7.06 Preparation Time for New Employees
We can all remember how difficult it was for us during that very first term of teaching as a brand new new faculty member at the college. There’s so much to learn! Where are your classrooms going to be, where should you park, what equipment will you need, and where is your workstation? You meet dozens of new folx, you get access to a bunch of new accounts, and are expected to complete a bunch of required HR modules, ON TOP of preparing to teach. That’s why your Negotiating Committee bargained long and hard for changes to the language of our Collective Agreement!
It doesn’t matter if you are a brand new continuing instructor or if you are preparing to teach your first course at the college on a term contract (of at least 4 months), if you have never taught at Camosun before, you are entitled to two weeks of paid prep time. It totally sucks if you didn’t get two weeks of prep time when you were first hired – and the Union would argue that EVERYONE should have! But, too often the College used the language in our old collective agreement to justify not paying for those two weeks, whenever it was possible.
In the flurry of last minute hiring and issuing of new contracts for Winter, we hope that you’ll help make sure that all our new members get their right! Chairs can also help by including the two prep weeks when they request new contracts. At the beginning of the semester, please check in with your new team members and ask if they got paid for the full two weeks of prep time. If they didn’t, let them know to contact the Union. We can’t reverse the clock, but we can make sure that the college pays them properly!
It’s going to be a while until we have print and digital copies of the 2022-2025 Collective Agreement. Until then, you can read all of the substantial changes that were made to it in our Memorandum of Settlement.
2022-2025 Memorandum of Settlement
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