Show your support for college faculty, take action today!

College faculty members represented by OPSEU/SEFPO are currently undertaking a work-to-rule strike action at Ontario’s 24 public colleges. This comes on the heels of a successful strike mandate, as voted by college faculty members, and after the imposition of terms and conditions by the employer in December.

As such, college faculty are only performing the duties outlined in their job descriptions, and nothing outside the time allotted in their contracts. It’s an effective way to ramp up the pressure on the employer, without placing additional stress and burden on students.

But as these actions escalate, college faculty need your support. Please help us send a strong message to the colleges, and their presidents, by encouraging them to direct the College Employer Council (CEC) to return to the bargaining table.

It’s fast, easy and can make a big difference!

Just go to the College faculty bargaining website and click on a college. Complete the form to send an email to the college president and board chair. It will be copied to: Linda Franklin, President and CEO, Colleges Ontario; Graham Lloyd, CEO, (CEC); Laurie Rancourt, Chair, CEC bargaining team; Jill Dunlop, Minister of Colleges and Universities; Premier Doug Ford; and the OPSEU/SEFPO college faculty bargaining team.

Let’s remind them that it’s time to put students first!

To the hundreds of members who have already taken action – thank you. Your efforts are making a difference and your solidarity matters – because the more emails college administrators get, the clearer and louder the message will be.

Every message matters, so please take a moment to send yours!

2022 January 14|All Members|

Member Information Sessions with the 2022 Full-time Support Staff Bargaining Team

Meet the Full-time Support Staff Bargaining Team. Find out how the bargaining process works and how to get what you want in your collective agreement.

The FT Bargaining Team will be offering three upcoming information sessions to all CAAT-S members across the province.

They will be sharing thoughts on the next round of bargaining, as well as some recommendations that locals might want to consider. There will be an opportunity to answer questions or concerns from the members directly. We hope that these sessions will be helpful and educational.

Below are the registration links for the lunch and learns. They are not the links to the meetings. Once people register, they will receive the link to the meeting. Please do not share the meeting link with others once you receive it, since we have a limited number of spots and want to ensure everyone that registers can join.

Wednesday, December 15 at noon
Wednesday, December 15 at 5pm
Tuesday, December 21 at noon

We encourage all FT members to join. These meetings will shape how we do bargaining and how we engage our members in the process.

National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence against Women

December 6 is the National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence against Women, a day inspired by the lives of the 14 young women at l’École Polytechnique de Montréal who were murdered because of their gender. Every year on this day, we reaffirm our commitment to fighting against all forms of violence against women.

This day is an opportunity to reflect on violence against women in our society and to remember those who have died as a result of gender-based violence.

2021 December 6|Uncategorized|

Local Officers election results

Thank you so much to those that attended October’s Annual General Meeting. We are pleased to announce the results of the Local Officers elections:

President: Tracey-Ann Prokipczuk

Treasurer: Melissa Mellor

Secretary: Paula Golding

Communications Officer: Deborah Konig

Full-Time Unit Steward: Susan Lau

Donna Drywood
Debbie Kendall

We are also seeking new stewards, especially those to represent our part-time members. Stewards meet once a month at the Local Executive Committee meeting. They help answer member questions, direct them to resources, and provide valuable insight into working conditions across the college. If you have any questions, or would like any further information please feel free to contact any Officer or Steward or email: info@opseu241.ca

2021 November 11|Uncategorized|

October Membership Meeting and Local Elections

The next online general membership meeting is Wednesday, October 13, 5:30-7 pm. We will vote to approve the Local’s budget for 2022 and run elections for Local Officer positions. Nomination details are below.

Register to attend through Zoom

Sign Your Card to Vote

If you do not have an OPSEU membership card, you must sign up for one before you can vote. Submit your Membership Form online

Call for New Stewards

Any member of Local 241 can volunteer as a Steward. Stewards meet once a month at the Local Executive Committee meeting. They help answer member questions, direct them to resources, and provide valuable insight into working conditions across the college. The more stewards we have, the better! We are especially looking for part-time members. Contact us for more info!

Nominations Open for All Officer Positions

Submit your nominations online! All officers are volunteers. Our Local has:

  • 7 officers, who handle the day-to-day business of the Local
  • 2 trustees, who audit the Local’s spending and work with the treasurer on audit reports

Who can be nominated?

Any member of the Local can be nominated as a Trustee. A trustee cannot be a steward or hold any other position

Any steward can be nominated to any officer position

  • President
  • Vice-President
  • Treasurer
  • Secretary
  • Communications Officer
  • Full-time Unit Steward
  • Part-time Unit Steward

We look forward to seeing you on October 13!

Provincial Women’s Committee (PWC) invites applications for the 2021 Women’s Conference

This year’s conference will be held virtually on Monday, October 18 and Tuesday, October 19, 2021.

The theme, “I AM MORE THAN,” will build on our 2019 conference and will highlight and connect the various ways in which we are “more than” what is visible.

This Conference will focus on the strength and resilience of women. Participants will gain an in-depth understanding of the many ways in which women contribute in all aspects of our society. We will showcase skills, strengths, attributes, and talents that are not always recognized, celebrated or encouraged.

Our goal is to present a thought-provoking roster of speakers, panel discussions, artists and performers who will give their insights and knowledge.

Do not miss this opportunity to network, learn, share experiences and have some fun.

Please submit your application no later than midnight, September 24, 2021. You can apply directly by logging onto OPSEU’s member portal. Only online applications will be accepted for this event. We will be applying the criteria as set out in questions 1-9 of the application form. Incomplete applications will not be considered.

View the tentative conference program, and for any additional requirements, please contact the Equity Unit directly at provincialwomensconference@opseu.org

2021 September 14|All Members, External Events|

Labour Day message from Warren (Smokey) Thomas and Eduardo (Eddy) Almeida

Each year, on the first Monday of September, we celebrate the achievements of workers and the powerful movement we have built together, as we commemorate Labour Day.

Throughout history, from the eight-hour work day to employment insurance and parental leave, it has been workers who have fought for, and achieved Canada’s greatest social policies, and all in the name of solidarity, equity, and progress.

In these COVID times, we have our work cut out for us in the fight to build a better Ontario. Fortunately, workers know how to achieve it.

Read the full message

2021 September 6|All Members|

Frequently Asked Questions about mandatory vaccinations

With the fourth wave of the COVID-19 crisis upon us, many employers in Ontario have been developing workplace policies calling for mandatory vaccines and testing. The Ford government has also announced a vaccine passport will be brought in this month.

As members continue to navigate these challenging times and, in many cases, plan their own return to the traditional workplace, they have asked OPSEU/SEFPO about these policies, and their impact on workers’ personal health choices and working conditions.

OPSEU has answered some of the most commonly-asked questions and answers about mandatory vaccinations. Read more

2021 September 2|All Members, Health & Safety|

OPSEU/SEFPO committed to healthy and safe workplaces

OPSEU/SEFPO’s Executive Board has discussed and debated these issues thoroughly and feels the best way to protect the union’s members and the public is to follow the advice of public health experts, protect personal privacy, and promote healthy and safe workplaces while defending members’ rights.

The Executive Board is committed to following public health advice, as directed by Ontario’s Chief Medical Officer of Health and the Ontario COVID-19 Science Advisory Table. The Board believes this is our best chance to stop the spread of COVID-19 and keep workers safe. The Executive Board reaffirmed its support for personal health choices and the protection of people’s personal medical information.

In addition, OPSEU/SEFPO will continue to defend its members, and advocate for appropriate PPE and effective policies to ensure their health and safety.

Read the resolution

2021 August 27|All Members, Health & Safety|

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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, one-on-one support to our members to help navigate life in the workplace and exercise our rights as workers. Need assistance? Contact us.

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