General Assembly

Friday, February 23, 2018   Time: 2:00 p.m
Location: in Amphitheatre B223
Dinner will follow in boardroom F-216


  1.  Approval of Agenda
  2. Approval of Minutes – December 13th 2017
  3. Business Arising
    1. Substitutions *
    2. Departmental Autonomy**
    3. Allocation Projet: Recommendations for 2018-19
  4. Reports & Announcements
    1. Memorials for Deceased Colleagues
  5. New Business
    1. Continuing Education Charges***
    2. CSN manifesto & Estates General of Higher Education –invited guests
  6. Varia
  7. Adjournment

as there will be food and drink after the GA.

*3.a) Substitutions: NOTICE of MOTION from Dec 13, 2017 GA:
Whereas the administration has proposed that the 1st substitution for a course not be paid;

That the first 3 class absences for a course section not be paid, in order to counter the deficit.

**3. b) Departmental Autonomy: Motion tabled at Dec 13, 2017 GA
Whereas the departmental use and distribution of allocation FTEs is always subject to the specificities of disciplinary and curricular needs and interests over which the departments themselves have primary purview and of which they are most cognizant;

Whereas it is in the best interests of students, teachers and the educational mission that measures for mitigating deficit in FTEs take account of the effects of such measures on curriculum, teaching and everyday practice in the classroom;

That the General Assembly recommends that departmental input and expertise be included formally in the form, among other things, of written proposals, in deliberations and negotiations at CRT over College administration proposals for addressing an actual or potential deficit in FTEs that entail changes to the departmental usage of course allocation FTEs.

***5.a) Continuing Education Charges
That Association Council recommend to the General Assembly that the principle that Cont Ed charges should be used exclusively for Type 1 teaching duties be followed by the administration.

  1. That Association Council recommend to the General Assembly that the Continuing Education charges be distributed according to seniority across disciplines and that CRT teacher members be mandated to advocate for this position.


Estate General on Education 2018

The “octopus” in the link below maps out the current state of affairs in Quebec when education is yoked to an economic mandate in “A Knowledge Economy.”  Many issues are linked, as this “octopus” shows.  You may click on the windows to learn more.  Fneeq is organizing to educate the population about the limitations and dangers of such a model and, alternately, the advantages of the vision of education as a public good.

News Bulletin 7, February 14, 2018      

Resources Available for Cont Ed Teachers and Students “after hours”
We would like to share some information recently brought to our attention about many services that are available to our Cont Ed teachers and students “after hours.”  A sincere thank-you to K. Rose who researched and compiled this.

  • Academic and Related Resources:
    Academic Counseling (Andrea Di Domenico, E114): M-Th 4-6pm, F 2-4pm.
    Student Services: (C-203) open M to Th 8 am to 6 pm, and F 8 am to 4:30 pm.
    Counseling (mental health, via Student Services, C-203) (Sarah Dudley, Social Work Technician for intake): M-Th 8-6; F 8-4:30; counselors often work until 5 but some can continue until 6.
    Academic Success Advisor (Cari Clough, Early Alert, resource point person): in office (E-300) M 10-6; Tu-F 10-4.
    ACCESS test services: (B-207) open until 6pm; ContEd students can begin their test with ACCESS in the evening and at 6pm can be escorted by staff to their classes to finish.
    English/STEM Tutoring: TASC tutoring (E-300) generally from 10-4 (drop-in and private tutoring); Kim Muncey, in TASC, is available to do targeted in-class interventions (eg. resources, time management, reading strategies) for students from 6-7pm; her usual hours are M,Tu, Th 9am-4:30pm, and W 10am-6pm; tutoring after 4pm is not something currently available.
  • Work Space, Computers:
    STEM centre: (D-301) open M-F 7:30am-10pm, Sat. and Sun. 7:30-5pm.              TASC: (E-300) space is open from 8am-6pm.
    Library: (F-300) open from M-Th 7:45am-7pm, F 7:45am-5pm.
    We will continue to share any more information regarding services as we discover them.  In the meantime, we hope the list above will be of immediate use to our Cont Ed teachers.

CRT Follow-up:  Cont Ed Issues
We argued at CRT for several local issues.

  • Space/storage
    The Adminstration agreed to look into a filing cabinet now and they will prioritize space and storage in the future move.
  • Scheduling conflicts
    Scheduling issues were not resolved but openness was shown to find better solutions.
  • Cont Ed charges
    Though the Admin announced a use of Cont Ed charge we disagree with, we were pleased to see for the first time that the Administration seemed open to working with the VCTA.

 CRT Follow-up:  First Day Absences
Although the Dean of Academic Systems had conveyed that the Administration had every intention of stopping the current practice of paying for the first substitutions for teacher absences, this has proved impossible to organize for the current semester.  Instead, the new Dean announced that this practice will cease in the fall of 2018.This is unfortunate and disappointing from a union perspective. The saving to our FTE deficit in Volet 1 would have been great, approximately 1 -1.5 for this semester and would have had these future effects: 1) saving teachers from taking on more students, 2) from teaching more hours, and 3) helping our teachers at the bottom of the hiring list to get more courses.

  • For all these positive reasons for our collective, in true solidarity, we urge you all to start to adopt the practice of “swapping” your first absences with a colleague (even though this is not yet required) so as to minimize the deficit this year.
  • You may do so simply by emailing your colleague, with your dean cc’d.

CRT Follow-up:  Exhibitionist on Campus in November: follow-up.
After the 2 incidents, information was sent out to the community Nov. 16 with a protocol (who to call: 911 or Vanier Security x 7575) and Security was put on alert to be more vigilant.   The Administration stated that more information could not be shared and is limited because it is an active police investigation.

CRT Follow-up: Grievances
We pursued eight grievances at last Thursday’s meeting, from PD as a non-taxable benefit to the grades review protocol.  The VCTA CRT committee will continue to seek resolution on these and other items with the Administration or will have to consider bringing them to arbitration.


Thursday, February 15, 2018
Room F-216 at 1:15 pm – 4:00 pm

  1. Approval of Agenda
  2. Approval of Minutes – November 30, 2017, January 18, 2018-meeting 1 & 2, February 1, 2018
  3. Business Arising
    1. Amendment to VCTA Bylaws
    2. Cont Ed charge
    3. Recommendation for 2018-2019 Allocation Project.
  4. Reports & Announcements
    1. Audit Committee
    2. Quality Assurance
    3. Cont Ed teachers meeting
    4. CSN congress
    5. Estates General on Education
    6. Junk Food in college
    7. Business Advertising in college
    8. CSN manifesto
  5. New Business:
    1. GA-February 23, 2018-Agenda
  6. Members’ Concerns
  7.  Varia
    1. Office expenses
  8. Adjournment




Thursday, February 1, 2018
Room F-216 at 1:15 pm

  1. Approval of Agenda
  2. Approval of Minutes – November 30, 2017 & January 18, 2018.
  3. Business Arising
    1. Cont Ed charge
    2. Recommendation for 2017-2018 Allocation Projet.
  4. Reports & Announcements
    1. Quality Assurance
    2. Cont Ed teachers meeting
    3. CSN congress
    4. Estates General on Education
    5. Junk Food in college
    6. Business Advertising in collegE
  5. New Business:
    1. Amendment to VCTA Bylaws
  6. Members’ Concerns
  7. Varia
  8. Adjournment




Friday, January 26, 2018, 1:00 p.m.
Room F-216

  1.  Welcome and Introductions
  2. Approval of the Agenda
  3. Approval of the Minutes of December 1, 2017
  4. Business Arising from the Minutes
    1. Academic Council Committees (A-C. Banville)
    2. Standard Blurbs for Policies – Follow Up (J. Hudson)
    3. Devis pédagogique (A-C. Banville, S. Tardif)
  5. Main Business
    1. Items for Recommendation
      1. UQAM DEC-BAC Agreement –Business Management (Marketing- 410.D0) (A. Perout, A. Gates)
      2. Inclusion Policy for Students With Disabilities (M. E. Longpré; 2 pm)
      3. Accord-Cadre – École de Langues UQAM (P. Gagné)
      4. 2018-2019 Academic Calendar (S. Tardif)
      5. Request – Paralegal Technology (A-C. Banville)
      6. John Abbott College MOU (Memorandum of Understanding) – Auto-financed AEC’s (A-C. Banville)
    2. Items for Consultation
  6. Reports, Announcements and Correspondence
    1. Animal Health Technology and E Wing Renovations (M. Sendbuehler, L. Bégin; 3pm)
    2. Winter 2018 Enrollment (S. Tardif)
    3. CCTT (Centres Collégiaux de Transfert de Technologie) Proposal (A-C. Banville)
  7. Varia
  8.  Adjournment



Wednesday, December 13, 2017
Boardroom F-216, Time: 2:00 p.m.

  1.  Approval of Agenda
  2. Approval of Minutes – November 28, 2017
  3. Business Arising
    1. VCTA Release Time
    2. Quality Assurance
  4. Reports & Announcements
  5. New Business
    1. Audit Committee Report -2016-17
    2. Memorials for Deceased Colleagues*
    3. Continuing Education “charges”
    4. Allocation 2018-19**
  6. Varia
  7. Adjournment

as there will be food and drink after the GA.

* Whereas it is conventionally considered appropriate and moral practice that institutions recognize the contribution of deceased current or former members of its community;

Whereas the VCTA values collegiality and community;

Whereas teachers want the opportunity to honor their colleagues at memorial services;

That Association Council recommend that the GA demand that the College re-establish their practice of informing members via email as promptly as possible about any deceased colleagues or retired colleagues.

** Whereas there has been an allocation deficit in Volet 2 (Article 8-4.01b)) of the allocation project for the last few years;

Whereas the VCTA has grieved these deficits;

Whereas the College has proposed possible measures to absorb the deficit, including cuts to departmental coordination;

Whereas Departmental Coordination is already under-allocated;

Whereas the College has over-allocated program coordination for at least the last six years;

That Association Council recommend that the General Assembly mandate faculty members of CRT to demand that departmental coordination not be cut and to propose that, if the College chooses to allocate more than 10% of coordination release time to programs, that the additional resources for program activities be allocated from other envelopes.



Thursday, November 30, 2017
ROOM F-216 at 1:15 pm – 4:00 pm

  1. Approval of Agenda
  2. Approval of Minutes – November 16, 2017
  3. Business Arising
    1. Quality Assurance
    2. Cont Ed Charge
    3. Recommendations for 2018-2019 Projet
    4. By Law 3
  4. Reports & Announcements
    1. Coordinators’ meeting
  5. New Business
    1. GA December 13, 2017
  6. Members’ Concerns
  7. Varia
  8. Adjournment