Dear Kwantlen Faculty Association Members,

Happy 2016 and welcome to the 2016 spring semester!

 

Before sharing with you some key issues we are working on, I’d like to mention that the Kwantlen Faculty Association is here to maintain and improve our Collective Agreement, answer your questions about the terms of your employment, protect your rights, file grievances if your rights have been violated, and keep you informed about current and upcoming issues that impact our working conditions.

The Faculty Association was very busy last fall on a number of fronts, and this work continues into 2016. We are actively working towards a fair and reasonable valuation process on the matter of parking as a taxable benefit. On another front, Kwantlen’s approach to Continuing and Professional Studies is troubling, and we have filed a grievance. We believe Continuing and Professional Studies can benefit KPU’s community and provide revenue for the employer, but in the process we must protect faculty rights and work. Also, we are actively involved in search committees for a number of appointments and reappointments for senior administrative positions.

Kwantlen is a large, complex, and constantly evolving organization. Over the next few weeks, we will be issuing bulletins and updates on various aspects of the Collective Agreement, including the allocation of work, items to consider when going on leave, and governance issues.

Finally, many of us felt the earth move in the late hours of December 29, when a magnitude 4.3 earthquake was felt in Metro Vancouver and surrounding areas. Kwantlen faculty members Tally Wade and Alice Macpherson have created a superb emergency preparedness resource, Getting Your Family Prepared For An Emergency. I encourage all faculty to access this material at the following link:

http://www.kfa.bc.ca/pdf/BePreparedWorkbookKFA_2014.pdf

Wishing you a great 2016 semester!

Bob, Gillian, Diane, Suzanne, Panteli, Kyla and Harpreet.