Ontario Public Service Employees Union (OPSEU)

Ontario Public Service Employees Union (OPSEU)

December 15, 2006 13:49 ET

OPSEU: Union Appalled as Key Provincial Activist Suspended by Fanshawe College

TORONTO, ONTARIO--(CCNMatthews - Dec. 15, 2006) - The Ontario Public Service Employees Union (OPSEU) reacted with outrage at the news that a key provincial activist was suspended for three days from her teaching position at Fanshawe College.

Paddy Musson, head of the provincial executive committee for faculty in 24 Ontario Colleges and president of OPSEU Local 110, (Fanshawe faculty), was suspended for warning faculty at Fanshawe that college administration reads mail sent to and from a college e-mail address.

"As long as the college takes the position that it can read any e-mails sent to and by faculty, the warning is necessary," she said. "This is about academic freedom and privacy issues -even the police don't have the power to invade people's privacy without cause."

Musson was also a high-profile activist during the province-wide college faculty strike earlier this year.

OPSEU President Leah Casselman condemned the college's action. "This is clearly a reprisal against a key union activist for her outspoken leadership. It's appalling."

The union is grieving the suspension.

Contact Information

  • Provincial Executive, College Faculty
    Paddy Musson
    (519) 433-3057
    OPSEU Communications
    David Cox
    1-800-268-7376 x 8314