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Faculty response to request for assistance in calling campaign

We have become aware that managers have been sending out requests to various faculty members to participate in a calling campaign to new potential students. We are concerned for two reasons: one, this is work that belongs to the support staff bargaining unit which should be respected; two, faculty are feeling pressured to volunteer.

Our advise is that you decline and recommend that the college arrange for the appropriate support staff resources to complete this work.

Information on Bargaining

Attached please find the following information on bargaining

Barg.2017 FAQ EN Final      A bargaining FAQ

Visio-Drawing CCBA 2017      A flowchart describing the bargaining process

Short History Bargaining Final  A short history of each CAAT-A bargaining cycle to date

Barg. Under th CCBA Narrative Final A narrative the describes each stage identified on the flowchart in detail

In solidarity,

JP Hornick

Charir, College Faculty bargaining team

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New bargaining information and brochure for all faculty

Dear college faculty members,

We head into collective agreement negotiations with the colleges this summer. As we look ahead, we know that we face some significant challenges to creating a better environment for both students and faculty.

We know, right now, 70 per cent of faculty are working in precarious, under-paid contract positions. When we raise concerns with senior administrators about this, we are told that the colleges have no choice, as they have  no money to create good paying jobs for faculty. Yet at the same time that they are claiming they’re out of money, new buildings are going up on many campuses; more high-paid administrators are being hired, outpacing full-time faculty hiring; and student tuition continues to rise. from this, we know that the issue is priorities, not money. The colleges are certainly underfunded, but that fact makes it even more important they put the limited funds they have into students and faculty first.

As we get ready for negotiations, we are producing a series of videos and position papers that explore several of the most important issues facing faculty and students at Ontario’s public colleges. You can find the first video here   It explores this issue of permanent and contract faculty. the growing numbers of administrators and the impacts that the college presidents’ mixed-up priorities have on students.

We dive deeper into issues, the numbers behind them, and some personal stories that give insight into the challenges presented by the current context in the first issue of Ontario’s public colleges at 50: A better plan. This issue, ” Students and Faculty first” is here french version here

As a faculty member working on contract for many years (and the first contract faculty member of the bargaining team, where I serve as an alternate)this is an issue that hits close to home. But, precarious faculty jobs affect all faculty and students. Our members have identified that job security and better conditions for contract faculty are priorities in this round of bargaining, in order to put faculty and students first.

It’s all about priorities-and it’a time for a better plan.

In solidarity,

Pam Johnson

Alternate member. College faculty bargaining team