Update: FASS Workload Arbitration
Last year, the Association filed a grievance against the FASS workload policy implemented by then Dean John Osborne. In June, the arbitrator issued a ruling dismissing the grievance (the full text of the arbitrator’s ruling is available on our website).
We have reviewed our options and have determined that there are insufficient grounds to request a judicial review of the arbitrator’s decision.
The arbitrator accepted the Employer’s argument that the assignment of 0.4 credits to out of classroom teaching for faculty is not unreasonable. This means that our instructor members in FASS continue to teach 3.5 credits. This also only serves to further entrench the inequality between our faculty and instructor members.
Although instructors will not see the intended reduction in their workload, the 0.4 value assigned to out of classroom teaching will be beneficial. CUASA now has the ability to hold the Employer to this valuation in a variety of scenarios, including accommodation and reduced time appointments.
It is important to note that this case is not binding on future cases. The Association will be actively monitoring the situation and will take action if there is a violation of the workload provisions of the collective agreement.
If you have any questions about this policy, the arbitration or what it means for your workload, please contact the Association at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Long Term Disability Rate Reduction
The Long Term Disability Plan ensures that members continue to have income in the event of a disability extending beyond six months. The Plan is funded entirely from member contributions and provides an important safety net.
In the past, the Association has negotiated a number of premium holidays and reductions. Despite this, the Plan has accumulated a significant surplus. Currently, CUASA members are receiving a 25% premium subsidy. Effective August 1, 2015, this subsidy will be replaced with a 40% premium decrease – a 15% reduction.
This reduction will mean that a member making $100,000 will see their annual premiums reduce by approximately $400.00.
The Association feels that this new premium better reflects the true cost of the plan. However, the plan premiums may continue to be adjusted as the conditions of the plan change.
We will continue to work with our benefit consultant to determine the best course of action for our Plan. We are committed to ensuring that members receive the best value for their money.
Course Material Copyright
The Employer has informed the Association that there are a number of companies offering to pay students for their electronic class notes and other course materials.
We would like to remind you that your course materials are your intellectual property. You will soon be receiving sample copyright notices from your Chair/Director or Dean that you may include in your syllabus, course notes and other teaching materials.
Although these notices may not prevent unauthorized reselling of your materials, it is hoped that they will serve as a deterrent.
If you have concerns about unauthorized use of your intellectual property, please contact the Association.