Owl 561

December 12, 2022                                                 Issue 561

Owl Hoots

 Inside this issue

Holiday Party

Reminder: Period of Availability

 Sick Days for Cont. Ed and End of COVID Accommodations

Final Grade Deadline

CEEC Snubs Teachers

DTU holiday hours

 

The DTU Executive
Louisa Hadley, President
President@dtu.qc.ca
Brian Seivewright, VP Internal
VPInternal@dtu.qc.ca
Mélanie Beck, VP External
VPExternal@dtu.qc.ca
Antonia Fikkert, Secretary-Treasurer
Secretary_Treasurer@dtu.qc.ca
Emilie Richer, Grievance Officer
grievanceofficer@dtu.qc.ca

Administrative Assistant
Elisabeth Leone
Elisabeth@dtu.qc.ca
DTU email: dtu@dtu.qc.ca

Holiday Party

After almost three years, the DTU party returned on Friday, December 9. It was great to see so many people out enjoying themselves with their colleagues. And it was particularly nice to be able to celebrate not only our retiring teachers, but also three years of new perms!

We would also like to take this opportunity to thank all of the volunteers who helped with set up, decorations, lights, bartending, and clean up – your contributions helped make the party a success!

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Reminder: Period of Availability

For day teachers and those teaching a Continuing Education charge course, the period of availability continues between semesters, with the exception of Christmas Day and New Year’s Day. Since those fall on Sundays this year, the statutory holidays have been moved to Monday, December 26 and Monday, January 2.

Teachers are available to the College during this period and are expected to be able to come to Dawson with reasonable notice if needed.

With the exception of submitting final grades, Continuing Education teachers do not owe any availability to the College after the last day of their contract.

Sick Days for Cont. Ed.
and End of COVID Accommodations

Following the Government’s announcement at the beginning of November that the mandatory COVID isolation was being lifted, the DTU brought the issue of sick days for Continuing Education faculty to CRT. We deplored the unacceptably low number of sick days (two annually) available for Continuing Education faculty and denounced that these are usually only partially remunerated. Continuing Education teachers are having to choose between financial hardship or putting members of the community at risk when they fall ill. Considering the significant infection rates and the risk that this may pose to the broader community, we asked the College to consider increasing the number of paid sick days for Continuing Education teachers. The College responded that although it is true that the College can exceed what is minimally required by the Loi sur les Normes de Travail, it chooses not to.

 

Final Grade Deadline

The deadline for all teachers to submit final grades is Friday, December 30. This deadline is the same whether you teach day courses or Continuing Education courses, and whether or not your course includes a final exam in the final examination period.

We have recently been in discussions with the College regarding the impact of intensive courses on the grade deadline. The Collective Agreement stipulates that there are only two regular semesters – Fall and Winter – and that the final grade deadline is 5 working days after the end of the semester (Clause 8-4.02). At Dawson, there are Fall semester intensive courses that are held in early January. The DTU’s position is that this extends the Fall semester and thus the final grade deadline should be 5 working days after the last intensive class ends. The College disagrees with this interpretation and has maintained that the grade deadline published in the Academic Calendar stands. We will be pursuing discussions with the College to ensure that our Collective Agreement is being respected.

CEEC Snubs Teachers

You may recall that at the end of November representatives from the Commission d’évaluation de l’enseignement collégial visited Dawson. Diane Gauvin sent an invitation to all members of the community to attend an open session to share their concerns with the Commission.

The CEEC is an advisory committee that provides recommendations to Cegeps and the Ministry of Education. The last time that Dawson went through the evaluation process with CEEC, it led to the imposition of the Summative Assessment in all courses. Since its implementation, we have regularly heard from teachers about the detrimental impacts of the Summative Assessment. Given this, the DTU encouraged its members to attend the open session with the CEEC and voice their concerns about the pedagogical implications of its decisions.

On November 23, a group of approximately 10 teachers, including several members of the DTU Executive, turned up at the Boardroom at the appointed time to meet with the CEEC. Things got off to a bad start as the CEEC members were packing up to leave and seemed surprised that teachers had come to meet them. They agreed to stay but only for 30 minutes, even though the meeting had been scheduled for an hour. However, the atmosphere was tense during the whole meeting and the chair of the CEEC seemed particularly hostile.

During the meeting, teachers asked for clarification on the mandate of the CEEC and raised concerns about the process, as well as the pedagogical implications of its recommendations. In particular, it was noted that the Dawson administration frequently presents recommendations from the CEEC as obligations that they have no choice but to implement. Several teachers also commented on the detrimental impact that the Summative Assessment has on student success and denounced that recommendations implemented on the advice of the CEEC are not determined and never approved by teachers.

The chair of the CEEC expressed surprise that teachers were not involved in the discussions, claiming that they had been presented as recommendations that had passed through Senate. One of the teachers present is currently serving as a Senator and was able to clarify that this was not the case. The CEEC repeatedly stated that their mandate is only to provide recommendations, and that any specific mechanisms implemented as a result of these recommendations are determined by the College.

While it was an extremely frustrating meeting, it was good to hear directly from the CEEC that their mandate is solely to recommend and that they expect that proposals that come from the College have gone through appropriate channels of faculty consultation and feedback. Next time our administration claims that its hands are tied and that they are simply implementing recommendations from the CEEC, we will know that this is not the case! Teachers, especially those involved in committees and Senate, should be pushing back on such claims and insisting on more active involvement from and consultation of all faculty in these processes – and not just a small group of faculty selected by the administration.

 

Dawson Teachers Union
3040 Sherbrooke, Westmount, Suite 8A.11
514-931-8731 ext 1799
dtu@dtu.qc.ca

 

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The DTU Executive
Louisa Hadley, President
President@dtu.qc.ca
Brian Seivewright, VP Internal
VPInternal@dtu.qc.ca
Mélanie Beck, VP External
VPExternal@dtu.qc.ca
Antonia Fikkert, Secretary-Treasurer
Secretary_Treasurer@dtu.qc.ca
Emilie Richer, Grievance Officer
grievanceofficer@dtu.qc.ca

Administrative Assistant
Elisabeth Leone
Elisabeth@dtu.qc.ca
DTU email: dtu@dtu.qc.ca

In this Issue:

Common Front Mobilisation
Local Mobilisation
Union Dues Holiday
Ventilation Issues
Pub Night
November is Insurance Month
Voluntary Workload Reduction
Scholarity Evaluations
Retirement and RREGOP

 

Common Front Mobilisation

On Friday, October 28, members of the DTU Executive participated in a demonstration to launch the Common Front for the 2023 round of Negotiations. We joined representatives from CSN, CSQ, FTQ and APTS unions in Quebec City in a show of solidarity as we marched to the Ministry to present our central table demands. 

Local Mobilisation

On November 1, teachers at Dawson met with Diane Gauvin to deposit a copy of our Sectoral Table demands, which were submitted to the CPNC on October 21. You can read the initial sectoral demands on our website, in English or in French. 

As negotiations ramp up, there will be more local actions and more opportunities for you to have your voices heard! Keep an eye out for information on how to get involved!

Union Dues Holiday

After closing its budget for 2020-2021 and reviewing its financial position, the DTU Executive assessed that there is a sufficient accumulated surplus to allow for a dues holiday for all members, as we have done in the past. At the General Assembly in which the budget for 2021-2022 was approved, the DTU Executive proposed two Union dues holidays, one for Fall 2022 and one for Winter 2023, which were approved.

The first of these Union dues holidays will be for the pay period of 13 to 26 November 2022. The DTU Executive has asked the College not to deduct dues for this pay period. On the pay statement of 24 November, there should be an amount of 0.00 in the “current” column for Union dues. Deductions for Union dues will resume for the subsequent pay period. 

Ventilation Issues

Several teachers have reported issues with ventilation in their classrooms. Although some of these issues appear to have been resolved, if you are experiencing problems in your classroom or office, we invite you to email Jorge Sanchez directly (jsanchez@dawsoncollege.qc.ca) and copy the DTU (dtu@dtu.qc.ca).

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 1, 2023. 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

Info-insurance in English:
Info-insurance in French

 If you wish to alter your plan, you should contact Allison Freund in Human Resources.  

Voluntary Workload Reduction Requests

If you wish to apply for a Voluntary Workload Reduction for Winter 2023, the deadline is November 15. You should email Cristina Stanciu in Human Resources at hrfaculty@dawsoncollege.qc.ca. We suggest that you copy the DTU on this email at dtu@dtu.qc.ca. 

Scholarity Evaluations

Our FNEEQ representatives on the Scholairty Committee have informed us of some issues that have been identified with the evaluation of scholarity in two very specific situations. If either of the situations below apply to you, please contact the DTU (dtu@dtu.qc.ca) so that our representatives can look into your case.

  1. You completed two DEC programs, one of which was in a technical program and one of which was a pre-University program. 
  2. You completed a Specialist Diploma based on the USSR educational system or a Kandidat Nauk. Evaluation rules have recently been changed for these.

Retirement and RREGOP Training

FNEEQ is providing an online training session on retirement and RREGOP for members, which will include information about how to buy back leave periods. The training will take place on Tuesday,  November 29 from 5pm until 7pm. If you wish to attend this training, please email the DTU (dtu@dtu.qc.ca) by noon on Friday, 18 November. A Zoom link will be sent to registered participants nearer the time. 

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Owl 558

September 1, 2022                                                 Issue 558

Owl Hoots

Inside this issue

Welcome Back!
Upcoming Events
Climate Strike – 23rd September 2022
New Teachers Information Session
Bill 96
College’s Memo on Continuing Education
College Readiness
Dawson College Financial Aid Office 
Food Bank  & Snack Centre

The DTU Executive
Louisa Hadley, President
President@dtu.qc.ca
Brian Seivewright, VP Internal
VPInternal@dtu.qc.ca
Mélanie Beck, VP External
VPExternal@dtu.qc.ca
Antonia Fikkert, Secretary-Treasurer
Secretary_Treasurer@dtu.qc.ca
Emilie Richer, Grievance Officer
grievanceofficer@dtu.qc.ca

Administrative Assistant
Elisabeth Leone
Elisabeth@dtu.qc.ca
DTU email: dtu@dtu.qc.ca

Welcome Back!

We hope that 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. In particular, before turning down work we encourage you to come and discuss the implications with us. You can also call us at local 1799, or email us at dtu@dtu.qc.ca with any questions. 

Upcoming Events

Our first General Assembly of the year will be held on 15th September at 2pm in 5B.13; lunch will be served at 1:30pm. This is an important opportunity for you to provide your feedback on the priorities for the upcoming negotiations as well as on the “Bargaining Projects” documents prepared by the FNEEQ and CSN negotiating teams. The documents are available in English and French on the Négo 2023 section of our website. 

Climate Strike – 23rd September 2022

As part of ongoing action around the climate crisis, Travailleuses et Travailleurs pour la Justice Climatique are inviting unions to consider participating in a Climate Strike on September 23rd. This issue was discussed at the recent Executive Council meeting and will be brought to the General Assembly on September 15th. If the General Assembly votes to hold a strike vote, it will be open to  all DTU members via Referendum. We encourage you to participate in the important discussions around this issue at the GA.

 

The DTU invites New Teachers to an information session on Monday 12th September at 4:30pm in the Rose Lounge (7C.5).

Come out to meet your Union representatives and get information on your contracts, workload and anything else you might be interested in.

Please RSVP at dtu@dtu.qc.ca

Bill 96

As you know, Bill 96 was passed into law in May, so the focus has now moved to implementation. Unfortunately, there has been no concrete information communicated regarding either the timeline or the process of implementation. It is our understanding that Dian Gauvin is involved in committees concerning the implementation, although those discussions are in-camera. We have been informed that the Ministry of Education will be providing more information to the English Colleges in October. 

Next week, the DTU Executive will be attending a special meeting of the Conseil Fédéral to discuss Bill 96. The Conseil Fédéral brings together representatives of all FNEEQ unions, not only Cegeps, but also universities and the private sector. The Executive will inform members of any updates from the meeting. 

College’s Memo on Continuing Education 

Shortly before the start of semester, the Continuing Education office sent out a Memo to Continuing Education faculty which contained many errors and included directives that contravened Quebec’s labour code. 

The DTU immediately contacted the Dean of Continuing Education, along with several other members of the College administration, but have yet to receive a response. Moreover, the Continuing Education office has not responded to the individual Continuing Education faculty who have directly reached out for clarification regarding certain issues, such as whether they will be paid to invigilate Final Exams. Clearly, this causes issues for teachers who are trying to plan their courses.

The DTU also sent an email to coordinators and Continuing Education faculty including some clarifications and corrections on sick leaves, Comprehensive Examinations, and the expectations around encadrement. We invite Continuing Education faculty to contact us with any specific questions relating to these issues. 

College Readiness

The return to classes this semester was once again marred by the College’s lack of readiness. We heard from teachers that classrooms and hallways were unclean and that there was overflowing garbage. Additionally, in the first week of semester, there were repeated issues with the elevators in the A/B wings and at one point none of the elevators were operational. Clearly this causes accessibility issues for teachers and students. The DTU will be raising these concerns with the College.

Dawson College Financial Aid Office Food Bank & Snack Centre

Stocked through the generosity of the Dawson College community, a small food bank is available for students whose monthly income does not cover all their needs.

 Please consider dropping off some items at the Financial Aid Office (Room 4E.2-8). They’re often in need of the following items:

  • canned proteins (salmon,
    tuna, sardines, turkey, chicken, ham,
    beef, etc)
  • canned vegetables (corn, peas, string beans,
    mushrooms, potatoes, tomatoes, spinach,
    carrots, etc)
  • fruits (cocktail, pears, peaches,
    applesauce, mandarin, etc)
  • rice (long grain, basmati, Uncle Ben’s,
    Dainty, Minute Rice, etc)
  • pasta sauces
  • prepared soups, Chef-Boy-R-Dee,
    Kraft dinner, chili, 
  • personal hygiene items (soap, shampoo,
    pads, tampons, deodorant,
    toothpaste/brushes/mouthwash, etc)
  •  cereal, crackers, nuts, treats of all kinds
  • vegan/gluten free items

Dawson Teachers Union
3040 Sherbrooke, Westmount, Suite 8A.11
514-931-8731 ext 1799
dtu@dtu.qc.ca

 

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