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2012 caat s the support report-issue 1 en

  1. 1. Ontario Colleges of Applied Arts and Technologythe support reportOntario College Support Staff Newsletter May 2012 - Issue #1College Support workers gather for campaigns such as the part-time workers campaign, meets with the Minister of Colleges, Training and Universities toDivisional Meeting discuss matters that affect the membership and also liaisesSupport workers from Ontario’s 24 colleges are gathering with other labour groups such as the Ontario Federationon May 5 and 6, 2012 for a Divisional Meeting. Focusing on of Labour (OFL), Canadian Labour Congress (CLC), anddiscussion and resolution of policy issues, approximately National Union of Public and General Employees (NUPGE).100 OPSEU members from the College Support Division aremeeting at the Toronto Delta Chelsea hotel. Employee/Employer RelationsOur new Collective Agreement is remarkable as the first one Committeenegotiated under the terms of the 2008 Colleges Collective The responsibility of the Employee/Employer RelationsBargaining Act. This put a whole new set of rules in place, Committee (EERC) includes matters arising out of thehowever your bargaining team succeeded in using the Act to collective agreement during its term, and other mattersour benefit, in spite of the challenges. A focus of the weekend affecting the bargaining interests of the members. The roleis feedback on the recent round of bargaining and the strike of EERC is to make recommendations to the bargainingwith a view to improving processes. The members will also team about subjects of system-wide importance, facilitatelook to ways of strengthening locals and educating to win communication with management at the provincial level,grievances. preclude and resolve common problems during the life of theOver the next three years, our task will be to enforce our Collective Agreement and prepare the Bargaining Team tonew agreement. We are all going to have a part to play, from enter negotiations through information gathering.attending general membership meetings and union events The Union brings topics to the table such as workplaceto assisting with campaigns. Engaging with your union and wellness and gathers research through surveys or canvassingstanding in solidarity with all of our members is what makes local unions. The result could be ground work for newus strong. language in the collective agreement such as that for workplace bullying. The Union also looks at local agreementsWhat do your Division Committees and tries to achieve equality across the system, such asdo for you? tuition for dependents and family members.The following committee reports provide updates andinsights into what your union is doing to improve your daily Grievance Scheduling Committeeexperience on the job. It is the responsibility of the Grievance Scheduling Committee to schedule your grievances. They meet on the first FridayThe Division Executive Committee of each month, excluding July and August.  Your grievances come to the committee once internal steps have beenThe Division Executive (Divex) is the leadership of the College exhausted and your grievance has been denied at stepSupport Division. Committee members liaise with our other 2. Grievances are scheduled by date. Locals are sent the listprovincial committees and address issues that may have of grievances about a week before the meeting and askedsystem wide implications. These include workplace cutbacks, to provide the priority for grievances on the list, otherwisepension changes, legislative changes and organizing the committee schedules by date.  Dismissals and layoffcampaigns. grievances are the only grievances that are given first priority.The Divex does not address issues stemming from the A few days after the meeting, a tentative arbitration schedulecollective agreement, but rather they act as the political arm is sent to the locals. Each party is only allowed to turn downfor the College Support sector. The committee works on
  2. 2. a date two times. This is called the three strike rule.  College industry changes and claims administration. We also assistmanagement usually turns down two dates each time. This members with questions and resolve appeals when claimsis one of the reasons why it takes so long for your grievance are denied unfairly. If you wish to appeal a decision by Sunto be heard.  Once a scheduled arbitration date has been Life, contact either Kim Macpherson at OPSEU, a committeeturned down twice by one side, the grievance is then locked member or your local steward for more information.into the third date scheduled by the committee. During 2011, we saw a 1.5% benefit increase negotiated for members on LTD. All accounts are currently in surplus andThe Bargaining Team premiums are stable. Our green benefits books are currentlyWhen we approach the expiry of our Collective Agreement, being revised and we expect electronic versions to be readywe hold a pre-bargaining conference to discuss upcoming by summer. Sun Life plans to send “straight-forward” claimsissues and themes for the round of bargaining. This meeting to India for processing, and the Insurer insists this will notis where the bargaining team is elected. result in Ontario job losses: OPSEU is lobbying to have that decision reversed.The team is responsible for collecting demands for the finaldemand setting meeting. They make recommendations on Shirley McVittie retired in 2011 as Benefits Officer on thethe demands and present them to provincial delegates to JIC. Her compassion and contribution will not be forgotten.vote on. Demands passed by the provincial delegates are Please join us in wishing Shirley a long and healthy retirement.then drafted into an exchange document which is presentedto management. This document forms our roadmap for Pension Committeebargaining. Members of the Pension Committee serve as Sponsor andOnce the exchange document is presented, the bargaining Trustees of the CAAT Pension Plan. They have a fiduciaryteam meets and negotiates with management to discuss responsibility to pension plan members, beneficiaries and thechanges – both ours and management’s. Union to manage the plan’s assets and ensure the funds are available to pay promised pensions.Joint Classification Committee The Board of Trustees is responsible for the administration ofThe job of the Joint Classification Committee (JCC) is to the Plan. They ensure that the Plan’s trust funds are managedmake sure college support staff get the right pay for the work prudently and in accordance with applicable legal standards.they do. The JCC deals with province-wide job classification This requires a clear understanding of the duties andissues. standards of care required by legislation and other principles that apply to pension plans. The trustees decide on how theThe work performed by committee members includes assets are to be managed and invested. They delegate thereview and summary of classification awards; review of implementation process to plan staff. They then review thethe performance of arbitrators and study of controversial fund activities and performance to determine how well thedecisions; clarification of the application of the job evaluation system is functioning.system; communication with OPSEU members aboutclassification issues; development of training modules for The Pension Sponsor approves changes to the Plan text asarbitrators and stewards; identification of problems in the well as changes and improvements to benefits. Trustees andclassification system and development of strategies to fix Sponsors are currently engaged in a Plan Equity Review tothem; updates to the job evaluation manual and classification ensure that all members of the Plan receive equitable pensionawards database. benefits based on the amount of contributions made.If you believe your position is wrongly classified, speak toyour OPSEU local steward to identify the classification expert Visit the OPSEU websitefor your local. for the complete list of all committee members together with the colleges they represent, meeting minutes andJoint Insurance Committee terms of reference.Union members on the Joint Insurance Committee (JIC) meetwith Sun Life, Council and college reps to monitor benefitsplans, including costs and claims patterns, legislative andThis newsletter is approved for distribution by:OPSEU President, And College Support DivisionWarren (Smokey) Thomas Executive Committee Chair, Florry Foster