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Getting to Know Your Collective Agreement
Cautions and Caveats About Taking Leaves Part II: Unpaid Leaves & Benefit Coverage
What’s the difference between an NR1 and an NR2 appointment?
By Mark Diotte If you decide to take an unpaid leave of absence, you should know a few things beforehand. One of the most important of these is your ...read more
PD/Vacation Facts for Faculty Members Teaching in Three Semesters
By Romy Kozak, Past KFA Member-at-Large NR2 appointments are generally preferable to NR1 appointments in employment terms: they guarantee at least 50% annualized workload and include vacation, PD time, and ...read more
What Can We Grieve?
by Diane Walsh, KFA Vice President, Grievances Scheduling vacation and PD time can be a challenge for those who teach in all three semesters, and even knowing what the parameters ...read more
Election Season at KPU
By Diane Walsh, Vice-President, Grievances The KFA is charged with the responsibility, as representatives of the membership, to defend our working conditions. Filing and pursuing grievances is an important part ...read more
This impacts us all: the mysteries of work assignment, de-mystified
By Panteli Tritchew, Member-At-Large ELECTION SEASON AT KPU Spring is in the air, and it’s election season at Kwantlen Polytechnic University! While our elections may lack the drama of Sanders ...read more
Moving from Non-Regular to Regular Status: Routes to Regularization
By Diane Walsh, VP-Grievances The assignment of work, especially for non-regular faculty members, can seem like a great mystery, and it is a somewhat complex business. Work assignments are one ...read more
Vacation and Accountable Time
By Diane Walsh, VP Grievances The one question KFA non-regular members ask most often is: “How do I become a regular faculty member?” It’s easy to understand why a member ...read more
By Diane Walsh, Member-At-Large Vacation and accountable time are topics that always seem to generate a lot of questions from faculty members: what are the differences between vacation days and ...read more
By Diane Walsh, Member-At-Large Two of the purposes of the KFA, according to our Constitution, are to “Protect the welfare, professional interests, and working conditions of its members,” and to ...read more
KFActs: Getting to Know Your New Collective Agreement: 2019-2022
What If I Get Sick? Sick Leave, and Short-term and Long-term Disability Leaves
By Rachelle Hollaway, Member-At-Large The KFA-KPU 2019-2022 Collective Agreement was ratified by the membership on July 10, 2020. The following is a summary of important changes relevant to KFA members. ...read more
By Diane Walsh, Member-At-Large Sick leave and disability leave provisions in the Collective Agreement help protect KFA members’ rights and serve to ensure people are treated fairly throughout their employment, ...read more
KFActs FAQ: When Should I ask for KFA Representation?
KFActs: The KFA, Research, & Scholarly Activity. Part II: Protections & Other Provisions
By Mark Diotte It happens. All of us, from time to time, are called into our Dean or Supervisor’s Office. Sometimes, the subject of discussion is something positive—an opportunity that ...read more
KFActs: The KFA, Research, & Scholarly Activity. Part I: Funding
By Mark Diotte Aside from the Collective Agreement provisions on funding sources for research and scholarly activity discussed in Part I, the KFA has negotiated or advocated for provisions to ...read more
By Mark Diotte One of the questions often brought to the Kwantlen Faculty Association office is, “What is the KFA position on research and scholarly activity?” The response is clear: ...read more
Who Can Access Your Email? Custody and Control of Faculty Records
By Mark Diotte A significant portion of all faculty communication takes place through email, and using email to reach out to students, to transfer files, to set up meetings, ...read more
Cutting ESL at Kwantlen: A Decision that is Both Wrong and Wrong-Headed
Cautions and Caveats About Taking Leaves: Part 1
By Diane Walsh, Member-At-Large “The essence of what we argue for as educators, what we care for as a humanity, would be deemed insignificant if we ignore all of our ...read more
By Panteli Tritchew, Member-At-Large “Relax, said the night man, We are programmed to receive. You can check-out any time you like, But you can never leave.” KPU isn’t the ...read more