OTTAWA/PEMBROKE/PERTH, ON, Oct. 1 /CNW/ - Part-time support staff at Algonquin College campuses will pass judgment on the unfair treatment they've received for years when they vote next week on whether to join the Ontario Public Service Employees Union (OPSEU). The vote takes place Oct. 5 at the Ottawa campus, Oct. 6 in Pembroke and Oct. 7 in Perth.
Candy Lindsay, a lead organizer of the province-wide campaign, will be at the Algonquin Ottawa campus to discuss this historic vote with part-time support workers and the media. She will be joined by Algonquin OPSEU organizer Devon Ford.
Date: Friday October 2, 2009
Time: 10:30 am
Place: Support Staff Room
Room B111, B Building
Algonquin College, 1385 Woodroffe Ave. Ottawa
"What does it say about our province when institutions like our colleges offer nothing more than precarious, part-time, temporary work to more than 60 per cent of support staff?" says Lindsay. "We need good jobs with decent wages and benefits in order to raise our families and build strong communities."
The vote is part of the largest union certification vote in Ontario history with up to 10,000 college part timers eligible to cast votes. Almost half of them are students who have no voice and little recognition for what they contribute.
Supervised by the Ontario Labour Relations Board, the vote takes place on specific dates at college campuses from Oct. 5 to 27. Vote times and locations are available at www.collegeworkers.org.
OPSEU represents over 16,000 full-time support and academic staff at Ontario's colleges.
For further information: For further information: Valerie Dugale (647) 225-3685 (cell); Candy Lindsay, (705) 875-2761 (cell); Devon Ford (613) 762-3013 (cell)