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The Owl Hoots: No 547

Dawson Contingent heading to the Climate Strike!

Issue No 547
October 22nd, 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

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.

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

Administrative Assistant
Elisabeth Leone

Upcoming Dates

25 Oct: Pub Night
6 Nov: PDF Application Deadline
7 Nov: Retirement Information Session
15 Nov VWR Application Deadline (Winter 2020)

26 Nov: General Assembly at 4pm in 5B.13

Earth Action Day

It was great to see so many members of the Dawson Community united for a common purpose on September 27th. The DTU Executive would like to extend a special thanks to those teachers who animated workshops on climate-related topics: Anna-Liisa Aunio (Sociology), Gina Granter (English), Fiona Hanley (Nursing), Yann Lamontagne (Mathematics), Émilie Richer (Mathematics), Brian Seivewright (Chemistry), and Wendy Thatcher (English).

Come and join your fellow teachers at Pub Night! In the spirit of the recent Earth Action day, we encourage you to bring your own glass or mug.

Check your Seniority!

We recently sent a Memo (email dated Oct 15th) explaining how to check that your seniority has been correctly calculated in the ‘Seniority List, 2018-2019’ that the College published on 15th October.

It has been brought to our attention that some Continuing Education teachers who missed classes due to sick days have not received seniority for those classes. If you are a Continuing Education teacher and you took a sick day in 2018-2019, you should verify that you have been credited with these hours in your seniority. You should also note that short-term substitution (occurring in the first 10 days of a teacher’s absence) does not count towards seniority.

If you are having difficulties calculating your seniority or you think there has been an error, please contact the DTU as soon as possible. Teachers have 20 working days to request a modification to the Seniority List before it becomes official.

PDF Application

For your request to be considered at the next meeting of the Professional Development Fund Committee, submit it by 6th 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. The Committee will be meeting to review applications the following week.

Voluntary Workload Reduction – Winter 2020

The deadline to apply for a Voluntary Workload Reduction for Winter 2020 is November 15th. As you may know, a new process for VWR was implemented this year. If you have participated in the program before, the new process may mean that you are paid differently than you had been in the past for a similar workload – this is why we strongly recommend that you come and see the DTU if you have any questions about the process.

Nego 2020 Update – General Assembly 26 November

The Bargaining Projects for both the Central and Sector tables have been adopted and will be deposited to the government on 31st October.

The “List of Issues” that was developed to guide the sectoral negotiations was also adopted at the Regroupement Cégep. Now begins the important process of prioritising the demands. The local unions are being asked to determine the priorities for each theme, with consultations being done on two or three themes at a time

We will be holding several General Assemblies in the upcoming months, the first of which will be on November 26th at 4pm in the Boardroom (5B.13). Attendance at General Assemblies is particularly important during negotiations as members play a crucial role in determining the DTU’s negotiation priorities, which are then communicated to FNEEQ. Come on out and have your voice heard!

Cont Ed Mob Committee

The Continuing Education Mobilization Committee meets monthly to provide an opportunity for Cont Ed teachers to discuss issues and share possible solutions. As we move forward in the negotiations, these meetings provide an important space for you to share your thoughts on Cont Ed issues. The next Mob Committee meeting will be held on Monday 4th Nov at 4pm in 3F.43. An email invite will go out to all Continuing Education teachers nearer the time – it would be great to see you there

If you are interested in getting involved in Cont Ed issues beyond Dawson, GRASPP is a reseau-wide network of precarious teachers, with an active Facebook page. A recent meeting was held at Ahuntsic College to discuss the FNEEQ’s list of problematics related to precarity and continuing education.

Cont. Ed. Sick Days

Following the changes to the Loi sur les normes du travail (LNT) earlier this year, Cont. Ed. teachers are now eligible to two (2) paid days of absence for medical or family reasons, per academic year. These days are paid at 1/20th of the continuing education income earned in the previous four weeks

Obviously this remuneration scheme is not ideal and forces Continuing Education teachers to choose either to take a sick day and receive a significantly reduced pay or to teach while unwell. Moreover, the amount of pay a teacher receives is variable depending on what point in the semester they are off sick. The DTU has asked the College to consider implementing a more equitable remuneration scheme, but as yet the College is not prepared to go beyond the amounts stipulated in the LNT.

If the College does not get a replacement for your missed class, they may ask you to reschedule the class at the end of semester. You have no obligation to do this as it is additional work above and beyond your contract. However, if you choose to reschedule the class, you will be paid for the additional hours (at your regular hourly Cont Ed rate) but will not receive any additional seniority.

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, 2020. 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 Allison Freund in Human Resources.

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The Owl Hoots: No 546

Issue 546
September 9th, 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

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.

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

Upcoming Dates

18 Sept: General Assembly
19 Sept: Cont Ed Cafe
26 Sept: Pub Night
27 Sept: Earth Strike Day

2 Oct: PDF Application
15 Oct: Deadline to apply for Personal Leave for Winter 2020

Administrative Assistant
Elisabeth Leone

General Assembly @ Noon on 18 September

Our first General Assembly of the year will be held on 18th September at noon in 5B.13; lunch will be served at 11:30am. 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 2020 section of our website.

Earth Action Day

As indicated in the Academic Calendar, the College has cancelled classes on 27th September to allow students and staff to participate in the “Strike for the Planet” event. In collaboration with the other unions and the College, we are hoping to organize workshops in the morning addressing issues related to climate change. Proposed topics include health, transport, diet, gardening, sign-making and waste, but we would love to hear your ideas! If you have a suggestion for a topic or are interested in animating a workshop, please fill in this form.

After the morning’s activities, we will depart from Dawson to join the march at Mont-Royal.

“You should know” – Cont. Ed.

  • Cont’ Ed teachers continue to accumulate seniority while on parental leave, and may be entitled to a partial paid leave.
  • Cont’ Ed teachers are only remunerated for course prep, grading, and contact time. They are not obligated to hold office hours or respond to emails/MIOs.
  • Cont’ Ed teachers are entitled to two (2) sick days per academic year (due to provincial legislation). These days are remunerated at the minimum standard of one-twentieth of the total Cont’Ed pay earned over the previous four weeks.
  • Cont’ Ed teachers at Dawson are eligible to be reimbursed for professional development activities.
  • Cont’ Ed teachers are eligible for Employment Insurance (“unemployment pay”) for the weeks between semesters/contracts.

Cont Ed “Cafe”

The DTU office will remain open late a couple of times this semester to meet and answer questions from Cont. Ed. faculty. Our first Cont Ed evening hours will be held on 19 September until 6pm. Members of the executive will be available to answer questions concerning your rights, sick leaves, contracts, priority, or any other topic you may have wondered about. More importantly, we’ll have a hot pot of coffee ready and some ice cream bars – a little sustenance for your evening class! Come and pay us a visit in room 8A.11.

Pub Night, 26 September

BEER & Wine in Oliver’s
Come and join your fellow teachers at the DTU Pub Night! Since earth day is the following day, this will be a cup-free pub night. We ask that you bring your own glass or mug.

PDF Application

For your request to be considered at the next meeting of the Professional Development Fund Committee, submit it by 2nd October. You can drop your application off at 8A.11 or email it pdfsecretary@dawsoncollege.qc.ca. We ask that applications be submitted prior to the date of the proposed activity.

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The Owl Hoots: No 545

Dawson teachers meet representatives from the FNEEQ negotiating team

Issue 545
April 30th, 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

Upcoming Dates

PDF Application

For your request to be considered at the next meeting of the Professional Development Fund Committee, submit it by 2nd May. 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.

VWR Deadline

The deadline to apply for a Voluntary Work Reduction is 15th May. You should submit your request in writing to Odette Dubé in HR.

EI Information Session

Are you a Continuing Education or Non-permanent teacher? Did you know that you are eligible for Employment Insurance between contracts?
Join us on Tuesday, May 7th at 4:00 PM in the Rose Lounge (room 7C.5) for a brief information session. A light dinner will be served. Please RSVP at dtu@dtu.qc.ca.

Faculty Vacation Period

The last day of availability is Friday, 14th June. The first day of availability for next semester is Monday, 19th August and classes start on Thursday, 22nd August. Any teacher who plans to be away outside of the official vacation period should request a transfer of availability from their sector dean.

More information about May day activities can be found at https://www.csn.qc.ca/1er-mai/

Recent Gains in Continuing Education

The Union has an agreement in principle with the College regarding seniority for Continuing Education teachers who are absent for medical reasons. Previously, the College had argued that Continuing Education teachers should not gain seniority for hours they did not teach due to illness. In response to Union pressure and a potential arbitration on this issue, the College has agreed to recognise seniority for Continuing Education teachers who are absent for medical reasons. This is an important gain for our most vulnerable colleagues as it protects them from being passed on the seniority list which could have an adverse impact on their career progression.

This provision protecting seniority is even more important in light of the recent changes to the loi sur les normes du travail which guarantees Continuing Education faculty access to two days of paid absence per year for medical or family reasons. While this is an improvement, there is still a long way to go in gaining equity for our Continuing Education colleagues. The Union will be continuing to pressure the College for a real sick bank for Continuing Education teachers operated and remunerated in the same way as for regular day teachers.

Continuing Education Mobilisation Committee

The Continuing Education Mobilisation Committee has been meeting regularly this semester to share concerns and discuss strategies for bringing awareness to the precarious position of our Cont. Ed. colleagues. Some of the initiatives that have come out of these meetings, are letter-writing campaigns being organised by continuing education teachers within their departments and a proposed Course Outline statement relating to Cont. Ed. teacher availability. On the recommendation of the Mob committee, the Executive Council have asked departments to consider passing motions to include the statement in their course outlines. This is an important way to signal our solidarity with continuing education teachers and to provide them with some protection against student complaints. As negotiations progress, the committee will become even more central in guiding our mobilisation efforts. We invite all continuing education teachers to get involved. The next meeting is 15th May at 4pm; if you are interested in coming out, please rsvp so we can order enough food: secretary_tresurer@dtu.qc.ca.

Passing of Michel Giroux,
French Department

Nous sommes tristes d’annoncer le décès de Michel Giroux. Lucie et Louise du département de français nous rappellent que “Michel fut un collègue grandement dévoué à tout le département de français et à tous les enseignants de Dawson puisqu’il a été secrétaire-trésorier, puis vice-président du syndicat entre les années 2000 et 2004. Lorsqu’il est parti en congé de maladie, il avait été élu à la présidence du syndicat  pour l’année 2004-2005.”

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The Owl Hoots: No 544

Issue 544
March 11th, 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

Upcoming Dates

Nego Visit: 9:30am, March 26 (5B.13)

Dawson’s representative on the Negotiating team will be coming to hear faculty’s views on what should be our priorities going into the 2020 negotiations. Every department has been invited to send a rep along; if you would like to join us please rsvp to dtu@dtu.qc.ca

PDF Applications

For your request to be considered at the next meeting of the Professional Development Fund Committee, submit it by 8th April. 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.

Pub Night: 4pm, March 15th in Oliver’s (2C.1)

Come out to Oliver’s for the DTU Pub Night!

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.

Environment Committee

The Executive Council are considering forming a committee of teachers to address environmental issues.The mandate of the committee could include raising awareness about environmental campaigns, promoting local initiatives, and mobilisation. If you are interested in getting involved, please let us know.

Profs pour la Planète

Vanessa Gordon, from the Political Science Department, writes about the Profs pour la Planète movement:

Last January 29, I got a curious text from an old friend, Violaine Brisebois-Lavoie. Violaine is a psychology professor at cégep Bois-de-Boulogne:

She provided a link published the day before by a French group who called themselves ‘les enseignant.e.s pour la planète’. It was something about someone called Greta Thunberg and global warming.

Then, that Saturday, I was absentmindedly scrolling down my Facebook feed and there was Greta Thunberg again: whatever she was doing with regards to climate change, she seemed to be doing it right. I looked her up, found her TED talk and listened.

What followed was a very methodical speech, given by a 15 (now 16 year old) girl about how the time had come to engage in civil disobedience to save the planet. More specifically, she called on students to strike until such time as politicians finally take decisive action to prevent climate catastrophe. She’s right.

Looking back at the link that my friend Violaine sent, it was a petition being circulated by French teachers in support of Greta Thunberg. The petition calls for teachers to properly explain the climate crises and support students in their strike efforts.

We decided to launch our own petition, tailored for our Québecois colleagues. We called ourselves ‘Profs pour la planète’. Violaine contacted our French counterparts for permission to use their petition.

She then did a superb job of adapting it to Québois audiences, in collaboration with Maude and Rafaëlle, both experienced activists in their own right, and Violaine put the petition on-line. With feedback from Mathieu, Sari and I helped in translating it to English.

We all contacted our colleagues, then our friends working on environmental issues and in the media. We got a bit of coverage, deftly handled by Violaine. As of this reading, the petition has received over 4,000 signatures.

‘Profs pour la planète’ has also:

  • accompanied high school students on their Friday strikes;
  • worked with educators who have met with school boards to come up with resolutions to support striking students;
  • reached out to unsupportive schools and invited them to revise their positions;
  • met with student union representatives as well as representatives of student environmental groups to discuss strategy and offer support;
  • offered advice to fellow teachers regarding how to go about supporting students and the ecological movement;
  • opened up a Facebook group for our project. To date, more than 130 people have joined.
  • engaged with other environmental groups (from social media to university research centers) to help with strategy and share information

In the medium to long term, we will join students for this coming March 15 strike, as well as the September 27 strike. We also hope to develop pedagogical tools to share with our colleagues, and do all that we can to represent teachers who have decided to support students and join the call for civil disobedience.

The ‘Profs pour la planète’ petition is available online, and there is also a Facebook group. The Profs pour la Planète group will be meeting ahead of Global Climate rally on March 15th at 12:30 on the north-east corner of Parc and Duluth.

Fiona Hanley, from the Nursing Department, writes about Health and Climate Change:

Something is profoundly wrong with the way that we have come to live; in the divisiveness we have created between people, nations, animals and nature, and the way in which we continue to relentlessly damage the planetary home that sustains us. Recent dramatic weather events have heightened our sense of the fragility of the ecosystems that have sustained us, and whose resilience until recently we have taken for granted.

As we approach the third decade of the 21st Century we are losing the stability of the earth systems that have allowed humans to thrive and flourish. We have in fact altered the structures and functioning of planetary systems to such a considerable degree that the International Union of Geological Sciences agreed in 2016 to change the name of this epoch from Holocene to Anthropocene, or ‘Age of Humans’.

The world glimmers at night, thanks to our love affair with fossil fuels, the drivers of economic development, which have given us the power to transform our lives, and transform the world. The stars that inspired philosophers and scientists in the search for meaning are now largely obscured.

We have failed to really grasp that the world has undergone radical change, and are only now awakening to the consequences of what some say is a huge out of control experiment on our ecosystems, our populations, our children and our future.

Dramatic events in 2018 marked a turning point for many in the realisation of the significance climate disruption brings to their lives, and that even the wealthiest and most comfortable among us cannot be immune to extreme weather, fire or floods. A sense of loss, anxiety and ecological grief began to take hold in the spirits of many.

Climate change has been called the greatest health threat of the 21st Century (The Lancet 2009), as the earth’s average surface temperature rises in synchronicity with unprecedented greenhouse gas emissions. Direct and indirect health effects result from extreme weather, water and food contamination, droughts, floods, insect-borne and other changing patterns of disease, temperature extremes of hot and cold, acidity of oceans, air pollution, biodiversity loss, and other phenomena. The most recent special report from International Panel on Climate Change warned of the catastrophic effects on ecosystems and human health in a 2°-warmer world.

We also know however that deep evidence-based climate action has the potential for significant health benefits, and that actions designed to reduce greenhouse gases, dependence on fossil fuels, development of alternative energy and transport, have direct effects on human health and thriving.

We are at a turning point where decisions must be made to ensure that increases in global temperatures are kept to 1.5 degrees or below. Canada had a very important role in reaching the Paris agreement, but we are sadly lacking in achieving goals set to reduce emissions, and Canadians have a failing grade, being one of the highest per capita GHG emissions, with significant contributions of the oil and gas sector, transport,

February 2019 saw unprecedented collaboration from major health organizations in a call to action on Climate and Health to demand that all federal political parties in Canada make meaningful and effective action on climate change as central to their party platform in this election year. We have the opportunity to make the changes needed to avoid catastrophic climate change, and ensure a stable future for our youth. We must recognize that climate disruption is a health emergency, and take the measures necessary for the sake of us all.  A good place to start for busy people is the Lazy Person’s Guide to Saving the World 🙂

Further Reading

If you are interested in finding out more about these issues, Dawson faculty have shared some links that you could check out:

Coalition: Éducation, Environment, Ecocitoyennete
Jonathan Watts, “The Beginning of Great Change,” The Guardian
Le Pacte Pour La Transition
Environement Jeunesse

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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.

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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.”

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The Owl Hoots: No 541

Issue 541
September 6th, 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


 

Welcome back!

The DTU Executive invites you to drop by room 8A.11 for questions regarding workloads, seniority and priority, schooling and work experience, or anything else related to life at Dawson. You can also call us (x1799), or email us (dtu@dtu.qc.ca).


Important dates

Sep 21 – PDF requests

For your request to be considered at the next meeting of the Professional Development Fund Committee, submit it by the 21st of September. You can drop your application off in room 8A.11 or email it to pdfsecretary@dawsoncollege.qc.ca. Applications must be submitted prior to the date of the proposed activity.

Oct 3 – General Assembly: Unite for Cont’Ed

Given Dawson’s failure to address the precarious working conditions in Cont’Ed, we will be holding a General Assembly to mobilize for change. All teachers are encouraged to attend.  Join us at 3pm in the board room (5B.13).


Important message for non-permanent teachers

We encourage you to consult the DTU before you refuse any workload you have been offered. Refusals can have a substantial impact on your future hiring priority. Teachers who would like to learn more about seniority, priority, and workload distribution are welcome to stop by the DTU office in room 8A.11, or to send us an email at dtu@dtu.qc.ca.


Long-term disability insurance

You can opt in to our long-term disability insurance policy, without proof of insurability, at the beginning of each of your first three Regular sector contracts with a minimum value of 0.167 ETCs. Your request must be made within the first 30 days of your contract. You can send an email to benefits@dawsoncollege.qc.ca to begin the process. (We suggest that you copy us on this email at dtu@dtu.qc.ca.)

Note that long-term disability insurance enrollment is automatic once you acquire permanence or at the beginning of your fourth full-time contract, whichever comes first.

Check your pay stub

We strongly encourage you to check your pay stub and to contact us with any questions you might have about it, especially if you think you’ve noticed a discrepancy.


Your Rights, Explained

The Selection Committee

The collective agreement tasks each department with selecting its future members. The department selection committee recommends candidates to the College for hire. Each selection committee must consist of three faculty members from the department and two College representatives.

Recommendations to the College must be based on professional competencies and on pedagogical aptitude. In the event that the committee recommends multiple candidates, it is essential to rank the candidates. This ranking determines their initial hiring priority.

If the committee unanimously recommends a candidate, the College must hire them. A majority recommendation from the committee does not bind the College to hire the candidate. Finally, the College cannot hire a candidate without at least a majority recommendation from the selection committee.

We ask teachers to inform the DTU if any member of a selection committee invokes affirmative action or access to employment in the ranking of candidates. While selection committees are bound by the recommendations of the affirmative action committee, the College has neglected to convene this committee for a very long time.

We also ask teachers to inform the DTU if a selection committee is improperly constituted, or if a College representative attempts to veto a majority decision.

Special Leaves and Family Days

Both Regular and Continuing Education faculty are eligible for special leaves without loss of pay under clause 5-9.01 of the collective agreement. These include short-term leaves for the death of your spouse or a family member; for your wedding or a wedding in your immediate family; for moving; or due to an act of God preventing you from working. 

All teachers also benefit from up to ten days of leave for family reasons per year under clause 5-9.06. These leaves may be used for any obligations arising from the care or education of your child or your spouse’s child, or from the health of a spouse or a close relative.  Up to six of these days may be claimed from your sick bank, if applicable. Half-day leaves are also possible.

Extended leaves for family reasons are available in exceptional circumstances. Feel free to contact the DTU for more information.

If you need to avail yourself of one of these leaves, you must inform your sector dean in writing as soon as possible. You are encouraged to copy the DTU in your correspondence (dtu@dtu.qc.ca).


Cont’Ed Working Conditions

Dawson’s administrators ignore pleas from Cont’Ed teachers

Last January, eight Continuing Education teachers from the French department wrote to Richard Filion (Director General), Diane Gauvin (Academic Dean), Andréa Cole (Dean of Creative and Applied Arts), Pascahl Scott (Director of Human Resources), and Johanne Rocheleau (Dean of Continuing Education and Community Services) denouncing their unequal working conditions, discounted salaries, and lack of sick days. They implored their administrators to take action.

Below are two excerpts. As of September 6 — nearly eight months after they reached out — they have yet to receive a response.

From Elisa Romano:

“As the semester begins, I would like to remind the administration that Conted teaching conditions are inequitable. I have been working at Dawson since 2008 and as a French teacher since 2012. While I am proud to be part of our inspiring community, I cannot help but be disappointed by the difficult working conditions that my Conted colleagues and I continue to face. We have no sick days; no vacations; no paid support hours to offer our students; our pay is significantly unequal to our workload; and our classes are often confirmed days (or sometimes even hours) before they start.

Conted welcomes more and more students as its ratio in relation to day classes keeps increasing. However, no one is acknowledging our importance in the Dawson and Cegep communities or is ready to give us the conditions we deserve. After six years of teaching at Dawson, both night and day, I am still faced with an uncertain professional future. I have since become a mother and the prospect of having to work nights for many more years to come (at almost half the salary of my daytime colleagues) is a daunting one. Without access to sick days, I cross my fingers that neither my son nor I will fall ill during the semester. Reconciling work and family is a constant struggle for a Conted teacher.

As I come out of my first class, galvanized by my students and their enthusiasm to learn, I cannot but reflect on all the ways that our working conditions negatively affect our students. Every semester I dread the moment when a student will ask me to meet for extra help outside of class, or to go over a test score, or to redo an exam. By all accounts these students deserve the same learning environment as their daytime peers. The same is also true for their teachers.”

From Adeline Caute:

“[This] August will mark the end of my fifth year as a member of faculty, and still I teach full time at Continuing Education. I hold a PhD from UQAM and I have been teaching in post secondary education for the past thirteen years. This year, my projected salary at Dawson is 38 280$. If I was teaching full time in the Day Division, teaching the exact same courses to the same number of students in the same classroom, I would be making 82 909$, with sick days and benefits. The reason why I am writing today is to express my indignation at the ever worsening conditions of my employment.

When I was first hired, I was told that teachers will stay at Cont’Ed for a year or two. At the time, I had other opportunities, with two Montreal universities concurrently hiring me as a lecturer, but my spouse and I decided that I would prioritize Dawson, because, in time, Dawson could offer me what a lecturing position never would : financial stability and permanence. At the time, our 6 month-old son was in the NICU and we were about to receive a diagnosis that would change our lives : he had MEDNIK syndrome, a life-threatening condition, which, if he were to survive, would rob him of the ability to walk, talk, and feed himself. With my being hired at Dawson, my spouse and I breathed a sigh of relief, as we felt like we could put a lot of our financial and material anxiety to rest.

Almost five years later, I am very happy to say that my son is still with us. We live off my salary only because my spouse had to stop working to make the endless medical appointments. Adding to our financial precarity, I teach nights, therefore I don’t get to see my son when he comes home from daycare. In fact, the day when I will be able to be home in the evening feels more remote today than ever. The number of Cont’Ed sections has more than doubled in the past five years, and, while two years ago, I had a day time course in the Winter, right now, the two people above me in my department’s seniority list teach full time at Cont’Ed.”

List of issues

The Owl Hoots: No 540

Issue 540
September 12th, 2017

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)
Yann Lamontagne
(vp-internal)
Mélanie Beck
(vp-external)
Phil Lagogiannis
(secretary-treasurer)


 

Welcome back!

The DTU Executive invites you to drop by our office in room 8A.11. We can answer your 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 extension 1799, or email us at dtu@dtu.qc.ca with your questions.

We are in the process of rolling out our new website at www.dtu.qc.ca. We’ve done our best to provide as much information as possible, and to streamline navigation. Feedback is welcome!


Important dates

Professional Development Fund Requests

If you want your request to be considered at the next meeting of the PDF committee, make sure to submit it before September 14th. You can drop your application off in room 8A.11, or you can email it to pdfsecretary@dawsoncollege.qc.ca. Please note that your application must be submitted prior to the date of the proposed activity.



Check your paystub

We strongly encourage you to check your paystub and to contact us with any questions you might have about it, especially if you think you’ve noticed a discrepancy.

Teachers who were on leave (sick leave, parental leave, or other) in 2016-2017 should verify their vacation pay. The DTU can help you determine whether an error has been committed.


Long-term disability insurance

You can opt in to our long-term disability insurance policy, without proof of insurability, at the beginning of each of your first three Regular sector contracts with a minimum value of 0.167 ETCs. Your request must be made within the first 30 days of your contract. You can send an email to benefits@dawsoncollege.qc.ca to begin the process. (We suggest that you copy us on this email at dtu@dtu.qc.ca.)

Note that long-term disability insurance enrolment is automatic once you acquire permanence or at the beginning of your fourth full-time contract, whichever comes first.


Your Rights, Explained

Sick Days

HOW MANY SICK DAYS DO I GET?

The following is how the College allots your sick days.

When a teacher is first hired into the Regular sector — and only then — six (6) sick days are automatically added to their sick bank. Every teacher, regardless of their workload, is credited with these six days.

Every year on September 1, seven (7) sick days are credited to each full-time Regular sector teacher; for part-time teachers, that number is prorated to their workload. These seven days constitute your ‘current sick days’ for the year and are not cumulative. However, if the total number of sick days in your bank is less than or equal to thirteen (13) on June 30, your unused current sick days are added to your sick bank. (No unused current sick days are added to your bank if you have more than thirteen sick days in your bank.) Unused days cannot be converted into cash.

If you take a leave (other than a parental leave or a sick leave), the seven current sick days are adjusted on a prorata basis to the impact of the leave on your availability.

WHAT SHOULD I DO IF I’M SICK?

You must notify the College (your Sector Dean’s office) as soon as possible, and you must identify exactly which classes have to be cancelled. Each Dean has a phone number dedicated to absences, so you can call anytime. Your absence will be posted on the Cancelled Classes board and on the College website.

Upon your return to work, you will need to fill out a Certificate of Absence as promptly as possible. The form is available from Human Resources (4B.7), from your Sector Dean, and on the Dawson website (in the ‘Online Forms’ section). Clearly indicate on the Certificate of Absence whether you were unavailable for only half of a day (e.g. for a medical appointment).

The College may request that you provide a medical certificate any time that you take a sick day. However, it usually does not do so unless your absence extends beyond five (5) days. If the College requests a medical certificate from a teacher absent for fewer than 4 days, it is at their expense.

WILL I GET PAID?

The first five (5) consecutive days of absence are paid at 100% of your salary, provided you have enough sick days available in your sick bank. If you have no sick days remaining, then you are simply not paid. After five working days of illness, you are placed on salary insurance (also referred to as short-term disability insurance). Subsequent sick days are paid at 85% of your normal salary for the first year, and at 66 2/3% for the second year. Note that during your sick leave, you are exempt from paying RREGOP premiums, and your long-term disability and life insurance premiums are waived as of the 30th day of your illness.

After this two-year period, you may be eligible to collect benefits under our long-term disability insurance policy, which is optional for most non-permanent teachers but compulsory for permanent teachers. If you do not have long-term disability insurance, you will not receive any income. Your health insurance premiums will also be waived once you become eligible for long-term disability benefits.

Neither short-term nor long-term disability insurance affects your sick day bank balance.

FAMILY RESPONSIBILITIES

You have the right to be absent from work for up to ten (10) days per year to fulfill obligations relating to the care, health or education of your child or your spouse’s child, or for health reasons related to your spouse, father, mother, brother, sister or grandparent. You can use up to six (6) sick days for these absences. The remaining four (4) are without pay. These days may be divided into half-days. You must inform the College of your intention to avail yourself of these days as soon as possible.