27 April, 2020

Hello Partial-Load Members

On Tuesday March 17, 2020, Premier Doug Ford declared emergency measures which resulted in significant changes to our lives at work and at home. As expected, Local 237 members rose to the challenge and began teaching and supporting students remotely.

This required putting all our efforts into getting to the end of the winter semester. And now that we are here, faculty are reporting that they are drained; physically, mentally, and emotionally.

Additional stressors for partial-load members have been concerns about having no teaching assignment, or part-time assignment, which in both cases results in the loss of benefits.

The Union has discussed your concerns with the College, and the College agreed that, where possible, they will offer a partial-load assignment.

However, you will need to contact your Chair to indicate your interest in maintaining your partial load status.

Offering a partial-load status may not be for 12 hours, even if this is your usual assignment in the past.  Twelve hours of teaching is not a guarantee in the Collective Agreement. However, if a section is available, the Chair will assign it to you to move you from being part-time to partial-load. In this case, it may be 7 or more hours, only.  The challenge for the College is that enrolment for both domestic and international students is lower than expected in the coming semester, and this may reduce the number of sections.

 This week, the most frequent Partial-Load questions asked have been:

If I am not Partial-Load for one semester, will it affect my seniority?

The answer is no, it does not affect your seniority because the seniority remains the same, even when you are not teaching a Partial-Load assignment. Seniority is based on the total of all your months of experience as a Partial-Load faculty.  The only difference is that you are not adding any additional months to the seniority.  Please refer to Articles 26.10 B and 26.10 C on page 58 in the Collective Agreement.

If I am not Partial-Load for one semester, will it affect the Partial-Load Registry?

The answer is no, it does not affect the Partial-Load Registry.  When you register "by October 30th in each calendar year", you are registered for "the following calendar year". This means that you have already registered for fall 2020, but must register by October 30, 2020 for the next academic year, which starts with winter 2021. Please refer to Articles 26.10 B and 26.10 C on page 58 in the Collective Agreement.

Stay strong,

Lana-Lee Hardacre

OPSEU Local 237 President  lhardacre237@gmail.com