The Crisis of Contingent Employment
If you are a part-time or sessional employee in the Ontario college system, you currently have no union representation or protection. You know only too well what this means: insecure employment term-to-term, low wages, and minimal benefits. The leadership of OPSEU 110 wants to change this. We want to see part-time and sessional faculty members union-represented and union-protected. That day will come, but until it does, we strongly encourage you to keep yourself informed of developments communicated on this site.
A Union for Contract Faculty
Up until 2008, the government of Ontario denied the right of part-time and sessional faculty in the colleges to unionize. Language expressly prohibiting unionization was included in the Colleges Collective Bargaining Act (CCBA). However, the Supreme Court of Canada recognized the right to unionize as constitutionally protected in 2007, and the Ontario government changed the CCBA.
Part-time support staff were recently certified as members of OPSEU. They will now begin bargaining their first contract with the College Employer Council.
OPSEU undertook an organization drive for part-time and sessional faculty and a vote was held in October 2017. We expect that the College Employer Council will engage in the same legal delay tactics as they did before, holding up the counting of the votes.
Statutory Holiday Pay
Ontario’s Bill 148 Fair Workplaces, Better Jobs Act brought colleges under the Employment Standards Act as of January 1, 2018. As such, part-time and sessional faculty are now eligible for statutory holiday pay.
Stat holiday pay is calculated using your regular wages from the pay period prior to the holiday divided by the number of days worked in the pay period.
Part Time and Sessional Faculty can participate in the CAAT Pension Plan
A common misconception is that you must be a member of the union to contribute to the CAAT Pension Plan. Not so. If you work as a part time or sessional college faculty member in Ontario, the CAAT Plan refers to you as “Other Than Regular Full-Time” (OTRFT) employee. An OTRFT employee is technically defined by the Plan as someone with a fixed contract end date. As of January 1, 2014 OTRFT members can opt to join the Plan immediately upon hire. Link to: CAAT Pension Plan Web Site
Importantly, although we cannot officially represent you, we are aware of your challenges, and we will provide information and updates pertinent to your concerns under this tab.