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Faculty Complain That Union Bullies Its Own Members & Is Too Aggressive With Management

by Matthew Pearson and Andrew Pinsent

Faculty members at Algonquin College are speaking out against their union’s leaders who are currently embroiled in a war of words with the college’s administration over the sorry state of labour relations on campus.

At issue is the high number of outstanding grievances the faculty union, Ontario Public Sector Employees’ Union Local 415, has against the college, not to mention the thousands of dollars being spent annually to settle issues at the arbitration table.

Last year alone Algonquin paid almost $450,000 in arbitrator and legal fees.

Stung by press coverage, college president Robert Gillett wrote employees this month to say the “unflattering picture” of Algonquin was unfair and didn’t reflect the college’s relationship with faculty.

He doesn’t appear to be alone in that opinion.

“Our union can be very aggressive,” said one member. “They will grieve a hangnail here.”

The professor spoke glowingly about working at Algonquin, but did not want her name published out of fear that her own union might come after her. The union represents full-time and partial load faculty at the college.

“I don’t want the union to know because they can make it very difficult,” she said. “But what

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