Press Release - Keeping Education Public in the face of austerity

PRESS RELEASE

OTTAWA – uOttawa: Keeping Education Public in the face of austerity
#KEPWeek2017
#SemainePEP2017
#cardsagainstUO
#cartescontreUO
 
 
March 6, 2017
 
 
For immediate release
 
Seven associations representing students, faculty and staff at the University of Ottawa come together for Keeping Education Public week to raise awareness around major issues facing Canadian universities today.
 
From March 6-10th, 2017, several events will be taking place with a common thread drawing back to the austerity budgeting measures that have been implemented at the University of Ottawa and which are reflective of the current context of postsecondary education across North America.
 
This takes place following threats of massive budget cuts of 4 to 8% at the University of Ottawa, including $2 million in cuts to library acquisitions which were narrowly avoided, and a freeze on university support staff, all of which undermine the quality of education for students, and the working conditions of faculty and staff throughout the university.
 
Monday March 6th the Association of Professors of the University of Ottawa will be hosting a roundtable discussion on the commercialization of academic publishing. As an increasing number of academic societies sign publishing agreements with the “Big 5”, these large multinational publishing houses drive industry trends that increase the cost of research and access to publishing, which adversely affects libraries that struggle to maintain their collections due to government defunding and austerity budgeting practices.
 
Wednesday March 8th, in conjunction with International Women’s Day (IWD), the campus associations will be hosting a game of Cards Against University at Café Nostalgica from 2-4pm. The game features content specific to the university community and uOttawa in particular, with a gendered focus on some of the card content for IWD. Food will be served.
 
Thursday March 9th at 11:30AM the Association of Part-Time Professors of the University of Ottawa (APTPUO) will be screening Starving the Beast, to be shown at Desmarais Hall, room 12102 (55, Laurier street). The documentary examines the last 35 years of systemic defunding of universities and market-driven reform that has been commonplace in the United States, and which parallels with ideologies around higher education in Canada. Pizza and beverages will be serve.  
 
These events are supported by APUO, GSAÉD, CUPE 2626, APTPUO, SFUO, SSUO, SEIU local 2.
 
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For more information please contact Aditya Rao, Liaison Officer CUPE 2626 [email protected] or (780) 238-2422.

General Membership Meeting: 4 December 2015

Annual General Membership Meeting
Friday, December 4, 2015 at 6:00 p.m.

FSS 4007
Faculty of Social Sciences Building
120 University Private, 4th floor

Dinner will be available.

SIMULTANEOUS TRANSLATION PROVIDED

Get to know other Part-Time Professors, hear the year-end reports, and vote on important issues including elections of the 2016 Board of Directors and Bargaining Committee.

AGENDA

  1. Introduction
  2. Adoption of the agenda
  3. Adoption of minutes
  4. Report of the President
  5. Report of the Bargaining Committee
  6. Annual Budget and Audit
  7. Elections:
    1. Board of Directors
    2. Bargaining Committee
  8. Constitutional Amendments
  9. Adjournment

DOCUMENTS

The documents for the 4 December 2015 General Membership Meeting are now available.

You can find them via the Association's website by clicking here.

You will find the following documents:

  • Agenda
  • Officers sitting on the Board of Directors and on the Bargaining Committee
  • Reports of the President and of the Bargaining Committee
  • Changes to the Constitution and the By-Laws as recommended by the Governance Committee and the Union Council
  • Proposal of constitutional amendment submitted by members.The financial documents and the nomination form will only be available in hard copy at the general meeting.

Distributed documents

Copies of these documents will be distributed to members attending the meeting.

The financial documents and the nomination form will only be available in hard copies at the meeting.

REMINDER

You are a member of the APTPUO while you are teaching as a part-time professor and for two years after the end of your last contract.

Part-time professors teaching only in the Faculty Law are not members of the APTPUO.

Hiring Report & Collective Agreement

 

Publication of the Spring/Summer 2015 Hiring Report


The University has published the Spring/Summer 2015 Hiring Report. It is available here.
 
If you applied unsuccessfully for a course, you can review the report and the successful candidates' category and seniority points. If you believe that the hiring process was not respected, you can contact the Association by replying to this email or by visiting the Contact Us page.
 
You have until the end of June 2015 to file a complaint.
 

2013-2016 Collective Agreement


The 2013-2016 Collective Agreement, signed and translated, is now available. Please visit the Human Resources website to view the Agreement.

If you have any questions, get in touch with the Association and we will be happy to assist.
 

APTPUO Governance Committee - We want your feedback!


At the 2014 APTPUO General Assembly, the members voted to strike a Governance Committee. This committee would be responsible for the review of the APTPUO’s Constitution and By-Laws. Since the GA, the Governance Committee has made many positive changes. Before it is proposed at the 2015 General Assembly, we are asking members to provide feedback and comments.

The changes to the Constitution and By-Laws are available here.

To propose feedback and comments, please contact the office of the Association by replying to this email or by visiting the Contact Us page.

End of Semester Social - April 23 at 5:00pm

The Association invites Part-Time Professors to an informal end of semester social!
The event will take place on Thursday, April 23 at Café Nostalgica from 5:00pm to 7:00pm. We will be providing a fixed burrito dinner and good company.
Café Nostalgica is located on 603 Cumberland Street in Ottawa.
 
Space is limited, so please RSVP your attendance by contacting us before Tuesday, April 21.
 
Looking forward to seeing you there!

Resume Workshop & Additional Compensation

Second APTPUO Workshop on Resume Writing


On Wednesday, April 8 the APTPUO is organizing a second workshop on how to write strong resumes. Members are invited to learn about what the University looks for in a resume when hiring part-time professors.
We encourage you to bring your resume and examples of job postings that you would like to apply for since this workshop has the goal of ensuring that these skills can be put into practice.
 
Facilitator: Pascal Sergent, APTPUO Francophone Grievance Officer
 
Wednesday, April 8 at 5:45pm in the Faculty of Social Sciences building (120 University Private), room 4004
 
Bilingual workshop.

 

Additional Compensation - Accommodations and supplemental examinations


The Association and the Employer are in ongoing discussions and negotiations in relation to compensation for accommodation requests and supplementary examinations. The Association's position is that when an APTPUO professor has to create an additional exam for students who missed the regular exam (including mid-term exams) they have the right to be compensated $150 as per Article 5.2.2.1 in the Collective Agreement. When the Student Access Service Center requests that an APTPUO professor provides exam-related accommodations for any student in a course, the Association's position is that this additional work shall be compensated $200 per course upon request as per Article 5.2.2.2.c in the Collective Agreement.
 
Do not forget to file a request with your unit or department as soon as possible to be compensated for any additional work for accommodations. Be sure to 'cc the Association so  that your request for compensation can be included in future settlements with the employer.  
 

Mandatory Online Trainings


At the end of February, members teaching a course this term received an email notification from the Employer regarding mandatory online trainings. The APTPUO has reached an agreement with the Employer that all members who complete all of the mandatory online trainings shall receive $200.00 in recognition of this additional work. The amount will be deposited directly in your bank account within 45 days after the end of the semester during which you completed the training. The training is completed once the tests associated with each of the modules is completed and passed by the professor.
 
Be sure to complete all six trainings, including the Supervisor Health and Safety Awareness Module. The Supervisor training is mandatory because professors supervise students and staff.
 
For more information, please contact the office of the Association or visit the training website.

Those who have already completed all of the training modules will be compensated.
 

Academica Group & HEQCO Ontario Contract/Non-full-time Faculty Survey


This survey is being funded by the Higher Education Quality Council of Ontario (HEQCO) to provide information about the Ontario contract/non-full-time faculty population. If you have taught in a contract/non-full-time capacity in Ontario in the past year (May 2014 to April 2015), then we’d like to hear from you. Your views and experiences are important to us and we hope you will share them in this online survey.

Click here to fill out the survey.