Contractual agreements between BCIT and FSA are included in a collective agreement and a number of agreements known as “memorandums of understanding,” also known as Memags or CA Memags collective agreements. The process of preparing the latest version of the collective agreement for printing has been painfully slow. Despite the time spent between collective agreements, the employer refused to make most of the changes requested as part of the proofing process. If the new collective agreement is finally published, then it will always contain an inconsistent use of terms, ambiguous references and other minor issues that we hope to resolve. In March, we proposed to the employer that only three errors in the collective agreement be corrected before the pressure was put. We have to hear. We intend to close the pressure of the 2010-14 agreement at the beginning of negotiations for its renewal. In this case, printed copies of the current agreement will be available before the summer. In the meantime, they refer to the 2007-10 collective agreement and the 2010-14 transaction agreement. The FSA conducted two interviews with its faculty members without being regularly taught about alternatives to the concept of “non-teaching faculty” used throughout the collective agreement.
The change in this terminology is designed to recognize these members based on what they do and not on what they do not do. Although they have been described as “non-doctrinal” in the collective agreement, teaching is part of their job for many of them, although they generally do not have a regular weekly schedule. The implication they have a little less than other faculties also have practical effects. They are the only group of regular employees under the FSA contract without access to some form of short-term development leave. In April, BCGEU professional teachers at colleges (not BCIT or Vancouver University) agreed on the first collective agreement in our sector during this round of negotiations. This agreement is a five-year contract with salary increases totalling 5.5%, but no increase until April 2015.