Fanshawe College Part-Time/Sessional Faculty to Take Part in Largest Union Vote in Ontario History

OPSEU Says Fanshawe College Part-Time/Sessional Faculty to Take Part in Largest Union Vote in Ontario History

LONDON, ONTARIO and ST. THOMAS, ONTARIO and WOODSTOCK, ONTARIO–(Marketwire – Jan. 22, 2009) – Part-time and sessional college faculty members at Fanshawe College campuses in London, St. Thomas and Woodstock will participate in the largest union vote in Ontario history next week to decide whether to join the Ontario Public Service Employees Union (OPSEU). More than 9,000 part-time and sessional employees working at 24 community colleges across Ontario are eligible to participate in the first union certification vote ever for this group.

Roger Couvrette, president of the provincial organization of college part-timers and sessionals (OPSECAAT), and the organization’s Vice President Candy Lindsay will be in London to discuss this historic vote with Fanshawe faculty members and the media.




Date: Friday January 23, 2009
Time: 10:00 a.m.
Place: Fanshawe College, K Building, LONDON, Ontario
Enter Fanshawe College Blvd. gate- formerly Second St.-and turn
right at stop sign.
Look for the blue college workers' bus in front of K building.

The Ontario Labour Relations Board (OLRB) ordered that the vote be held after OPSEU presented thousands of union membership application cards to the Board last December. The vote will take place at Fanshawe College campuses next Monday January 26.

“By voting yes, we’ll have the right to take part in collective bargaining to try and improve our wages and working conditions,” said Couvrette. “We’ll be able to create a more organized, stable work environment for part-timers at colleges, and build a better quality of education for the students we teach.”

The vote is being supervised by Labour Relations Officers of the OLRB and takes place on specific dates at each of the 24 college campuses from January 19 through February 5. Eligible voters can vote at their own campus or at any other campus location on the dates posted at www.collegeworkers.ca. OPSEU currently represents over 16,000 full-time support and academic staff at 24 Ontario community colleges.

For more information, please contact

OPSEU
Valerie Dugale
(647) 225-3685 (cell)

or

OPSEU
Roger Couvrette
(416) 553-0769 (cell)

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3 Comments

  1. Anonymous
    Posted January 22, 2009 at 6:54 pm | Permalink

    “…and build a better quality of education for the students we teach.”

    I’d like to hear from the students at York University who are liable to lose their year because of this sort of “better quality of education.”

  2. Anonymous
    Posted January 22, 2009 at 7:53 pm | Permalink

    Don’t forget about McSquinty and all those union donations. He won’t bring this to an end any time soon you know. Those folks are in his pocket.

  3. Anonymous
    Posted January 22, 2009 at 8:43 pm | Permalink

    “Those folks are in his pocket.”

    Or he’s in their pocket.

    Political pocket pool.


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