asking support staff to wear blue on July 13 and August 10 to tell the colleges you want a fair contract.

Take a photo of you and/or your co-workers wearing blue over your lunch break, in person or on Teams or Zoom, and send it in to treasurer@opseu241.ca.

Blue tshort with text "We are bargaining the next contract"
2022 July 12|Bargaining|

CAAT-S FT bargaining bulletin 1: Proposals exchanged

Our bargaining team exchanged proposals on June 15. The opening statement outlined the ever-changing environment at our colleges and the increased demands on support staff for more work with less time and resources.

The team has summarized the proposals and shared the exchange document they gave the employer. The proposal covered:

  • Job competition
  • Job security
  • Vacation
  • Health and safety
  • Holidays
  • Working conditions
  • Education
  • Wages
  • Leaves
  • Benefits

We believe in transparency, open communication and accountability to all support staff.

You can read the full bulletin and download the proposals document here.

2022 July 3|Bargaining|

The new PT Collective Agreement is here!

The new Part-Time Collective agreement has been added to our website, and is available to download. The agreement applies to:

  • Regular Part-Time employees – Continuous part-time positions with no end dates and regularly scheduled hours on a weekly basis. Some may work less than 12 months of the year. 
  • Casual employees – Work on an on-call basis or do not have regularly scheduled hours on a weekly basis. 
  • Temporary employees – Temporarily replacing a Regular Part-Time employee that is on leave for no more than 9 months. 
  • Student employees – Any student working in a position that is only available to current students of the college, such as CSEP and co-op positions.
  • Projects of non-recurring kind (PNRK) – Contract positions for non-recurring projects that don’t exceed 12 months in length.

The Collective Agreements can be found in our Member Help Centre

2022 July 2|Part-Time Members|

Full-time Support Staff – Town Hall

OPSEU Local 241 is hosting an information Town Hall meeting via Zoom on Wednesday, June 29 at noon, for Full-Time Support Staff.

The Town Hall will include updates on the new Collective Agreement bargaining negotiations for Full-time Support Staff members. Carla Tillapaugh, OPSEU Mobilizer for Regions 1 & 2, will be in attendance, and a question period will follow.

You must register with a non-Mohawk email address. Click here to RSVP.

We look forward to seeing you there!

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About Local 241

OPSEU Local 241 proudly represents all Support Staff at Mohawk College, including part-time and student employees.

Local Stewards are volunteers who offer confidential support to help navigate life in the workplace and exercise our rights as workers. Need assistance? Contact us.

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