DCFA Update

DCFA Update aims to engage and inform DCFA members with updates, information, and direction on topics related to DCFA membership at Douglas College.


Updates – September 21, 2022

Item 1 –  DCFA Union Card Drive
Item 2 – Provincial Labour News: 1) SFU – Living Wage & 2) BCGEU
Item 3 – Douglas College Board of Governors Meetings
Item 4 – DCFA Member Questions

1. DCFA Union Card Drive

In Fall 2022, the DCFA is headed to the bargaining table to negotiate a new contract with the employer. One way we attain leverage in bargaining is through organizing our members. As part of a larger organizing strategy, we are launching a union card drive for our members. This drive has two goals: first, to raise awareness and visibility of the bargaining process; and second, to collect non-Douglas College email and phone contacts.

Members will soon receive an invitation from the DCFA to enter their information via Simple Survey. The DCFA will collect two pieces of information for the card: your name and your department or title. At the conclusion of the form, you may upload a portrait for the card. The following information will be collected for DCFA business in order to communicate with members, but will not be included on the card: a non-Douglas College email address, a non-Douglas College phone number, and your non-teaching semester (if applicable).

Information about your non-teaching semester will be especially helpful for organizing members for open bargaining. The DCFA will be pursuing open bargaining, which means that any faculty member may attend scheduled negotiation meetings as an observer. More information on open bargaining is available in the Fall 2022 edition of Faculty Matters. We will inform you about how to participate when new practical information on dates and times becomes available.

The DCFA will send the union card and lanyard to your home department once the card is printed.

2. Provincial Labour News: 1) SFU – Living Wage & 2) BCGEU

The following articles provide insight into provincial labour news:

  • July 19, 2022 – Simon Fraser University website – SFU announces move to become living wage employer – a first for a Canadian public university:

https://www.sfu.ca/sfunews/stories/2022/07/sfu-announces-move-to-become-living-wage-employer.html

  • September 7, 2022 – BCGEU reaches tentative agreement with Victoria on an up-to-14-per-cent wage hike:

https://vancouversun.com/news/local-news/bcgeu-reaches-tentative-agreement

3. Douglas College Board of Governors Meeting

Any faculty who are interested in attending the Open Session of the College Board meeting. There are generally ~10 observer seats available at each meeting. No notice is required, but all observers are required to sign-in. Observers are reminded to arrive 5-10 minutes before meeting commencement. The next meeting is scheduled to take place on Thursday, September 21, 2023 at 5:00 pm. Moving forward all meetings will be conducted in person. Additionally, the 2022/2023 Meetings schedule is listed below.

Source: https://www.douglascollege.ca/sites/default/files/docs/college-board/DC%20Board%202022-23%20Meeting%20Schedule%20FINAL.pdf

4. DCFA Member Questions

Callout to all DCFA Members

If you have any general questions relating to DCFA membership at Douglas College, or you have topic suggestions for future DCFA Update editions, please submit such information below. To protect the privacy of all submitters, anonymity will be maintained. Please note that if you have any specific questions that you require response to, you will need to provide an email address. Feedback link.

If you have specific questions that you are seeking a response to, please leave your contact information.


Updates – September 14, 2022

Item 1 – DCFA General Meeting Information and Schedule
Item 2 – DCFA Office Move Postponement
Item 3 – Faculty Matters – Call for Submissions Fall 2022
Item 4 – DCFA Member Questions

1. DCFA General Meeting Information and Schedule

During the 2022/2023 Academic Year, the DCFA will conduct meetings in face-to-face, online, and/or hybrid format. The September, October and November meetings will be conducted in a hybrid format. Because of limited capacity, the DCFA will send an event invite and request that faculty RSVP. Logistics, technology, accessibility and member preference will dictate the chosen mode for future meetings. As the DCFA commences bargaining, members are reminded about the importance of remaining engaged. Attending General Meetings is a great way to do so. As before, time sensitive updates will be provided via the DCFA Update and/or direct email from DCFA Table Officers.

The following is the 2022/2023 Academic Calendar Year DCFA General Meeting Schedule:

Source: https://dcfa.ca/member-resources/

2. DCFA Office Move Postponed

Several months ago, the employer informed the DCFA that we will need to vacate the current New Westminster office (N2320) over the summer. The employer advised the DCFA that this move will be postponed.

3. Faculty Matters – Call for Submissions Fall 2022

Call for Submissions – Fall 2022 Edition

CALLING ALL RESEARCHERS, WRITERS, AND SUBJECT MATTER EXPERTS

The Faculty Matters Editorial Team cordially invites you to contribute an article to an upcoming edition of the publication. The mandate of Faculty Matters is to provide insightful, honest, intelligent, and well-informed commentary on the academic and societal events and issues that impact Douglas College faculty. The past two years have provided many commentary-worthy events, so we encourage you to provide your expert evaluation and editorial. If writing an article is of interest to you, please contact the FM Editorial Team via the DCFA Update Feedback box (at the bottom of this update). Past editions of Faculty Matters are electronically available via the following weblink – https://www.dcfa.ca/faculty-matters/

Deadline for article submissions is September 16th.

Timing of Publish Change

In response to member suggestions, the DCFA will publish the ‘Faculty Matters’ magazine at the start of each semester (or in around Week 4 or 5), rather than at the end of the semester.

Past Editions

Winston Churchill once said that “those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it.” Some of the challenges, difficulties and opportunities encountered by past Douglas College faculty may repeat themselves. Fortunately, over the years benevolent, talented, devoted and hardworking Douglas College faculty confronted, analyzed and narrated current and critical events that were of importance to faculty at the time. This work can be accessed in the Faculty Matters Past Editions Archives:

1) Digital Archive @ https://dcfa.ca/faculty-matters/

2) Print Archive @ New Westminster Main Campus Room North 2320 – NEW: Information Board

On display at present are the following ‘Past Editions’ organized by Date / Article Title / Author / Topic Summary:

4. DCFA Member Questions

Callout to all DCFA Members

If you have any general questions relating to DCFA membership at Douglas College, or you have topic suggestions for future DCFA Update editions, please submit such information below. To protect the privacy of all submitters, anonymity will be maintained. Please note that if you have any specific questions that you require response to, you will need to provide an email address. Feedback link.

If you have specific questions that you are seeking a response to, please leave your contact information.

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