Faculty Strike Updates

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        Update: June 25, 2015; 1 pm

        Capilano University and Capilano Faculty Association ratify agreement

        Capilano University and the Capilano Faculty Association (CFA) have ratified an agreement negotiated under the Economic Stability Mandate.

        The board of the Post-Secondary Employers’ Association provided final ratification of the five-year settlement, which covers approximately 775 instructors, instructional associates, laboratory supervisors, counsellors, librarians, special appointees and private music instructors.

        Read the Ministry of Education's full news release.

        Update: May 25, 2015; 4 p.m.

        The University Bargaining Team is happy to report that the Capilano University Faculty Association (CFA) and the University have reached a tentative agreement.

        Following five days of mediation, Capilano University and the Capilano University Faculty Association (CFA) reached a tentative agreement at 4 am on Saturday, May 23, 2015. 

        The agreement included a term of April 1, 2014 to March 31, 2019 and a 5.5 % wage increase over the five years, consistent with the Post Secondary Employers' Association (PSEA) sector.

        Next steps  

        The next step in the process involves approval of the tentative agreement by the Capilano University Board of Governors and ratification by CFA members. A date for ratification by the CFA has not yet been determined. The agreement is also subject to ratification by PSEA.

        For more information

        For the most up-to-date information, read the latest bargaining bulletin

        Latest University communications 

        Open Letter to Capilano University students from VP, Academic and Provost: April 12, 2015 (PDF)

        Capilano University Registrar's message to students: April 12, 2015 (VIDEO)

        Letter to CFA: request to suspend strike action (PDF)

        Email to students: April 10, 2015 (PDF)

        Q&As for Support Staff Employees (COPE): April 9, 2015 (PDF)  

        Media release: Capilano University Faculty Association (CFA) to begin full-scale strike action today: April 8, 2015 (PDF)

        Bulletin to all employees regarding CFA strike action: April 8, 2015  

        Email to students: April 7, 2015  

        Capilano University & CFA to meet for mediation April 7: April 2, 2015 (PDF)

        Memorandum from Chief Negotiator – Clarification: April 2, 2015 (PDF)

        Message to Students: April 1, 2 015 (PDF)

        Letter from University urging CFA to consider strike impact on students: March 30, 2015 (PDF)

        Email to students: March 30, 2015 (PDF)

        Capilano Students' Union (CSU) media release: March 27, 2015 (PDF)

         

        Strike Q&As for students 

        Listed below are important questions and answers (Q&As) for students. We will continue to update them as we learn more.

        The following Q&As are based on information available on April 16, 2015. 

      • Is the strike over?

        Yes. On April 13, 2015, the CFA agreed to suspend its strike action to enable students to complete their final exams, beginning Thursday, April 16.

        The two parties have agreed to continue discussions through non-binding mediation.

        Can I appeal my final grade?

        If you are considering appealing a final grade, we recommend you first contact your instructor to discuss and clarify the grounds/rationale for the assigned grade. Please note that the appeals process only applies to final grades.

        For more information, read the Academic Appeals Process Brief or see the University's Academic Appeals Policy.

        How can a student voice a concern about how their individual academic situation has been dealt with during, or because of, strike action?

        We encourage students to voice any concerns about their individual academic situation.

        Please contact the Registrar's Office at 604.984.4900 or email registrarassistant@capilanou.ca. Academic advisors will be happy to speak with you about your specific concerns.

        The University is also working with Counselling Services to offer support to students who are experiencing stress or difficulty as a result of the strike action.  

        Will students receive tuition refunds due to the effects of the strike?

        Tuition fees entitle students to register in courses for a standard academic term. Fees cover a certain number of weeks of instruction and provide students with access to a range of student-related services.

        Although the CFA strike commenced three days prior to the end of classes and the beginning of the final examination period, students will complete their academic terms and receive their final grades.

        As a result, the University will not issue tuition fee refunds or rebates.

        Will exams be optional for students?

        The decision to make final exams optional or mandatory is at the discretion of your instructor.

        While the University sets the exam schedule, faculty is responsible for administering the exams and making decisions regarding the format, content and grade weight.

        We encourage students to contact their instructor directly with any questions about their final exams. If you have any unresolved questions after contacting your instructor, please contact your faculty dean for additional support. (Updated April 16)

        How do I hand in assignments and coursework that were impacted due to the strike?

        Instructors have resumed all duties, including accepting and grading assignments. Delays in grading are likely, but your instructor can provide you with a timeline. (Updated April 16)

        When will I receive a mark for the assignments I submitted to my instructor prior to the strike?

        Please contact your instructor. He or she will be able to provide you with a timeline.

        It is likely that instructors will require some additional time to grade assignments submitted before and after the strike.

        Will exams still happen according to the revised schedule?

        The Spring 2015 final exams will begin on Thursday, April 16 and conclude on Friday, April 24, as scheduled, with no further changes to dates.

        What do I do if I have a conflict with the revised exam schedule?

        Students are encouraged to speak to their instructor about conflicts with the revised exam schedule, including pre-arranged travel arrangements and work commitments.

        If the issue is still unresolved after speaking with your instructor, please contact your faculty dean for support. (Updated April 16)

        Why isn’t my exam appearing on the final exam schedule?

        Individual instructors have the discretion to schedule their exams through the Registrar's Office or administer them off cycle.

        As a result, the revised exam schedule only outlines the exam dates/times that were submitted to the Registrar's Office.

        If your exam does not appear in the revised schedule, please contact your instructor to confirm your final examination details.

        If your question is not addressed after speaking with your instructor, contact your faculty dean for assistance. (Updated April 16)

        What about Adult Basic Education (ABE) exams?

        All ABE courses, learning labs and exams resumed, as previously scheduled, on Tuesday, April 14.

        I am intending to graduate this term. Will I still be able to do so given that some of my classes were suspended due to the strike?

        Yes, students who have applied to graduate by the appropriate deadlines and who meet their program requirements will have their graduation confirmed as planned.

        Convocation ceremonies are confirmed for June 1, 2015. Visit the University's Convocation page for more details.

        Will convocation dates be changed?

        Convocation ceremonies are confirmed for June 1, 2015. Visit the University's Convocation page for more details.

        Can I still withdraw/drop a class without penalty?

        No, the last day to withdraw from classes for the Spring 2015 term was February 13, 2015.

        Will I still be able to transfer to other post-secondary institutions?

        Yes, the University has been in contact with transfer institutions to ensure there are no conflicts with the revised exam schedule.

        Students who meet the transfer institution’s requirements will be able to transfer as previously planned.

        I wasn’t able to access childcare through the Children’s Centre during the strike action. Will the University compensate me?

        The Children’s Centre will be in contact with all impacted families to discuss pro-rated refunds as a result of the strike action.

        Why couldn't the University agree to the CFA's proposal for binding arbitration to resolve the dispute?

        The University cannot accept binding arbitration, because this would leave critical decisions that impact the University’s financial position in the hands of a third party.

        The CFA also wants the University Board to approve recommendations for settlement, regardless of whether they are supported by the University administration.  It is not appropriate to ask the Board to vote on recommendations that the administration may not support. To do so would put an undue burden on the Board, and challenge the statutory responsibilities of the President.

        The reality is that Capilano University is the employer and must meet its statutory obligations.  Though feedback and information from the faculty is important, the university – the employer - must maintain its ability to make decisions to meet those obligations. The University is a publicly funded institution that is responsible for management of the resources provided to it by taxpayers and students’ tuition. 

        The University has proposed that the parties engage in non-binding mediation with a highly skilled private mediator.  This would enable the CFA to suspend its strike action, allow faculty to administer our students' final examination activities and give both parties a process and time to achieve a fair, balanced, and reasonable collective agreement.

        What are the outstanding issues in the negotiations?

        Governance

        Throughout the bargaining process, the University has been very clear and consistent in its message to the CFA: the University cannot accept CFA proposals that hamper the University’s ability to fulfill its management obligations and responsibilities, as outlined in the University Act.

        The University Act provides the University with a very specific governance structure, with a division of powers among two bodies: the Board of Governors, and the Senate. Both the Board and the Senate include representation from a range of constituents, including students, faculty and administration. Proposals from the CFA, which assign to, and entrench a level of control by the CFA, compromise this governance structure.

        Fiscal Responsibility

        The University has a fiscal responsibility to work within a balanced budget and, as such, cannot regularize faculty to the extent proposed by the CFA.

        Why not engage the Board in the negotiations?

        The Board of Governors is accountable for the University’s administration, property and business affairs. The Board assigns management responsibility for these areas to the President and administration. The Board makes decisions after reviewing the President’s recommendations. Those recommendations are based on administration’s assessment of all resource implications and consideration of stakeholder input.   

         The CFA proposes that the University Board be directly involved in approving recommendations for settlement, regardless of whether they are supported by the University administration.  It is not appropriate to ask the Board to vote on recommendations that the administration may not support. To do so would put an undue burden on the Board and challenge the statutory responsibilities of the President.

         The University has been clear with the CFA, from the outset, that responsibilities of the Board will not be addressed through collective bargaining.

        What is the University’s Offer to the CFA?

        The University's Offer  to the CFA includes:

        • A 5.5% wage increase between April 1, 2015 to March 31, 2019:
          • This is an increase in wages to $91,486 from $86,611 (top of scale): an increase to $61.72 per non-instructional hour, plus a possible Economic Stability Dividend.
        • Paid Educational Leave:
          • Paid educational leave for all faculty members, including non-regulars (NREGS) based on merit of applications.
          • More than $568,000 annually for paid educational leave available to all employees, including NREGS.
        • Committee to review the NREGS salary scales.
        • Improved coverage for short-term disability benefits (STD) from ages 65 to 70.
        • Provisions to offer severance to faculty who voluntarily accept it in order to avoid reductions to other faculty members.
          • Up to $43,000 of severance to faculty who voluntarily accept it in order to avoid reductions.
        • Faculty representation (from the affected Faculty) on Dean hiring committees.
        • A flat $25 increase in extended health deductibles.

        Will students still be able to enroll in courses for the summer/fall terms?

        Yes. Students will be able to enroll in courses via their on-line student services (myCap) account.

        How will students be notified of updates?

        The University will keep students informed via their CapU email address. Information will also be available through the Capilano University website and Cap's Twitter and Facebook channels.

        I am on exchange abroad now - how will I get assistance from Capilano University if I need it?

        The Centre for International Experience (CIE) can be reached at inted@capilanou.ca or call 604.990.7914 for assistance. (Updated April 15)

        I am an exchange student studying at Capilano University. Will Capilano University explain the situation to my home university?

        The Centre for International Experience (CIE) made contact with all universities who have exchange students at Capilano University to advise them of the recent strike action. We will continue to update these partner universities as information becomes available.

        Please contact the CIE office at inted@capilanou.ca or call 604.990.7914 for assistance. (Updated April 15)

        Can students make their travel plans for the end of the spring term?

        Yes.

        Could strike action affect study and work permits for international students?

        No. The CFA strike does not affect work permits and student visas.

        These immigration documents remain valid and the regulations governing them stay in effect, regardless of any impact that strike action may have on students’ ability to attend classes.

        Will I be able to get a transcript and Confirmation of Enrolment for study permit renewals?

        Yes. Transcripts and Confirmation of Enrolment are issued by the Registrar’s Office. Administrative and student services will continue to the best of the University’s ability. The Registrar’s Office will do its best to issue the necessary documents to students, but delays can be expected.

        I am planning on studying at Capilano University in the fall as an international student. Will I still be able to get all the necessary documents from Capilano University?

        Yes, students who are admitted to the University will still receive the necessary documents; however, there may be delays in processing. 

        If you have not yet received your letter of acceptance, please first login to Student Online Services for your application status.

        International students with further questions should contact the Centre for International Experience (CIE) at 604.990.7914 or by email at inted@capilanou.ca. (Updated April 15) 

        Will CFA strike action affect students’ eligibility for student loans or other student aid?

        No. Strike action will not affect students’ eligibility for university or government financial aid for the Spring 2015 term.

        Will students’ eligibility for student loans or other student aid be affected?

        No. A strike will not affect students’ eligibility for university or government financial aid for the Spring 2015 term. Where necessary, the University will assist students in dealing with appropriate agencies or government departments.

        I am a student loan recipient who is expected to attend classes on a full-time basis to remain eligible for my student loan and/or interest-free status. If I am unable to attend classes because of a strike, how will this affect me?

        The following language is taken from the StudentAid BC 2014/2015 Policy Manual:

        "StudentAidBC recipients should not be disadvantaged due to interruption of study caused by strike action, natural disasters, pandemics or other similar events. The policy, as detailed in Section 3 of the manual, is designed for short-term situations of two to four weeks. In the event of a longer-term closure, the Ministry will consider policy on an individual post-secondary institution basis.

        Please refer to the StudentAid BC policy that addresses "Interruption of Study" in Section 3 of the 2014-2015 StudentAid BC Policy Manual.

        How will strike action affect an out-of-province student loan?

        Students are advised to contact their provincial student loan provider for further information.

        Will I still be able to access emergency financial assistance?

        Yes, depending on the availability of funds. Please contact the Registrar’s Office for details.

        I have a student loan disbursement/interest-free status update pending confirmation of enrollment by my school. Will Capilano University continue to provide this service?

        Please contact the Registrar’s Office at 604.984.4900 to obtain the appropriate documentation. Delays may be expected.

        If I have a question related to my student loan funding, who should I contact?

        Contact your provincial student loan provider. Contact information is available on each provincial student loan web site.