Hello everyone –

This post is just a brief note about some upcoming events and issues.

The most important of these events is the Sessionals-only bargaining meeting, Thursday March 10 at 6 pm in Room 230 of 100 McCaul. The purpose of this meeting is for sessionals to provide further input into negotiations for the next Memorandum of Agreement. Sessionals are a big part of OCADFA, in terms of both their number and their contribution to our university. Help us refine your message as the bargaining process gains momentum. We are looking at organizing on-site daycare for this event, so if that is of interest please let Connie know by March 8 (conniereid@ocadu.ca).

Poster for Sessional-Only Meeting

Other events:

Tomorrow evening: Dr Sandra Grey, President of the Tertiary Education Union of New Zealand, will explain the devastating consequences of New Zealand’s shift from positioning education as a public good to a private market. Organized by CAUT.

Date: Tuesday March 1

Time: 5pm – 7pm

Location: William Doo Auditorium, New College, University of Toronto, 45 Willcocks Street


Wednesday morning: HR has arranged for an educator from Great-West Life to facilitate an education session that will provide support for members interested in learning more about their pension plan.

Topic: Getting started

Date: Wednesday, March 2nd, 2016

Time: 11:00am

Location: RHB 1015 (230 Richmond,10th floor board room)


Opportunity for action: some of you will know that Kanhaiya Kumar, the varsity’s students union president at New Delhi’s Jawaharlal Nehru University, remains in jail along with several other students in connection with a protest that occurred on February 9. Samir Gandesha, the Director of the Institute for the Humanities at Simon Fraser University, has created a petition and statement of solidarity. You can sign his petition here.