SWFs are the corner stone of faculty rights. By unilaterally choosing to ignore provisions in our collective agreement regarding the SWF, the colleges are establishing a dangerous precedent to further erode faculty rights. This is a continuation of the struggle for our rights that gave rise to the strike and that resulted in an 86% rejection of the forced ratification vote province wide.
In other words, the SWF issue is this week’s version of standing up for faculty rights, just as we did last week for the forced ratification vote.
Our recommendation to faculty; Tom Tomassi sent an email to all faculty with similar instructions.
- Prepare your workplan for course revisions (see Humber locals document here )
- Request an appropriately revised SWF for the rest of the semester ( “First Letter to Manager” see sample wording here)
- Copy the local with your manager’s reply.
- If you meet with your manager, let them know the extent of the changes required and the additional hours that should be added to your new SWF, or simply that you want one with the new dates.
- If the manager refuses to adjust your SWF, tell/write your manager you want to refer this issue to the Workload Monitoring Group (WMG) (see “Follow Up Letter to Manager” here).
- Keep track of the additional work (hours).
Relevant language from the collective agreement: (Please familiarize yourself with the details of article 11)
“11.02 A 6 (a) In the event of any difference arising from the interpretation, application, administration or alleged contravention of 11.01, 11.02, or 11.09, a teacher shall discuss such difference as a complaint with the teacher’s immediate supervisor.
The discussion shall take place within 14 days after the circumstances giving rise to the complaint have occurred…”
"As a result of the strike, faculty must do extra work that was not originally listed on their SWF or your contract.
The extra work could include the following;
1. Prep time to revise your course(s). You taught for 6 weeks and were off for 5. Entering back into the teaching and learning experience will require thought, energy and course revision.
2. Evaluation Time - Your evaluations may have to be shifted. Many of us were coming back to exams this week and next. This won't be possible.
3. Meeting with Students - Students will most definitely require additional time out of class to support their learning and accommodate their needs.
Thanks to the folks from Humber for sharing their resources.