Communication to KFA Members
To All KFA Members,
As we collectively adapt to the unprecedented situation at hand, we wanted to send you a brief update of the KFA’s continued efforts on your behalf. Our on-campus office is now closed, but as you well know, the work carries on.
First, we have drafted and are in the process of negotiating a Memorandum of Understanding with the Employer to provide clarity on some of the most immediate issues before us, and to reaffirm some key principles even as uncertainty persists. While it is not possible to offer details yet, please be assured that we are working diligently to ensure that the incredible work you have been doing is recognized, and your rights as faculty members are protected. We hope to provide you with a more complete update soon.
Second, we are continuing to respond as promptly and thoroughly as possible to a broad range of pressing, salient questions from faculty in all areas—questions that reflect not only your own experiences of disruption but also your dedication to offering your students the best information available. We appreciate you taking the time to share your concerns, and we encourage you to continue touching base with us, either via the KFA website or by emailing your Executive Representatives directly. Although definite answers are in some cases not yet available, we are committed to bringing your voices into our ongoing discussions with senior KPU leadership and enabling your perspectives to be heard.
Finally, even in the midst of upheaval, we are making plans to ensure some of our vital processes go ahead as usual: in particular, our regular spring election cycle, for which nominations start on April 8th; and the Annual General Meeting, which will still take place on April 30th but in an online format. More particulars about both of these items will be sent out in the next few weeks.
To conclude, we would like to express our immense gratitude and admiration (not amazement, since we are in no way surprised) for your willingness to adapt so ably and rapidly to these adverse circumstances, and thereby to persist in providing your students with the best educational experience possible. It is often noted that our working conditions are students’ learning conditions. Our efforts to uphold the former are inspired and enabled by your outstanding labour to maintain the latter. If our success is at all proportionate to yours, we will come through these difficult times stronger than ever.
Thank you, and stay well.
In solidarity and good health,
Bob Davis, Diane Walsh, Raphael Lagoutin, Mark Diotte, Romy Kozak, and Betty Cunnin