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Article 11 Workload

1. What is the MAXIMUM I must teach per week, per year? (p.11)

1101 B1 Total workload assigned and attributed by the College to a teacher shall not exceed 44 hours in any week up to 36 weeks in which there are teaching contact hours for teachers in post-secondary programs and for up to 38 weeks in which there are teaching contact hours in the case of teachers not in post-secondary programs.

2. What is the maximum number of different courses and the maximum number of sections I can teach? (p.12)

11.01 D2 No more than four different course preparations or six different sections shall be assigned to a teacher in a given week except by voluntary agreement which shall not be unreasonably withheld.

3. How is my course preparation calculated? (pp.13-14)

11.01 D3 For the purpose of the formula:

(i) “New” refers to the first section of a course which the teacher is

. teaching for the first time (This definition does not apply to a new full-time teacher who has previously taught the course as a Partial-Load, Sessional or Part-time employee, nor to courses designated as “Special” as defined below); or

. teaching for the first time since a major revision of the course or curriculum has been approved bt the College.

(ii) “Established A” refers to the first section of a course which the teacher has previously taught but not within the previous three academic years.

(iii) “Established B” refers to the first section of a course which the teacher has taught within the previous three academic years.

(iv) Where a non-language course is to be taught in more than one language the first section taught in a second language shall be regarded as “New” or “Established”.

(v) “Repeat A” refers to another section which the teacher is teaching concurrently with the same course for which hours of preparation have been attributed under “New” or “Established”, but to students in a different program or year of study.

(vi) “Repeat B” refers to another section which the teacher is teaching concurrently with the same course for which hours of preparation have been attributed under “New” or “Established”, or “Repeat A” to students in the same program and year of study.

(vii) “Special A” refers to the sections of the courses in which students may enter on a continuous intake basis or courses which have been organized into individualized self-learning packages….

(viii) “Special B” refers to preparation for the selections of course in which the objectives describe the students’ application of knowledge in actual work settings….Additional time necessary to arrange and prepare for the student placement in such learning situations shall be attributed on an hour for hour basis and recorded on the Standard Workload Form (SWF), as referred to in 11.02.

(ix) Hours for curriculum review or course development assigned to a teacher on an ongoing basis, in lieu of teaching or in a non-teaching period, shall be attributed on an hour for hour basis and recorded on the SWF.

4. How is my course evaluation and feedback calculated? (pp.14-15)

1101 E1 Weekly hours for evaluation and feedback in a course shall be attributed to a teacher in accordance with the following formula:

. Essay or Project 1:0.030 per student

. Routine or Assisted 1:0.015 per student

. In-Process 1:0.0092 per student

11.01 E2 For purposes of the formula:

(i) “Essay or project evaluation and feedback” is grading:

. essay

. essay type assignments or tests

. projects; or

. students performance based on behavioral assessments complied by the teacher outside teaching contact hours.

(ii) “Routine or assisted evaluation and feedback” is grading by the teacher outside teaching contact hours of short answer tests or other evaluative tools where mechanical marking assistance or marking assistants provided.

(iii) “In-process evaluation and feedback” is evaluation performed within the teaching contact hour.

(iv) Where a course requires more than one type of evaluation and feedback, the teacher and the supervisor shall agree upona proportionate attribution of hours. If such agreement cannot be reached the College shall apply evaluation factors in the same proportion as the weight attached to each type of evaluation in the final grade for the course.

5. What is the maximum number of students I can have? (pp.15)

11.01 E 3 The number of students in a course or section shall be determined initially by the College’s planning estimates and recorded on the SWF as provided for in 11.02.

The number of students in a coourse or section shall be reviewed after the enrolment audit dates and not later than the completion of the course or section or, at the request of the teacher, following the last day for withdrawal of registration by the student(s), and revised where appropriate.

The number of students in a continuous intake program, course or section shall be reviewed every three months at the request of either the College or the teacher and determined as the weighted avaerage of the number of students formally registered over the duration of the program, course or section. The weighted average shall be calculated by summing the number of formally registered students in each week of the program, course or section and then dividing the sum by the number of weeks in the duration of the program, course or section.

6. How much time am I allowed for complementary functions? (pp.15-16)

11.01 F Complementary functions appropriate to the professional role of the teacher may be assigned to a teacher by the College. Hours for such functions shall be attributed on an hour for hour basis.

An allowance of a minimum of six hours of the 44 hour maximum weekly total workload shall be attributed as follows:

. three hours for routine out-of-class assistance to individual students

. two hours for normal administrative tasks.

7. Do I have to be in my office when I am not teaching? (p.16)

11.01 G 1 Where preparation, evaluation, feedback to students and complementary functions can be appropriately performed outside the College, scheduling shall be at the discretion of the teacher, subject to the requirement to meet appropriate deadlines established by the College.

8. How is “other” work I do for the College acknowledged? (p.16)

11.01 G 2 Wgere there are a typical circumstances affecting the workload of a teacher or group of teachers which are not adequately reflected in this Article 11, Workload, additional hours shall be attributed, following discussion between each teacher individually and the suoervisor, on an hour for hour basis.

9. How much time for professional development can I request? (p.16)

11.01 H 1 The College shall allow each teacher a least ten working days for professional development in each academic year.

11.02 H 2 Unless otherwise agreed between the teacher and the supervisor, the allowance of ten days shall include one period of at least five consecutive working days for professional development.

11.03 H 3 The arrangements for such professional development shall be made following discussion between the supervisor and the teacher subject to agreement between the supervisor and the teacher,and such agreement shall not be unreasonably withheld.

10. What is the maximum I can teach in a week? (p.16)

11.01 I Teaching contact hours for a teacher in post-secondary programs shall not exceed 18 in anyweek. Teaching contact hours for a teacher not in post-secondary programs shall not exceed 20 in any week.

11. Can I refuse to work overtime? (p.16)

11.01 J 1 Notwithstanding the above, overtime worked by a teacher shall not exceed one teaching contact hour in any one week or three total workload hours in any one week and shall be voluntary.

12.If I agree to work overtime, what is the compensation? (p.16-17)

11.01 J 2 Such teaching contact hours agreed to in excess of the respective weekly teaching contact hour maximum shall be compensated at the rate of 0.1% of annual salary.Such workload hours agreed to in excess of the 44 hours weekly workload maximum shall be compensated at the rate of 0.1% of annual salary. Such overtime payments shall be for the greater amount but shall not be pyramided.

11.01 J 3 All such voluntary overtime agreements, which sahll not be unreasonably withheld, shall be set out in writing on the SWF for the period by the College and filed with the teacher and the Union Local within ten days.

13. Are there workload restrictions for probationary employees? (p.17)

11.01 J 4 Probationary teachers shall not be assigned teaching contact hours or total workload hours in excess of the maxima under any circumstances.

14. How many contact days can I be assigned in a year? (p.17)

11.01 K 1 Contact days (being days in which one or more teaching contact hours are assigned) shall not exceed 180 contact days per academic year for a teacher in post-secondary programs or 190 contact days per academic year for a teacher not in post-secondary programs.

15. If I don’t have classes on one or more weekdays, am I considered to be not working on those days? (p.17)

11.01 K 2 Weekly contact hours assigned to a teacher by the College may be scheduled into fewer than five contact days and such compressed schedule shall be deemed to be five contact days.

16. How many contact hours can I be assigned in a year? (p.17)

11.01 K 3 Teaching contact hours shall not excedd 648 teaching contact hours per academic year for a teacher in post-secondary programs or 760 teaching contact hours per academic year for a teacher not in post-secondary programs.

17. If I have an 8:00 AM class, can I be scheduled to teach a 4:00 PM class the same day? (p.17)

11.01 L 1 The contact day shall not exceed eight hours from the beginning of the first asiigned hour to the end of the last assigned hour.

18. If I teach an assigned night class, how early can I be assigned to teach the following morning? (p.17)

11.01 L 2 Every effort shall be made to ensure that the work will not be assigned to begin less than 12 hours after the end of the previous day’s work assignment.

19. Can I be assigned to work on weekends? (p.18)

11.01 L 3 A teacher shall not normally be assigned work on calendar Saturdays or Sundays. Where a teacher is assigned to work on a Saturday or Sunday, the teacher shall be credited with one and one-half times the credit hours normally given for hours so assigned and attributed.

11.01 L 4 A teacher may agree in writing to waive the premium credits provided for in 11.01 L 3 for a specified period of time.

20. When must I receive my SWF? (p.18)

11.02 A 1(a) Prior to the establishment of a total workload for any teacher the supervisor shall discuss the proposed workload with the teacher and complete the SWF, attached as Appendix I, to be provided by the College. The supervisor shall give a copy to the teacher not later than six weeks prior to the beginning of the period covered by the timetable excluding holidays and vacations. It is recognized that if the SWF is subsequently revised by the College, it will not be done without prior consultation with the teacher.

21. Can my SWF be changed after I have agreed to it? (p.18)

11.02 A 1 (b) The College may, where a change in circumstances requires it, amend assignments provided to a teacher after the orginal assignment, subject to the teacher’s right to refer any matter to the College Workload Monitoring Group (WMG) referred to in 11.02 B 1 and if necessary, the Workload Resolution Arbitrator (WRA) referred to in 11.02 E 1 and appointed under 11.02 F 1.

11.02 A 2 The SWF shall include all details of the total workload including teaching contact hours, accumulated contact days, accumulated teaching contact hours, number of sections, type and number of preparations, type of evaluation/feedback required by the curriculum, class size, attributed hours, contact days, language of instruction and complementary functions.

22. What do I do if I am not in agreement with my workload? (p.18)

11.02 A 3 Following receipt of the SWF, the teacher shall indicate in writing on the SWF whether in agreement with the total workload. If not in agreement the teacher and the supervisor may add such other comments as is considered appropriate and may indicate in writing that the workload should be reviewed by the College WMG.

23. How much time do I have to indicate that I am not in agreement? (p.19)

11.02 A 4 In the event that the teacher is not in agreement with the total workload and wishes it to be reviewed by the WMG, the teacher must so indicate in writing to the supervisor within three working days from the date  of receipt of the SWF. The completed SWF will be forwarded by the supervisor to the WMG within three working days from the date of receipt from the teacher with a copy to be given to the teacher.

24. What happens if I don’t sign my workload form? (p.19)

11.02 A 4 Absent such indication, the teacher shall be considered to be in agreement with the total workload.

25. How soon must I receive my timetable? (p.19)

11.02 A 5 The timetable shall set out the schedule and location of the assigned workload hours reported on the SWF, ona Timetable Form to be provided by the College, and a copy shall be given to the teacher no less than two weekd prior to the beginning of the period covered by the timetable, which shall be the same period as that covered by the SWF.

26. If I disagree with my SWF, what happens next? (pp.19-21)

( The supervisor may issue a new SWF for consideration but failing that the College Workload Monitoring Group (WMG) will review the complaint)

11.02 B 2 Each WMG will be composed of eight members, with four to be appointed by the College and four appointed by the Union Local.

11.02 C2 The WMG shall in its consideration have regard to such variables affecting assignments as:

(i) nature of subjects to be taught;

(ii) level of teaching and experience of the teacher and availablity of technical and other resource assistance;

(iii) size and amenity of classroom, laboratory or other teaching/ learning facility;

(iv) number of students in class;

(v) instructional modes;

(vi) availability of time for the teacher’s professional development;

(vii) previously assigned schedules;

(viii) lead time for preparation of new and/or changed schedules;

(ix) availability of current curriculum;

(x) Student with special needs;

(xi) introduction of new technology;

(xii) the timetabling of workload;

(xiii) level and complexity of the curriculum;

27. How soon will the WMG meet to review my complaint? (p.21)

11.02 D 1 The WMG shall meet where feasible within one week of receipt of the workload complaint or at the request of any member of the WMG.

28. Is the decision of the WMG binding? (p.21)

11.02 D 5 Such decision shall be binding on the College, the Union Local and the teacher involved.

29. What happens if the WMG can’t reach a decision? (p.22)

11.02 E 1 If the following a review by the WMG of an individual workload assignment which has been forwarded to the WMG, the matter is not resolved, the teacher shall be so advised in writing. The matter may then be referred by the teacher to the WRA provided under the agreement. Failing notification by the WMG within three weeks of the referral of the workload assignment to the WMG, the teacher may refer the matter to the WRA.

11.02 E 2 If the teacher does not refer an assignment to the WRA within  one week of the receipt by the teacher of the notification by the WMG that it has been unable to settle the matter, the matter will be considered to have been settled.

30. How soon will the WRA resolve the matter? (p.22)

11.02 F 5 The WRA shall commence proceedings within two weeks of the referral of the matter to the WRA.

11.02 F 6 (An) award shall be issued by the WRA within ten working days of the informal discussion. The award shall only have application to the teacher affected by the matter and shall have no application beyond the end of a twelve-month period from the date of the beginning of the workload assignment.

11.02 F 8 The award of the WRA shall be final and binding on the parties and the teacher, and shall have the same force and effect as a Board of Arbitration under Article 32, Grievance Procedure.

31. Can I be required to take my vacation other than the summer? (p.23)

11.03 The academic year shall be ten months in duration and shall,  to the extent feasible in the several Colleges to do so, be from September 1 to the following June 30.  The academic year shall in any event permit year-round operation and where the College determines the needs of any program otherwise, then the scheduling of a teacher in one or both of the months of July and August shall be on a consent or rotational basis.

32. What happens in the non-teaching times when I don’t have a SWF? (p.24)

11.08 In keeping with the professional responsibility of the teacher, non-teaching periods are used for activities initiated by the teacher and by the College as part of the parties’ mutual commitment to professionalism, the quality of education and professional development. Such activities will be undertaken by mutual consent and agreement will not be unreasonably withheld. Such activities will neither be recorded nor scheduled except as in accordance with 11.01 G 1.

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