Ontario Public Service Employees Union (OPSEU)

Ontario Public Service Employees Union (OPSEU)

March 07, 2008 15:03 ET

OPSEU Asks for Recognition for Part-Time College Workers

TORONTO, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - March 7, 2008) - The Ontario Public Service Employees Union is calling for the 24 community colleges to recognize OPSEU as the union for 12,500 part-time workers.

OPSEU now represents full-time faculty and support staff at the colleges. In the largest organizing drive in Ontario history, the part-time and sessional employees are now seeking to join OPSEU.

Most part-time employees have so far been excluded from bargaining by the Colleges Collective Bargaining Act, but the McGuinty government has signaled that this could soon change.

OPSEU President Warren (Smokey) Thomas wrote today to the Colleges Compensation and Appointments Council asking for a meeting to kick-start a process where part-time and sessional employees could bargain a contract.

"It is clear that the continued statutory exclusion of these employees from collective bargaining is unconstitutional," Thomas wrote.

"It is also clear that the part-time and sessional college employees have expressed a strong desire to be represented by OPSEU."

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