The first Faculty Association meeting of this new academic year will be held in LB 322 from 11:40 a.m. to 12:50 p.m. on Tues, Sept 16, 2014. Highlights of the meeting include a negotiations update from the chief negotiator, nominations and election for the dean of business search committee, and CFA committee elections. To view the full agenda, check your Sept 9 email from Brent Calvert, or log onto the faculty-only part of the website (right side of this page) and click the "meeting minutes and agendas" link.
Please note that the Basics of Bargaining workshop, previously scheduled for 9 a.m., will now begin at 10 a.m.
The CFA's chief negotiator, Ed Lavalle, will introduce vital information about the process of collective bargaining, beginning at 10 a.m. on Wed, Aug 27, 2014, in LB 322. Lunch will be provided for faculty who have RSVP'd to firstname.lastname@example.org.
This item was posted on Frontlines Aug 13, 2014:
The first group of surplus power shop equipment from the Studio Art building will be auctioned off through Joiner Sales Corp on August 21, 2014. Our items will be part of the Basector Tinsmith auction and include: 2 Canox Migmatic 200 welders, Canox Sparkler portable welder, 2 General table saws, 2 Rockwell band saws, jig saw, circular saw, palm sander, combination sander, angle grinder, pedestal grinder, drill, and heat gun.
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CFA Negotiations Committee invites you to:
The Basics of Bargaining: a one-day workshop introducing vital information and knowledge about the process of collective bargaining.
- With special emphasis on the renewal of the Capilano University–CFA agreement.
- For those considering becoming active in negotiations or wanting to be more effective in the stewards role in building support for the negotiations process.
A great opportunity to acquire knowledge and skills -- as well as share your views and experience.
LB 322 -- from 9 – 4 on Wednesday, August 27, 2014. (Editor's Note Aug 21-2014: New start time 10 a.m.)
Collective agreement: Before July 2, if you have concerns about the collective agreement, contact the CFA's chief steward, John Wilson, email@example.com, mobile 604-725-9397, local 1760. After July 2, contact CFA's president, Joanne Quirk, firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com, local 5922.
Parking stickers: Toward the middle of August, the parking committee will be sending a notice regarding special-permit-parking stickers for the fall term. Meanwhile, if you need a sticker for the summer, contact the committee: firstname.lastname@example.org. More information can be found here.
CFA Award: Each term, the CFA offers partial standard-tuition reimbursement for dependents of regular faculty members. Retired faculty members are also partially reimbursed for continuing education courses. The deadline for applications is August 1, 2014. To access the forms use this link.
Stewards' SWCC meeting: There will be a special all-day stewards meeting on Wed, Aug 27, 2014. Watch for an update in your mailbox.
Some items that may be of interest to you at Tuesday's board meeting include next year's budget, the program discontinuance policy and the academic plan. Decisions made at this meeting will have a very large impact on the future of Capilano University. Present yourself and your views at the meeting on June 10, 2014, at 6:30 p.m. in LB322. You can also express your views in writing by emailing the board of governors in care of Leah Arthur, the president's office, email@example.com; and please copy firstname.lastname@example.org, if you want to keep your faculty association in the loop.
Message from Jim Turk, president, Canadian Association of University Teachers (CAUT)--
In yesterday’s Globe and Mail, University of Alberta President Indira Samarasekera continued the assault on the concept of academic freedom initiated by the Association of Universities and Colleges of Canada (AUCC) in 2011. [See her article “When universities make choices, deans must fall in line.”] ...Read more
On May 1, 2014, a motion for a vote of non-confidence in the Capilano University president from the floor of the faculty association's annual general meeting was passed unanimously. This motion did not emerge out of a vacuum. The results of a two-part climate survey to assess faculty satisfaction with the work environment at Capilano University indicate a staggering loss of confidence in administration since the last climate survey in 2008. Results from the study show significant dissatisfaction with upper levels of administration. To the statement “Decisions by top levels of administration are collegial,” 84 per cent disagreed or strongly disagreed. To the statement “The President’s leadership is inspiring and visionary,” 80 per cent disagreed or strongly disagreed while only 6 per cent agreed. Only 8 per cent agreed the president provides effective leadership. Capilano University’s board needs to act in the best interest of the university and restore confidence in the functioning of the institution. If the highest levels of the current administration cannot restore trust and confidence in collegial processes with the faculty, staff, and students, it must be replaced.
Sandra Seekins is an elected member of senate and teaches art history at Capilano. In response to an email message from Jane Shackell, board of governors chair, Sandra sent this letter to all members of the board stressing the flaws in Jane Shackell's rationale for confiscating George Rammell's sculpture.
George Rammell's sculpture, Blathering on in Krisendom, which has been described as an effigy, a caricature, a ventriloquist's dummy, and a harasser, has drawn a lot of attention to the woes at Cap. Read the latest article and comments in today's Globe & Mail.