Vote on ratification of collective agreement - Mon Squamish and Sechelt, Tues North Van

If you are a Cap faculty member, you are part of the bargaining unit and your vote is needed to ratify the latest collective agreement. (For details of what happened in mediation, check your email for bargaining bulletins.) Polling stations will be available in Squamish, Sechelt, and North Vancouver in accordance with the following schedule:  

CFA meeting block time Feb 11 given to internal budget discussions

Faculty members of the Senate Budget Advisory Committee (SBAC) asked the CFA executive to allow departments, divisions and Faculties to meet on their own during the CFA meeting block time on Tues, Feb 11, 2014, to discuss the five per cent cuts as directed by President Bulcroft. The CFA agreed. And, at the last  GM, CFA President Joanne Quirk asked members to copy the CFA and the SBAC on any budget-related communications and plans forthcoming from their areas.

The next CFA meeting will be a General Meeting on Tues, Feb 18, 2014.

CFA climate survey results

Dr. Janet Waters and the CFA Climate Survey Committee recently conducted a two-phase survey to “take the temperature” of employee levels of job satisfaction, morale, and organizational commitment. This is the first faculty climate survey at Capilano University since the 2008 Mercer survey. Yet surveys like this one and the 2008 Mercer survey help to ensure organizations are achieving institutional goals such as increasing job satisfaction and commitment, ensuring adequate work/life

Looming cuts to English language training programs hurt BC students

[by Cindy Oliver, FPSE President; reprinted]

On Dec 16, 2013, FPSE and the B.C. division of the Canadian Federation of Students (CFS) held a press conference at the Vancouver Community College’s downtown Vancouver campus to announce plans to launch a province-wide campaign to pressure the federal and provincial governments to protect the funding arrangement that sees close to $20 million in federal funding flow through B.C.’s Ministry of Advanced Education to support a range of ELT programs in BC institutions.

Walk or run - Sun Run registration free for faculty

To help promote fitness and camaraderie amongst Capilano's faculty members, the CFA is once again entering a corporate team in the Vancouver 10-km Sun Run. All faculty members are encouraged to sign up and walk, jog, or run to the finish line on Sunday, April 27, 2014. You may participate alone, with a colleague or with family and friends, but we'd like you to show up for the group photo at the start line. Family and friends are also welcome to appear in the photo!

Changes to CFA website

Many parts of the Faculty Association's website recently moved into a faculty-only area.

If you are a Cap faculty member and wish to access forum discussions, meeting minutes, and bargaining updates, for example, you must create a CFA website account, which is separate from the University's server accounts. Do this by clicking "Create new account" on the right side of this page, then follow instructions.

If you have already created an account, you can simply log in in with your user name and password.

President Bulcroft’s office shirks responsibility

A message from the CFA executive and bargaining teams re Frontlines post from President Bulcroft:

The end of the University’s fiscal year is approaching. There will be a deficit. This is neither new nor unexpected, yet the University has used all its resources, connections, and so forth to create a climate that accepts this without challenge. What has not been forthcoming from President Bulcroft and her

Attack on science & technology - watch 5th Estate Fri 9 p.m.

[This item received from Canadian Association of University Teachers (CAUT)]
The CBC’s Fifth Estate has been working for more than one year on his documentary on the attack on science and knowledge creation in Canada.  It airs tonight at 9 p.m. in all time zones and is titled “Silence of the Labs.”  The trailer for the program can be seen at http://www.cbc.ca/fifth/episodes/2013-2014/the-silence-of-the-labs. 

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