April 25, 2007 10:44 ET

Couvrette Re-Elected President of Part-Time College Workers' Association

TORONTO, ONTARIO--(CCNMatthews - April 25, 2007) - The Organization of Part-time and Sessional Employees of the Colleges of Applied Arts and Technology (OPSECAAT) re-elected Algonquin College teacher Roger Couvrette as its president at its annual general meeting last weekend the Sheraton Centre Hotel in Toronto.

Candy Lindsay, an educational support worker at Fleming College in Peterborough was re-elected vice-president. Yvette Munro, a teacher at Humber College in Toronto, was elected secretary-treasurer.

Part-time and sessional college employees are excluded by law from union membership and have no bargaining rights. OPSECAAT was founded in November 2006 to organize part-time workers and lobby for a change to this legislation.

"As part-time college workers, we have no job security, few if any benefits, and are seriously underpaid for the work we do," said Couvrette. "I look forward to working with a group of committed part-time workers to right an historical wrong."

OPSECAAT represents about 17,000 part-time support staff and faculty employed at Ontario's 24 community colleges. Last year, the International Labour Organization in Geneva ruled that these workers should have bargaining rights "as any other workers."

Contact Information

    Roger Couvrette
    (613) 878-2250