GENERAL ASSEMBLY AGENDA

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Wednesday, October 4, 2017
F216 during UB – 12:30 pm

AGENDA

  1. Approval of Agenda
  2. Approval of Minutes – September 13, 2017
  3. Business Arising
  4. Reports & Announcements
    1. Asbestos concerns A500
  5. New Business
    1.  Insurance
  6. Varia
  7. Adjournment

  MOTIONS:

  1. The VCTA General Assembly moves that there be a freeze in premiums (0 %) for all coverages for the 2018 renewal, subject to any amendments in the contract ①.
  2. The VCTA General Assembly moves that the insurance contract be amended so that it covers the elected officials of the FNEEQ who used to be covered by a group insurance policy that was terminated because of their union activities.
  3. The VCTA General Assembly moves that the following additions be made to the contract:
    1. Reimbursement of $1000 for each hearing aid or reimbursement up to a maximum of $2000 per 36-month period (with no increase in premiums);
    2. Reimbursement of medical certificates at the percentage for the module for a reimbursement of $40 per certificate up to a maximum of $500 per year (involving an increase of 0.1% for each module) ①;
    3. Reimbursement of up to 1000$ for each auditory prosthetic or reimbursements up to 2000$ per 36 month period (no increase to premiums).
  4. The VCTA General Assembly moves that the following additions be made to the contract:
    1. Delete coverage for homeopathy: reimbursement for appointments with homeopaths and for homeopathic medications (no reduction in premiums).

GENERAL ASSEMBLY AGENDA

Wednesday, September 13, 2017
F216 Supper at 5:30
GA 6:00

AGENDA

  1.  Approval of Agenda
  2. Approval of Minutes – May 16, 2017
  3. Business Arising:
    1. Academic Council: Bylaw 3*
    2. Reports & Announcements:
  4. New Business:
  5. Varia
  6. Adjournment

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*Motion with regard to Bylaw 3.

Whereas the VCTA General Assembly asked Academic Council teacher members to move to table any proposed changes to By-law 3 until the VCTA has obtained legal advice from FNEEQ and until the General Assembly has given a clear mandate;

Whereas Academic Council has voted to postpone voting on proposed changes to By-law 3 until the second meeting of the Autumn, 2017 semester;

That Association Council recommend that the General Assembly mandate teacher members of Academic Council and CRT to approve the proposed changes to By-law 3 that were presented to Academic Council on May 26th, 2017, with the following exceptions:

That 1.01 remain from the current version with the omission of “CAD/CAM and the Seminar Centre”.

The preamble to the proposed revisions of Article 1.02 should remain as in the current version as follows: “The Academic Council shall be consulted on the following specific items, among others, prior to any decision by the College:”

All of the items under the proposed article 1.03 should fall under the proposed article 1.02 and the word “significant” be removed from the last bullet, and the point should simply read: “any decision that might have an impact on teaching and learning”.

In the proposed article 1.03, the phrase “which are under the Academic Dean’s purview” should be removed, and the point should simply read “all academic policies and procedures.”

The proposed article 6.05 should contain the following phrase: “A draft copy of the minutes of each meeting of Academic Council is transmitted to each of the members of the Council, each department and program coordinator, all Cadres, and the president of each Union within ten working days of the meeting” (previously 3.12).

General Assembly Agenda

Tuesday, May 16, 2017
F216-3:00 pm to 5:00 pm
Food & drinks at 5:00 pm

  1. Approval of Agenda
  2. Approval of Minutes March 27, 2017 & April 25, 2017
  3. Business Arising:
    1. GA scheduling for 2017-2018
    2. Teacher representatives on committees for 2017-2018
  4. Reports & Announcements
  5. New Business
    1. Audit Committee Report
    2. Financials
      1. Strike Fund
      2. Executive Release Time
      3. VCTA Budget 2017-2018
    3. Post-Mortem of Negotiations
  6. Varia

Adjournment
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Association Council Recommendations:

5) a) Audit Committee Report
That Association Council recommend that the VCTA General Assembly accept the Audit Report for 2015-2016 with minor spelling and name change.

5) b) i Strike Fund
That Association Council recommend to the GA that a portion of the accumulated surplus be used to pay the projected deficit from the 2016-17 budget and that the rest be kept in reserve until we have the Audit Committee report from 2016-17.

 5) b) ii Executive Release 17-18
-Whereas the VCTA General Assembly mandated, on March 27, 2017, its faculty representatives at CRT to request that the College give the VCTA Executive a total of 3 FTEs for union release;
-Whereas the College has declared its intention to maintain the VCTA Executive’s union release for the 2017-2018 academic year at 2 FTE
-Whereas Association Council recommends that Executive members should teach only one section per semester
-Whereas Executive release needed for 2017-2018  is approximately 2.92 FTE if each Executive member teachers one section per semester
That Association Council recommend to the VCTA General Assembly that the VCTA pay up to 0.95 FTE for Executive release for 2017-2018.

5) b) iii Budget 2017-2018
That Association Council recommend that the VCTA General Assembly adopt the budget projections for 2017-2018.

5) c) FNEEQ Nego Post-Mortem
That Association Council recommend to the VCTA General Assembly that the mandate for VCTA delegates to vote on the adoption of the Bilan de la négociation 2015-2020 at the June 1 & 2, 2017 Regroupement be given at a special meeting of Association Council on May 24th, 2017.

 

General Assembly Agenda

Tuesday, April 25, 2017
F216 Supper 5:30
GA 6:30

1.Approval of Agenda

2.Approval of Minutes March 27, 2017

3.Business Arising:

a) VCTA Release Time
b) Program Management Policy *
c) Teacher Resources for Students with Special Needs**
d) Academic Council Committees
e) Academic Council: Bylaw 3

4.Reports & Announcements

5.New Business

6.Varia

  1. Adjournment

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 *3. b)That Association Council recommend that the General Assembly ask departments to include the following points in the feedback that they send to the College regarding the proposed Program Management Policy and Procedures:

  • Program committees are made up of teachers in the disciplines. Others may be invited when the program committee deems it necessary (article 4-1.02 a) of the Collective Agreement).
  • It is up to program committees and the General Education Committee, in collaboration with the departments that they represent, to make any recommendations that they deem necessary (article 4-1.02 b) of the Collective Agreement).
  • The word “leads” in the proposed policy should be replaced with “coordinates” to better reflect the Collective Agreement’s description of a coordinator as a peer and not a boss (article 4-1.02 d) of Collective Agreement).
  • The approval of program-wide changes to pedagogical approaches should be removed from the roles and responsibilities of program committees since this is a departmental function (article 4-1.05, 2.13 of the Collective Agreement).
  • It should be left up to program committees, in collaboration with their departments or disciplines, to decide when to meet so as to allow for timely consultation with departments (article 4-1.02 b) of the Collective Agreement).
  • As the proposed annual revision cycle seems unrealistic, it should be left to program committees, in collaboration with their departments or disciplines, to determine the length of the revision cycle (article 4-1.02 b) of the Collective Agreement).
  • Program committees should be able to decide upon their own criteria for evaluation rather than the proposed CEEC criteria (article 4-1.02 b) of the Collective Agreement).
  • Departmental resources should not be cut if extra resources are needed for programs.

 

 

**3. c)

Whereas every department should have some resources to help students with special needs;

 

That Association Council recommends to the General Assembly that the General Assembly demand that the College set aside S024 resources so that no department is left without resources for teachers to help students with special needs.

General Assembly Agenda

March 27, 2017
F216 Supper 5:30
GA 6:30

REVISED AGENDA

1.Approval of Agenda

2.Approval of Minutes Jan. 31, 2017

3.Business Arising
a)Cont Ed Resources for Full-Time Contracts
b)Teacher Resources for Students with Special Needs
c)VCTA Release Time
d)Colour Consultation

4.Reports & Announcements:
a)Program Management Policy
b)VCTA Elections

5.New Business
a)Academic Council: Bylaw 3
b)Academic Council Committees

6.Varia

7.Adjournment

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General Assembly Agenda

 GENERAL ASSEMBLY

January 31st 2017, 6:30pm – 8:30pm
Boardroom F216

AGENDA
1. Approval of Agenda
2.    Approval of Minutes – Sept 14th 2016 and Dec 14th 2016.
3.    Business Arising:
a) Amendment to VCTA by-laws
b) VCTA Executive release time
c) Resources for teachers with special needs students
d)Program Management Policy

4.    Reports & Announcements:
a) Teachers on college committees
b) Colour palette consultation

5.    New Business:
a) Fitness Center
b) Cont Ed resources for full-time contracts

6. Varia
a) Estates General on education
b) CSN Congrès
c) Insurance after retirement

7. Adjournment

Recommendations from Association Council for General Assembly:

3. a) Amendment to VCTA Bylaws
Whereas in the process of Academic Sector Restructuring in winter, 2016, the College changed the structures and names of the faculties,
That the VCTA Bylaws be amended to reflect the changes that were made to the structures and names of faculties in 2016; the Faculty of Arts, Business, and Social Sciences, the Faculty of General Education, and the Faculty of Science and Technology replace the Faculty of Careers and Technical Programs, the Faculty of Social Science, Commerce, Arts and Letters, and the Faculty of Science and General Studies.

3. c)  Teacher Resources for students with special needs
That the General Assembly advise departments to pass the General Assembly motion of December 14, 2016*, send it to the Academic Dean and not approve any “accessibility” project proposals (previously referred to as “students with special needs”) until further notice.

*  Whereas there are no clearly defined goals for projects regarding students with special needs(204);
Whereas the College lacks a policy on Students with Special Needs:
Whereas there is a problem with the definition of special needs categories;
That the General Assembly demand that the College suspend any further allocation of the funds
beyond winter 2017 and revisit the use of these funds ONLY after clear consultation with teachers.

5. a) Fitness Center Fees:

Whereas our employer should provide employees with access to fitness facilities;
Whereas it is a fundamental benefit to the College that teachers be able to access fitness facilities in the workplace;
Whereas such facilities are available in the form of the Sports Complex;
Whereas the GA has previously moved that the employer continue to provide access to the Sports Complex to teachers free of charge;
Whereas the VCTA has filed a grievance to contest the $35 fee per semester charge;
That the GA reject the proposal of the Fitness Room Users Committee 2016-2017 to have the VCTA pay for teachers to use the Sports Complex.