OPSEU President Warren “Smokey” Thomas will be in town on May 21, 2014

OPSEU local 659 (Canadore College Faculty) has invited us to join them in a meet and greet with OPSEU President Warren “Smokey” Thomas.

If you are interested in attending the meet and greet on May 21st from 4:30 pm to 7:00 pm at the Voyager please RSVP to opseu@nipissingu.ca by May 9th

There will be some snacks served during the meet and greet, please let us know if you have any allergies or dietary concerns we should know about.

Solidarity Day: Wednesday April 16, 2014


We have buttons! Don’t have one? Message us at our Facebook page or contact one of your executive members and we’ll get you one.

Thank you Verdon for designing them, and all of the lovely ladies in Print Plus for making them! If you are looking for buttons for your event, contact Print Plus.

Don’t forget, tomorrow is another solidarity day! Please wear an OPSEU or blue coloured shirt in support of our bargaining team!

Bargaining Update (April 15 2014)‏

As you all should be aware our current collective agreement expires on April 30th, 2014. Your bargaining team members (Rob Boulet, Kyle Charron and Dave Vadnais) have meet the employer on April 8th and 9th and have three more days scheduled in April.

Our bargaining process began over a year ago, much research and energies have gone into what the team is working on with the employer. Thanks to everyone who took their own time to come out to meetings on evenings, and weekend morning, and to those who represented departments and put in even more work. Without your help this process would have been much more difficult.

From all of the information gathered, discussed and voted on. The bargaining team was given its mandate at the January 30th demand set meeting.
After the first two days of bargaining, the bargaining team currently believes that they can reach a fair contract with the University prior to the April 30th deadline.

However, should they require longer than the end of April, the current collective agreement will be extended past the April 30th date.
If during the bargaining process the team arrives at an impasse at any point, there will be an immediate call for a meeting to discuss with the membership and seek direction.

Thank you everyone for your ongoing support, through emails, in person and your shows of solidarity. The bargaining team will endeavor to keep you posted with as much information as they can.

The next Solidarity Day is tomorrow Wednesday April 16. Please support your bargaining team and wear an OPSEU or blue coloured shirt.

Wear Blue!

Our bargaining team will be meeting to negotiate our collective agreement on Tuesday April 8 and Wednesday April 9 this week. We’d like to ask you, our members, to wear an OPSEU shirt or a blue coloured shirt on these days to show your support.

We will also have buttons available in the near future.
Please look to your personal email accounts, our website, our Facebook page and our Blackboard shell for information over the next few weeks.