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CAUT New Activists Workshop — November 22, 2018 / Atelier de l’ACPPU pour les nouveaux militants – 22 novembre 2018

September 25th, 2018

Memorandum 18:26

Date:  September 25, 2018

To:  Presidents and Administrative Officers; Local and Federated Associations

From:  David Robinson, Executive Director

Re:  CAUT New Activists Workshop — November 22, 2018

The recruitment and retention of members into active volunteer service is an ongoing challenge for academic staff associations. To support this effort, the Canadian Association of University Teachers has developed a “New Activists Workshop” aimed at encouraging people on the cusp of involvement to more fully invest time and energy into their associations.

This fast-paced, day-long event will happen in Ottawa at the Westin Hotel on November 22, 2018

(the day before CAUT November Council) and will feature a mix of open discussion, plenary presentations, and small group work. After exploring the challenges confronting academic workplaces, participants will put their new knowledge to work in a scenario-based, skills-building exercise. Topics covered include collective bargaining, grievance handling, equity, casualization, academic freedom, governance, membership engagement, graphic design, video production, and communications and media relations. Beyond transferring specific knowledge, the event will also be an enjoyable occasion for academic staff to meet peers from across the country and generate enthusiasm and interest in association work.

Associations are encouraged to register a new member who is likely to move into active leadership positions in the near future. Space is limited to 20 participants, and no more than one per association. Feedback from the 2016 and 2017 workshops was incredibly positive so we are expecting another even better time this year. Early enrolment is encouraged at https://registration.caut.ca/index.php?event_id=naw2018&language=e. The agenda is attached. For more information contact Christina Muehlberger, CAUT’s Membership Engagement, Organizing, and Outreach Officer ([email protected] / 613-820-2270 x182).

The Workshop will be conducted in English; there will be no simultaneous translation. Delegates are required to make their own hotel reservations with the Westin Ottawa.

Associations are encouraged to include workshop participants as observers to CAUT Council.

CAUT will provide assistance for an association’s representative on the same basis as we provide assistance for Council delegates. CAUT will cover the cost of transportation to Ottawa for one representative per association. Air travel should be booked early to take advantage of the lowest fares and no later than November 9. CAUT policy is to use unionized air carriers unless there is no other option available. Airline reservations must be made directly with CAUT̓’s travel agency, WE Travel (1-888-676-7747). WE Travel will require the booking code 6-5423 in order to make travel reservations and bill CAUT directly.

PLEASE NOTE: Participants will be responsible for any change fees and extra costs incurred if they request changes to travel booked.

CAUT subsidizes accommodation and per diem costs of associations with relatively few members based on the following formula:

Accommodation and per diem costs of the representative minus association membership multiplied by the number of days of the event.

See CAUT Policy on Reimbursement of Participants’ Expenses for CAUT Workshops for further details.

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Note 18:26

 

Date :  Le 25 septembre 2018

 

Destinataires :  Présidents et agents administratifs; Associations locales et fédérées

 

Expéditeur :  David Robinson, directeur général

 

Objet :  Atelier de l’ACPPU pour les nouveaux militants – 22 novembre 2018

 

 

 

 

 

Recruter et retenir des membres intéressés par le bénévolat actif demeure un défi permanent pour les associations de personnel académique. C’est dans cet objectif que l’Association canadienne des professeures et professeurs d’université (ACPPU) a conçu un « atelier pour les nouveaux militants » afin d’encourager les personnes sur le point de s’engager dans ce sens à investir davantage de temps et d’énergie dans leurs associations.

 

Cette activité de formation accélérée d’un jour se tiendra à Ottawa, à l’hôtel Westin, le 22 novembre 2018 (la veille de l’assemblée de novembre du Conseil de l’ACPPU). Au programme de l’atelier sont prévus des discussions libres, des présentations en séance plénière et des séances de travail en groupes restreints. Après avoir examiné les enjeux auxquels est confronté le milieu de travail académique, les participants seront amenés à mettre leurs nouvelles connaissances en pratique dans le cadre d’un exercice de renforcement des compétences basé sur des scénarios. Les thèmes abordés comprendront notamment la négociation collective, le règlement des griefs, l’équité, la précarisation, la liberté académique, la mobilisation des membres, le graphisme, la production vidéo, les communications et les relations avec les médias. En plus de permettre aux participants d’acquérir un savoir-faire spécifique, cet événement leur offrira une agréable occasion de rencontrer leurs pairs de partout au pays et de partager leur enthousiasme et leur intérêt pour le travail associatif.

 

Les associations sont invitées à y inscrire un nouveau membre susceptible d’exercer un rôle de leadership actif dans un proche avenir. Le nombre de participants est limité à 20, et à un seul par association. Compte tenu des commentaires très positifs que nous avons reçus à la suite des ateliers de 2016 et 2017, nous comptons offrir une expérience encore plus enrichissante cette année. Nous vous encourageons à inscrire un participant sans délai à l’adresse https://registration.caut.ca/index.php?event_id=naw2018&language=f. Le programme de l’atelier est joint à la présente note. Pour de plus amples renseignements, communiquez avec Christina Muehlberger, agente de la mobilisation des membres, de la syndicalisation et de liaison à l’ACPPU ([email protected] ou 613 820-2270, poste 182).

 

L’atelier se déroulera en anglais, et aucun service d’interprétation simultanée ne sera assuré. Les participants sont tenus de faire leurs propres réservations d’hôtel directement avec le Westin Ottawa.

 

Nous recommandons aux associations d’inscrire les participants de l’atelier à titre d’observateurs à l’assemblée du Conseil de l’ACPPU.

 

L’ACPPU fournira une aide financière pour le représentant d’une association selon les mêmes modalités que celles prévues pour les délégués aux assemblées du Conseil. Elle prendra en charge les frais de déplacement aller-retour entre la ville d’origine et Ottawa qui seront engagés par le représentant de l’association. Les réservations d’avion devraient être faites le plus tôt possible (au plus tard le 9 novembre) afin de pouvoir bénéficier des tarifs les plus économiques. L’ACPPU a pour politique d’utiliser uniquement les transporteurs aériens syndiqués, à moins qu’il n’existe aucune autre option possible. Les réservations des billets d’avion doivent être effectuées par l’intermédiaire de l’agence de voyage de l’ACPPU, WE Travel (1-888-676-7747). Celle-ci aura besoin du code de réservation 6-5423 pour faire vos réservations de voyage et facturer directement l’ACPPU.

 

NOTA : Les participants devront assumer les coûts résultant des modifications qu’ils apporteront à leurs réservations, le cas échéant.

 

L’ACPPU contribue au coût de l’hébergement et des indemnités quotidiennes des participants des petites associations, selon la formule suivante :

 

Le coût total de l’hébergement et des indemnités quotidiennes du représentant moins le nombre de membres de l’association multiplié par          le nombre de jours que dure l’événement.

 

Pour plus de détails, consultez la Politique de remboursement des dépenses des participants aux ateliers de l’ACPPU.

 

 

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OCUFA response to government announcement tying funding to university speech policies

August 31st, 2018

Dear colleagues,

 

Attached, please find OCUFA’s response to the government’s announcement that they will require universities to adopt and enforce news free speech policies or risk cuts to their operating grants.

 

The government’s announcement can be found here:

https://news.ontario.ca/opo/en/2018/08/ontario-protects-free-speech-on-campuses.html

 

Regards,

 

Ben

 

 

Ben Lewis

Communications Lead

Ontario Confederation of University Faculty Associations

416-306-6033

www.ocufa.on.ca

 

Fair Employment Week – October 22 to October 26, 2018: Make it Fair! / Semaine de l’équité d’emploi – les 22 au 26 octobre 2018 : Justice pour tous!

August 30th, 2018

** La version française suit **

 

Memorandum 18:23

 

Date:  August 29, 2018

 

To:  Presidents and Administrative Officers; Local and Federated Associations

 

From:  David Robinson, Executive Director

 

Re:  Fair Employment Week – October 22 to October 26, 2018: Make it Fair!  


Fair Employment Week (FEW) is taking place October 22 to October 26!

 

FEW events and actions help raise awareness about the rise of precarious employment on our campuses, and highlight and celebrate the contributions made by contract academic staff that are too often invisible. Last year, over 30 academic staff associations organized nearly 50 FEW events across the country.

 

FEW can be a key moment in your efforts to make gains at the bargaining table and beyond for contract academic staff. CAUT is here to provide the resources you need to build support and achieve your goals.

 

If you are interested in organizing a campaign on your campus, but are not sure where to start, we are here to support you. Check out CAUT’s tips for organizing and contact Christina Muehlberger ([email protected]) to help you brainstorm ideas and develop a campaign plan to further engage your membership.

 

CAUT has also created a series of customizable posters, Make it Fair branded tee-shirts, and buttons to help raise the visibility of your campaign and FEW events. Email Christina to order these resources or for help designing more campus-specific materials.

 

As you finalize the details of your FEW event(s), remember to share them on the CAUT FEW Events webpage. This map provides a visual of the national support for our call for fairness for contract academic staff. We are also able to generate an RSVP link to help you keep track of your registrations and follow-up with participants.

 

Please do keep CAUT informed of your plans. If you have any questions, please contact Christina at [email protected] or at 613-820-2270.

 

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Note 18:23

 

Date :  Le 29 août 2018

 

Destinataires :  Présidents et agents administratifs; Associations locales et fédérées

 

Expéditeur :  David Robinson, directeur général

 

Objet :  Semaine de l’équité d’emploi – les 22 au 26 octobre 2018 : Justice pour tous!  


Du 22 au 26 octobre 2018, la Semaine de l’équité d’emploi proposera une série d’événements et d’activités destinés à sensibiliser la collectivité à la multiplication des emplois précaires sur les campus et à mettre en lumière et à célébrer les contributions des membres du personnel académique contractuel qui manquent trop souvent de visibilité. L’an dernier, plus de 30 associations de personnel académique ont organisé une cinquantaine d’événements dans le cadre de la Semaine de l’équité d’emploi dans l’ensemble du pays.

 

Cette semaine peut être un moment important de l’année pour réussir à faire des gains à la table de négociation et bien au-delà pour le compte du personnel académique contractuel. À cet effet, l’ACPPU se tient à votre disposition pour offrir les ressources dont vous avez besoin pour vous constituer des soutiens et pour atteindre vos objectifs.

 

N’hésitez pas à solliciter notre aide pour l’organisation d’un événement sur votre campus. Consultez la liste des conseils et astuces de l’ACPPU et communiquez avec Christina Muehlberger ([email protected]) qui pourra vous suggérer des idées et vous aider à élaborer un plan de campagne pour susciter davantage la participation de vos membres.

 

L’ACPPU a aussi créé une série d’affiches personnalisables, des teeshirts et des macarons portant le slogan Justice pour tous qui contribueront à accroître la visibilité de votre campagne et de vos événements. Envoyez un courriel à Christina pour commander ces ressources ou obtenir de l’aide pour concevoir du matériel promotionnel adapté à votre campus.

 

Une fois que vous aurez mis au point les détails de vos activités et manifestations, n’oubliez pas de les annoncer sur la page web de l’ACPPU réservée aux événements de la Semaine de l’équité d’emploi. Ce plan présente des informations visuelles pour assurer le soutien nationale à notre demande de justice pour le personnel académique contractuel. Il nous sera également possible de générer pour vous un lien RSVP pour vous aider à gérer les inscriptions à vos événements et à faire un suivi auprès des participants.

 

Veuillez tenir l’ACPPU informée de vos projets et communiquer avec Christina à [email protected] ou au 613-820-2270, pour obtenir tout complément d’information.

 

Canadian Association of University Teachers
Association canadienne des professeures et professeurs d’université
2705, promenade Queensview Drive, Ottawa (Ontario) K2B 8K2
Tel \ Tél. (613) 820-2270 | Fax \ Téléc. (613) 820-7244
CAUT.ca \ Facebook.com/caut.acppu \ @caut_acppu

 

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Labour Day Picnic 2018

August 27th, 2018

https://www.wrlc.ca/labour_day

Contract Faculty to Receive Increased Vacation Pay

August 7th, 2018

Greetings,

 

Executive Director of WLUFA, Sheila McKee-Protopapas, has successfully completed negotiations with the Laurier Administration that will bring vacation pay compensation for our Contract Faculty in line with amendments made to The Employment Standards Act through Bill 148.

 

The Fair Workplaces, Better Jobs Act, 2017, made amendments to The Employment Standards Act that, among other things, provide for varying levels of vacation pay based on length of employment. McKee-Protopapas began talks with the Administration in January of this year (the month the legislation took effect) in order to argue for the need for Contract Faculty compensation that would reflect the amended Act.

 

The result is that all Contract Faculty who have been employed at Laurier for five years or longer – so long as there has been no break in their service of over 36 months – will now receive 6% vacation pay, retroactive to January 2018, in accordance with the amended act. This is an increase of 2% over the current minimum of 4% vacation pay under the ESA.

 

The increase applies to all Contract Faculty, regardless of mode or location of teaching.

 

Those Contract Faculty who qualify for the increased vacation pay will receive it as follows:

 

  • CF who taught only in Winter 2018 will receive a retro payment reflecting the additional 2% vacation pay at the end of August when the final payroll for August is completed.
  • CF who taught during both Winter and Spring terms in 2018 will see a retro payment on their pay once the paperwork has been processed.
  • CF who taught in neither of those terms will see the increased amount when they begin their next regular contracts.

 

Contract Faculty who have not yet met the five-year employment mark will continue to receive the minimum ESA amount (4%) but will receive the modified vacation pay amount (6%) when they reach five years of employment from their first date of hire, so long as there have been no breaks in employment that exceed 36 months at a time. Those who return to teaching at Laurier after more than a 36-month break in employment must begin their “years of employment” clock over again.

 

Please Note: Going forward, CF who qualify will see the 6% vacation pay amount on their pay stubs but the 6% amounts will not show on CF Letters of Appointment. Appointment letters will continue to note a 4% vacation pay, even though pay stubs will reflect the new amount.

 

WLUFA is very pleased to be able to have played a role in beginning to connect our Contract Faculty with Bill 148. All precariously employed workers deserve to be recognized by the “Fair Workplaces, Better Jobs Act”.

 

To read the complete Letter of Understanding, click here.

 

 

Full-time Faculty at St. Jerome’s University Show Support for Contract Faculty Colleagues with New Agreement

July 19th, 2018

From OCUFA:

Full-time members of the St. Jerome’s University Academic Staff Association (SJUASA) have reached a five-year agreement with their university administration. The faculty association achieved across-the-board salary increases competitive with other faculty associations, as well as an $850 increase to each member’s base salary to maintain parity with University of Waterloo faculty.

Among other achievements, the agreement counters the growing trend towards precarity within the academy by waiving the right of first refusal on overload courses, ensuring the increased availability of positions for contract faculty. Furthermore, good headway was made to improve conditions for Lecturers: The salary floor was raised, course load was reduced, and a Teaching Renewal Term was created wherein every six years Lecturers qualify for two consecutive terms free from teaching. The faculty association also successfully improved conditions for librarians by creating the ranks of Assistant Librarian, Associate Librarian, and Librarian, while identifying the qualifications necessary for promotion.

OCUFA statement on back-to-work legislation tabled by Ontario Government

July 19th, 2018

The Ontario Confederation of University Faculty Associations (OCUFA) strongly condemns the tabling of back-to-work legislation by the new Ontario government aimed at the striking members of Canadian Union of Public Employees Local 3903 (CUPE 3903). We firmly support the rights of all academic workers to fair negotiations and good-faith collective bargaining, and are concerned with any attempts by government to interfere with the bargaining process.

This legislation marks the third time the Ontario government has attempted to interfere in public sector bargaining within the past year. The back-to-work legislation that ended last fall’s strike at Ontario colleges breached the constitutionally protected rights of workers to freely negotiate their agreements, and this new legislation will do the same. These actions undermine the collective bargaining process and encourage employers to avoid meaningful engagement in negotiations, resulting in longer future strikes and employers who stonewall while waiting for government bailouts.

OCUFA is particularly concerned with the clause in the “Back to Class” Act that prohibits the arbitrator from including any provisions that might protect employees from being discharged or disciplined for exercising their constitutional rights. Such a provision unduly ties the hands of the arbitrator and works against the principles of reconciliation and healing that are important for all parties as they try to move on. The arbitration and remediation processes should focus on resolving the issues and points of conflict between the two parties, and not encourage targeting and punishment of individual members of the bargaining unit.

Recent strikes and bargaining impasses at postsecondary education institutions are products of government underfunding and problematic hiring practices. The increasing number of precarious positions and erosion of working conditions on our university and college campuses are direct results of such practices.

The provincial government should focus on addressing and resolving these systemic issues through a sustainable and informed approach. Growing precarity, deteriorating working conditions, and the threats they pose to educational quality can only be resolved with commitment and investment from both postsecondary institutions and the Ontario government in consultation with workers. These challenges have not, and will never be resolved by undermining constitutionally protected collective bargaining rights.

Important Arbitration Decision Validates What Many of Us Already Know About Student Evaluations of Teaching

July 16th, 2018

The following notice was widely distributed by Russell Janzen at OCUFA. The link provided includes not only a summary of William Kaplan’s arbitration decision, but also expert reports that were used to inform the decision. Student evaluations of our members’ work have frequently been a contentious topic at our WLUFA bargaining tables and the importance placed on evaluations is particularly threatening to our Contract Faculty, for whom student evaluations form a significant basis for allotting and/or withholding course contracts. The issue has become no less complicated by the growing reliance of our Administration on student questionnaires administered completely online.

WLUFA has always closely monitored the use of student evaluations at Laurier, as well as its effect on our members’ rights, and will continue to do so.

Russell Janzen’s notice follows below:

You doubtless will have received news of a recent arbitration award by William Kaplan regarding the use of student questionnaires for teaching evaluation of Ryerson Faculty Association members. A summary of the award and of the pivotal expert testimony was published in OCUFA Report and reproduced below. The expert reports of Richard Freishtat and Philip Stark were jointly commissioned by the Ryerson Faculty Association and OCUFA, and are now available through the OCUFA web-site with the kind permission of the authors.

OCUFA invites your association to link directly to the story, and thereby Freishtat’s and Stark’s reports, using the following link:

https://ocufa.on.ca/blog-posts/significant-arbitration-decision-on-use-of-student-questionnaires-for-teaching-evaluation/

OCUFA hopes to add to the momentum later this fall, with the release of a report by the OCUFA Student Questionnaire on Courses and Teaching Working Group.

WLUFA Statement Regarding Recent Lawsuits

June 25th, 2018

Sent on behalf of David Monod, WLUFA President:

The Wilfrid Laurier University Faculty Association (WLUFA) represents full-time and contract faculty and librarians in their employment with Wilfrid Laurier University. Over the last several months two of our members have been subject to discipline imposed by the University Administration as a result of a meeting that took place between the two of them, a University manager, and Ms. Lindsay Shepherd, a teaching assistant in a course for which one of the members was responsible. Ms. Shepherd secretly recorded the meeting, sent the recording to the national media, and it was then distributed via the internet.

In the past week, both Ms. Shepherd and Dr. Jordan Peterson have announced the commencement of legal actions against the University, the two faculty members and the University manager who called the original meeting. The Association is working closely with the two faculty members in their defence of the actions, providing them with support and legal advice as they prepare for the court proceedings.  It has also challenged the University under the terms of the Collective Agreement for its actions and statements regarding our two members.

As the legal rigmarole intensifies, the Association will work to keep attention focused on the following three principles that we believe are important to our community:

  1. The academic freedom of the two faculty members who expressed their views about Ms. Shepherd’s conduct in a tutorial she led;
  2. The fact that a course instructor is responsible for the content of a course, has academic freedom in teaching, and has an obligation to supervise and, if necessary, correct the conduct of teaching assistants hired to assist with their courses;
  3. The responsibility of the University for the actions of its managers and the defence of its own policies.

It is the Association’s responsibility not just to protect the rights of our members under the Collective Agreement, but to ensure that the University community works reasonably, collegially, and in the interests of all of its members.

Please bear with us. Website updates will be coming soon!

June 20th, 2018