News & Updates - 2010

 

Unfair Labour Practices Complaint    

November 9, 2010 

Regarding the KFA’s complaint to the Labour Relations Board alleging unfair labour practice the Vice Chair found “based on the materials on file and events as they have unfolded to date, that this aspect of the complaint pertains to a difference about the administration of Article 2.01 [Management Rights] of the Collective Agreement. That difference should be decided by an arbitrator. An arbitrator will be in a position to provide an adequate remedy in the event she finds a breach of the Collective Agreement or finds that the Employer is estopped from exercising its legal rights.” The Vice Chair found that the matter was not one of bargaining in bad faith or an act of interference, but was a decision to unilaterally implement significant changes under the Pilot Project. He characterized this as a dispute between the parties under the collective agreement.

The KFA will now take this matter to arbitration as soon as possible.

For a full copy of the decision , click here.

Forum on Rank and Advancement   

October 6, 2010

On Thursday, September 30, the KFA and FPSE sponsored a well attended forum on the topic of rank and advancement at the Surrey Campus. 

The forum is available online via webcast for those that were unable to attend.

 

KFA Presentation to the Select Standing Committee on Finance and Government Services  

September 20, 2010

 

On September 16, 2010, Joel Murray, Member-at-Large, made a presentation on behalf of the KFA to the Select Standing Committee on Finance and Government Services. In his submission, Joel drew attention to the lack of proper funding for post-secondary education, highlighting the underfunding of Adult Basic Education and Trades and Technology programs at Kwantlen and offering a real-life result of this underfunding in terms of the effect on students. The submission also offered five recommendations to the Select Standing Committee on Finance and Government Services to include in its report to the Minister of Finance.

To view the full presentation, click here.

 

Vacation and PD Entitlement   

July 19, 2010

The KFA has been fielding questions about vacation carry over and thought it would be useful to remind all faculty of their vacation and PD entitlement under the collective agreement.

Every regular and non-regular type II faculty member is entitled to 42 paid vacation days and 21 Professional Development days per year.

If the Employer (your Dean, Associate Dean or Operations Manager) requests you to work during a portion of your vacation and you agree, you are entitled to carry over vacation days lost up to a maximum of 20 days.

If the Employer requests you to work during your Professional Development time and you agree, you are entitled to carry over Professional Development time lost up to a maximum of 10 days.

I have copied the relevant collective agreement articles below for you convenience. Please feel free to contact the KFA at local 2200 with any concerns or questions you may have.

12.12 VACATION
(c) If the needs of the Employer demand and if the Employer in writing requests him/her to do so, a faculty member may carry over a portion of his/her annual vacation up to a maximum of twenty (20) working days for use in the following year, either separately or continuously with his/her regular annual vacation, as may be agreed between the faculty member and the administrator responsible. Such carryover of vacation shall occur only with the agreement of the faculty member.

12.01 NORMAL DUTIES
(h) If the needs of the Employer demand and if the Employer in writing requests him/her to do so, a faculty member may carry over a portion of his/her annual professional development time up to a maximum of ten (10) working days for use in the following year, at a time to be agreed upon by the faculty member and the administrator responsible. Such carryover of professional development time shall occur only with the agreement of the faculty member.

 

Election Results - Annual General Meeting   

May 4, 2010

Our Annual General Meeting on Friday, April 30th, was very well attended. We held elections for a number of important positions and here are the results:

Table Officers
President: Terri Van Steinburg (acclaimed)
Vice-President-Negotiations: Bob Davis (acclaimed)

Executive Representatives
Access: Diane Walsh (elected)
Business: George Broderick (acclaimed)
Humanities: Cecilia Martell (acclaimed)
Status of Women: Shereen Hassan (acclaimed)

Committee Representatives
Disability Management & Rehabilitation: Ann Marie Davison (acclaimed)
Human Rights and International Solidarity: Bill Burgess (acclaimed)
Workplace Health, Safety and Environment: Wade Deisman (acclaimed)
Professional and Scholarly Development: Bob Fuhr (acclaimed)
Pension Advisory: Suzanne Pearce (acclaimed)
Education Policy: Balbir Gurm (acclaimed)
Union Counselling: Larissa Petrillo (acclaimed)

Please join us in congratulating the successful candidates and in recognizing the hard work of those who are not continuing.

 

Fate of First Nations University rests in the federal government’s hands    

March 15, 2010 - CAUT News

The federal government holds the fate of Canada’s only Aboriginal university – the First Nations University of Canada – and, ultimately, First Nations students’ futures, in its hands, say student and faculty leaders. Read more...