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Kathleen Flynn joins OPSEU Bargaining Committee representing 12,000 College Faculty

Updated: Oct 24, 2022

On November 20-21, a group of enthusiastic CAAT-A delegates gathered virtually to survey the current bargaining environment and elect their 2021 bargaining team. Chair RM Kennedy led attendees through an agenda devoted to an overview of key issues facing college faculty and students in the midst of the pandemic. Presentations from labour allies, information about organizing initiatives, and a survey of bargaining priorities rounded out the conference.

Kathleen Flynn - she/her

Kathleen Flynn is a full-time professor, teaching social science courses in the General Education and General Arts and Science programs at Durham College. She is the acting Vice-President for Local 354 and has embraced other roles, such as steward and chief steward, and is a member of the Workload Monitoring Group, the Union College Committee and the Joint Health and Safety Committee. Kathleen has worked in the Ontario college system since 2012 as a part-time, partial-load and full-time faculty member. She has over a decade of experience teaching and developing curriculum in face-to-face, hybrid and online (synchronous and asynchronous) formats at every education level in Ontario as a K-12 teacher in both elementary and secondary schools, college professor and a Faculty of Education sessional instructor. Kathleen’s experience in Ontario classrooms from kindergarten to postsecondary has provided her with unique insight into the educational gaps and pedagogical disruption occurring across the education system, resulting in new and continuing workload issues for college faculty. Being an online teacher and enthusiastic union activist, she often finds her research interests combine her passion for equity issues and education with digital technologies. Kathleen is looking forward to her continued role as a regional evaluator for the Prime Minister’s Awards for Teaching Excellence and her new role as a CAAT-A bargaining team member!

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