27 April, 2020

Hello Local 237Members

 On Tuesday, March 17, 2020 Premier Doug Ford declared an emergency, activating significant changes to our lives at work and at home. As expected Local 237 members rose to the challenge and began teaching or counselling and supporting students, remotely. It required putting all our efforts into getting to the end of the winter semester. And now that we are here, faculty are reporting that physically, mentally and emotionally they are drained.

Some of you are looking forward to vacations that will be earlier than you anticipated and your current focus is on booking your PD days and your vacation days which many have been advised by their Chair/supervisor must be completed in most cases, before Monday August 10, 2020. In the coming week or two you will also be discussing your fall SWF without knowing if the delivery of courses will be on line or in person or a combination of both. Other faculty are gearing up to teach either a half of a semester or a whole semester, remotely. Faculty teaching in the spring are now being issued revised SWFs to reflect the new dates and the addition of a 5 hour allowance under Complimentary Functions” for COVID-19 student support.

Our Union team advocated for more time on the SWF for curriculum development, preparation and student support. This was based on Article 11.01 G2 on pages 15-16 in the Collective Agreement which states:

Where there are atypical circumstances affecting the workload of a teacher or group of teachers which are not adequately reflected in this Article 11, Workload additional hours shall be attributed, following discussion between each teacher individually and the supervisor, on an hour for hour basis.”

Clearly the current situation is atypical and the Union team has advocated on your behalf.  At the end of the winter semester, faculty have shouldered the workload without any discussion about it. But now that faculty are aware of the demanding workload in delivering online they need to discuss it with their Chair and request “additional hours.” Please refer to the attached Framework for Workload Discussions released on April 27, 2020 document for a framework for your discussion with your Chair. If you have any questions about your upcoming SWF discussion, please contact your Stewart or me.

Attachment:

Framework for Workload Discussions released on April 27, 2020

The Union recommendation is that faculty require the following additions to their SWF:

1.   On the SWF under Preparation there is a column labelled "Additional Attrib. Hours" This column always has a "0" in it. For the spring and fall, if courses are not being delivered in the classroom, then you will need more time for preparation of online delivery. This is why the column should not have a "0". The best way to identify how much time you will need is to think of the course as "NEW", which uses a "Factor" of 1.1. It would not make sense to give a "NEW" to all courses, particularly when you might actually have a "NEW" course that now has to be changed to online delivery.  In the table below, please see how to apply additional preparation time on the SWF:


Course

Assigned Teaching Contact Hours 11.01 B, C

Language of Instruction

11.01 D

Type

11.01 D

Factor

11.01 D

Attributed Hours

11.01 D

Additional

Attrib. Hours

X

3

E

5-EB

0.6

1.8

2

Y

3

E

1-NW

1.1

3.3

3.3

Z

4

E

5-EB

0.6

2.4

2

A

4

E

1-NW

1.1

4.4

4.4

 

As you can see, for an established course (5-EB) if you use the formula of the “NEW” hours for a course but subtract the “Attributed Hours” you will be closer to the amount of extra time you need per week for the first time the course is on your SWF. If you have multiple sections of the same course, the additional time would not be applied.

If you have a NEW (1-NW) then you need twice as much time because it is your first time delivering it and now it must be online.

2.    The second area to consider is under “Evaluation”. If you currently have evaluations in class where you assign the grade during the teaching hour it would be considered “IP” as per Article 11.01 E1 on page 14. However, now that you are online all of your assessments are likely to be “Essay or project “(Article 11.01 E1). This means that the type and factor under "Evaluation" will have to change.

3.    The third area to consider is under "Complementary functions for academic year or SWF period." This is where you would add items such as:

a.    Curriculum development for Course Y and E

b.    Curriculum Development for online rubric and assessment for Course X and Z

c.    COVID-19 Student Support

Under complimentary functions you and your supervisor should discuss the amount of time you need for your courses and your students. For example if you have only one course with 30 students the allowance for COVID-19 may seem generous, but if you have 4 different course with 30 students in each course for a total of 120 students 5 hours of student support may be insufficient and you will need 10 hours or 12 hours. As you can see the complimentary functions are very individualized.

After the discussion and adjustment of hours, if you are in agreement with the time assigned on your SWF then you will check off “Mutual agreement of assigned workload.”  However, if the workload does not reflect all the details of your workload then you will check off “Proposed workload refer to college workload monitoring group.”

Stay Strong,

Lana-Lee Hardacre

OPSEU Local 237 President ( lhardacre237@ gmail.com )