Trades College Legislation UpdateOCHU trades reps lobby Ministry staff
By Joe Reddy
In a meeting with Marsha Seca,Senior Policy Advisor, Ofﬁce of the Hon. John Milloy, and otherMinistry of Training, Colleges andUniversity staff, held July 30,OCHU President Michael Hurley,Area 3 V.P. Joe Reddy and Area 3Trades Rep Jim Tsoutsas, ourconcerns over the impending Bill183 were discussed.The discussion took shape afteran overview of the legislation andwhat the College would look like. The framework for theCollege was taken from ablueprint of existing College’s( Nursing, Teachers, Physicians )with an overlaying theme of self-regulation for the board.We expressed our concerns overthe issue of self-regulation. TheCollege system will leavetradespeople subject to double jeopardy- the possibility of bothbeing ﬁred and losing their licenseto practice their trade.The Ministry intends to retaintheir control of Apprenticeships,the curriculum, duration, wageschedules up to the point of certiﬁcation.The ministry intends to create aculture to make the trades moreattractive to youth, and see topromoting diversity amongst thetrades.As for the College the goal is tohave it operational by Jan, 2012,with the trades boards in place atthat time. We expressed theconcern that the structure of thenew College will leave unionizedtradespeople underrepresentedon the College’s trades boards.
An approximation of $100 annualfees was indicated. The boardswill also have representationbased on diversity, including unionrepresentation. Questions nowremain as to what that wouldlook like.
OCHU GTA Vice-presidentJoe Reddyand OCHUGTA Tradesrep Jim Tsoutsasprior to ameeting withsenior staff of theMinistry of Training,Colleges andUniversitiesaboutlegislationcreating anew tradesCollege
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