Archive for November, 2016
There will be an election for stewards at Jane Campus:
Where: Jane Campus, 202
When: Wednesday, Nov 30, 2016 at 4:30 p.m.
Stewards are at the heart of our Union. As members of the Local 560 Executive Committee, they represent the needs and concerns of the faculty in their area, and facilitate the flow of union information to faculty.
Participating in this meeting will ensure that faculty in your area have their voice heard by both the Union Executive and College management. Local 560 Chief Steward Frank Yee will be running the election and will be happy to stay to address any general questions or issues that you may have.
If you want to run for steward, you do not need to bring a nominator. If you wish to run but are not able to attend, you can send a faculty member in the area in your absence, providing them with a letter in which you accept their nomination in absentia.
Ensuring that your SWF is correct and complete is the best way for Full-Time professors to ensure that they have enough time to provide quality education to their students.
Your Union members of Seneca’s Workload Monitoring Group will be reviewing SWFs and answering workload questions at the following locations:
S@Y – Friday Nov 18 – 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Room S1209
King – Monday Nov 21 – 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. in the Law Lodge
Markham – Tuesday Nov 22 – 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. in Room M1000
Newnham – Wednesday Nov 23 – 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. in Room B4060
You are invited to drop in with your SWF, or even just with any questions that you may have about how your workload should be calculated correctly on a SWF.
Partial-Load faculty are also encouraged to drop by, to understand why a SWF could be a valuable thing for them to seek in the next round of bargaining.
Even if you’ve already signed your SWF and returned it to your manager, we can help you identify any changes that might nevertheless need to be made, and help you understand the process by which those changes can be made prior to the start of the Winter term.
Meeting with your WMG members can help you to understand:
- Whether you’re being given credit for all the work you do
- Whether you’re actually in overtime without realizing it (or being paid for it)
- Whether you’re doing uncredited work that could be given to a contract faculty colleague
- What kind of evaluation you’re being directed to do in your classes, and how much time you’re being given to do it
- Whether your workload formula is being improperly manipulated to fit more students into your classes
Come on by!
Ontario college faculty represented by the Ontario Public Service Employees Union (OPSEU) are throwing their support behind today’s Canadian Federation of Students (CFS) National Day of Action, which aims to keep colleges and universities public and accessible to all.
“Faculty are deeply worried about the quality of education in the face of funding cutbacks and creeping privatization,” said RM Kennedy, chair of OPSEU’s College Academic Division. “We stand with the CFS in highlighting the need for proper government funding. Without it, we see college administrators looking to trim budgets by replacing in-class contact hours with self-directed learning. In other cases, faculty are increasingly marginalized from academic decision-making, with administrators unilaterally deciding how courses should be delivered, and even what grades should be assigned.
“Without academic freedom, and a protected role for faculty in academic decision-making, we are seeing too many decisions made based on what’s best for budgets, rather than what’s best for students.”