Union criticizes Ontario Colleges' unwillingness to consultThursday, October 10, 2013 by: SooToday.com Staff
ONTARIO PUBLIC SERVICES UNION
TORONTO - (Oct.ober 9) - Ontario College Faculty have been notified that the College Employer Council will not work together with them regarding proposed changes to the college system.
The Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities (MTCU) has drafted a plan to "differentiate" Ontario's 24 colleges with massive changes including eliminating some programs and moving or creating others.
On behalf of College Faculty, OPSEU President Warren (Smokey) Thomas contacted Don Sinclair at the College Employer Council and the Minister of Ontario Colleges and Universities, Brad Duguid, formally requesting the establishment of Joint Task Forces to work on the updated strategic mandates for the colleges.
"The task forces are in keeping with their collective agreement, which requires that faculty be included in the process from the start," said Thomas, "It is clear that the colleges' mandates are changing at the Government's direction and that the colleges and faculty need to work together for the benefit of Ontario college students."
"These changes will have a profound impact on our students, faculty, staff and administrators alike. Joint Task Forces will ensure the academic and administrative arms of Ontario colleges work together on the path set out by the current government. But more importantly, working together we can ensure that we are delivering a quality education to our students," said OPSEU College Faculty Division Chair, Benoit Dupuis.
College Faculty have been told that renegotiated mandates will be complete by the end of March, 2014.
"The time to work together is now. College Faculty are the experts when it comes to students' education," said Dupuis. "We expect Ontario colleges to put quality education first and ensure faculty are included with regards to these planned sweeping changes."
OPSEU represents more than 8000 faculty members at Ontario's 24 colleges.
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wakeup 10/11/2013 10:34:46 AM Report
Oh , so u mean by quality , that such as in the ministry of natural resources, the teach wont by pass the safty video, as in his words , a waste of time, an pass student who cant run things like a chain saw properly, as a 15 minute lesson on use of a chain saw is certainly not enough to hand out certificates, or maybe when teachers are to give three hour lectures it will actually be a three hour lecture that properly educates, instead of a minor three quaters to a hour , of here a couple handouts , now figure it out, they dobt want real changes as their jobs wil have to be done correctly, instead of the get paid to do nothing, as it is they are paid far to much an the quality of education, far below what our tax dollars pay for, kids getting loans for school starting life with debt should be getting far more then they get from this poorly organized lazy bunch of so called educaters, but once again as this government has caved into these so called unions year after year all we have is a bunch of jerks who get paid to do less an they dont take pride nor do they even fullfill they jobs
rcssm69 10/11/2013 11:32:15 AM Report
WTF did he say?!?!?!?!???????
rcssm69 10/11/2013 11:34:06 AM Report
wakeup...your rants on here are getting worse and worse...same as your spelling! You are caught up in complaining so much, your rants don't make any sense!!!
Can we get an interpreter please!!!