Academic Grievance

The Owl Hoots: No 543

Issue 543
January 29th, 2019

Contact
dtu@dtu.qc.ca
514.931.8731 x 1799
fax 514.931.0761
www.dtu.qc.ca
Dawson College, Room 8A.11
3040 Sherbrooke West
Westmount, QC.
H3Z 1A4

DTU Executive
Brian Seivewright
(president)
Emilie Richer 
(vp-internal)
Mélanie Beck
(vp-external)
Dianna Glennie 
(secretary-treasurer)
Louisa Hadley
(grievance-officer)

Administrative Assistant
Elisabeth Leone

 
 
 
 

Welcome Back!

Happy New Year! We hope the new semester is off to a great start. As always, we invite you to drop by our office in 8A.11. We can answer questions regarding workloads, seniority and priority, schooling and work experience documentation, and anything else related to working at Dawson. You can also call us at local 1799, or email us at dtu@dtu.qc.ca with any questions.

General Assembly

We invite you to join us for a General Assembly on Wednesday, 30th January in 5B.13 at 11:30am. Lunch will be served at 11:15am. The items on the agenda are Negotiations 2020, Religious Neutrality, and the Policy to Counter Sexual Violence.

PDF Applications

For your request to be considered at the next meeting of the Professional Development Fund Committee, submit it by 11th February. You can drop your application off at 8A.11 or email it to pdfsecretary@dawsoncollege.qc.ca. We ask that applications be submitted prior to the date of the proposed activity

Regroupement Report

Members of the DTU Executive attended a Regroupement Cégep in Montreal on January 24th and 25th.

The “Comité ad hoc sur la « situation des chargé-es de cours depuis les quatre dernières négociations »” presented their report to the Regroupement which prompted a spirited debate regarding the need to prioritize the negotiation demands pertaining to Continuing Education teachers. For the DTU Executive, it highlighted the importance of a strong mobilization by the cégeps who represent the largest portion of hourly-paid teachers. Dawson teachers from all sectors have been leaders in the fight for better working conditions in the hourly-paid sector and we hope this trend will continue as negotiations approach. We may invite Cont. Ed. teachers to come to some future Regroupements to share their experiences. Our goal is to sensitize other delegates to the realities of teaching in Cont. Ed. and to highlight the impact of expanding Cont. Ed. programs in urban centers on the survival of rural cegeps.

Cont. Ed. Mobilization

In order to keep Cont. Ed. issues front and center during the upcoming negotiations, we are re-mobilizing the Cont. Ed. Mob. Committee. The first meeting is Tuesday, February 5th at 4pm in 7C.5 (Rose Lounge). All Cont. Ed. teachers are welcome! Please RSVP to dtu@dtu.qc.ca so we can make sure to have enough food.

Bill 151 Policy Update

At the end of last semester, the Women’s/Gender Studies group passed a motion denouncing the lack of consultation involved in the development of the Bill 151 Policy to Counter Sexual Violence. This motion was passed at the DTU Executive Council and at many department meetings. Following this pressure, the policy was released to the Dawson community.

The Standing Committee has been formed which met on January 22nd and agreed on a process for the next steps in the consultation process. Consultation with the various unions, student groups, and some faculty groups will be starting soon, with a planned large-scale consultation for Faculty, Professionals and Support Staff, and Students to take place in March. The final policy will be presented to the Board of Governors for adoption in April.

Your Rights, Explained

Hourly Paid Work

Academic Grievance

Following a recent arbitration win, any extra duties teachers undertake outside of their normal workload (e.g. substitution, additional grading, placement test grading) should be paid at the hourly rate for hourly-paid professors (Appendix VI-1 Table B in the Collective Agreement)

We would like to remind you of your rights with respect to the evaluation of student work, in particular in the case of grade reviews. According to our Collective Agreement, only a student`s teacher or a Grade Review Committee (GRC) may modify a student`s grade (clause 8-1.02). The Academic Grievance Committee defined in the Institutional Student Evaluation Policy (ISEP) does not have the authority to modify grades, nor may it constrain the deliberations of the GRC. Further information on Grade Review and Academic Grievance Committees can be found here.

Academic Grievance

The Owl Hoots: No 542

Issue 542
November 14th, 2018

Contact
dtu@dtu.qc.ca
514.931.8731 x 1799
fax 514.931.0761
www.dtu.qc.ca

3040 Sherbrooke W.
room 8A.11
Westmount, QC.
H3Z 1A4


DTU Executive
Brian Seivewright
(president)
Emilie Richer
(vp-internal)
Mélanie Beck
(vp-external)
Phil Lagogiannis
(secretary-treasurer)

Louisa Hadley
(grievance-officer)

Administrative Assistant
Elisabeth Leone


 

Dawson Teachers Unite for Cont. Ed!

A big thank you to all those who came out in support of our Continuing Education colleagues at the two grade-in events (15th and 30th October). We hope the College will take the necessary steps to improve the working conditions of our most precarious teachers. Don’t miss Grade-in #3 on Wednesday, November 21st at 2 pm in the 4th floor lobby (A/B wings)!


Important dates

Nov 15 – Voluntary Workload Reduction Requests

If you wish to apply for a Voluntary Workload Reduction for Winter 2019, the deadline is 15th November. You should email Odette Dubé in Human Resources.  (We suggest you copy us on this email at dtu@dtu.qc.ca.)

Nov 28 – PDF requests

For your request to be considered at the next meeting of the Professional Development Fund Committee, submit it by 28th November at room 8A.11 or by email (pdfsecretary@dawsoncollege.qc.ca). We ask that applications be submitted prior to the date of the proposed activity.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Dec 31 – Final Grades Deadline

A reminder that there is only one deadline for final grades for all teachers, whether Cont’Ed or Regular, with or without exams held during the final exam period. The deadline for all teachers to submit final grades is 31st December, 2018.



November is Insurance Month!

During the month of November, you have the opportunity to make changes to your insurance coverage. Changes will take effect on January 1st, 2019. Note that there have been some recent modifications to the insurance policy which will affect both your coverage and your premiums. You can check out more details here. If you wish to alter your plan, you should contact Faten Samné in Human Resources.


General Assembly Recap

The November General Assembly served as a kick-off to the fast-approaching 2020 negotiations. We asked members to suggest issues that they would like to see prioritized at the bargaining table. Topics highlighted were: additional support for disciplines with rapid technological change, better consideration of student numbers in Physical Education CI calculation and improvement of Continuing Education working conditions.

We remind members that they play a crucial role in determining the DTU’s negotiation priorities, stay tuned for upcoming G.A.s!


Transfer of Availability

As the holidays are approaching, a reminder that teachers remain available to the college between the Fall and Winter semesters, with the exception of 25th December and 1st January. If you plan to be away during this period, you should submit a Transfer of Availability form.


Freedom of Religion

At its meeting on the 24th of October, the DTU Executive Council “affirm[ed] the right of all teachers to perform their duties wearing religious symbols.” The Religious Studies Department has asked the DTU to pass on the following message:

“The Religious Studies Department regards the proposed law to keep teachers from wearing clothing that makes their religious affiliation apparent as discriminatory. At the same time, such a law encourages, and in the mind of some, legitimates acts of disrespect, harassment, and even violence. For this reason, we are against this proposed law — we would like to see a neutral and tolerant society that allows all people the freedom to choose what they believe and wear.

We invite all those who would like to express their opposition to the law by wearing a religious symbol to contact Sonia Zylberberg who has offered to crochet a kippah (with your own choice of colours) for anyone who wishes to wear one.”