Contractual agreements between BCIT and the FSA are included in a collective agreement and a series of agreements called “Memoranda of Agreements”, also known as the Memags Collective Agreement or CA Memags. In recent years, the FSA has taken steps to change our past practices with respect to memoranda of understanding, including by concluding fewer agreements. Another aspect of this new approach is to publish more CA Memags on our site than has been the case until now. At BCIT`s request and as required by certain agreements, the ASL will seek BCIT`s approval for the publication of CA Memags, which have never been published before. We also plan to publish CA Memags with comments so that their terms are useful for members. If you have any questions regarding any of these CA Memags, please contact the ASL. The publication of the FSA-BCIT 2010-14 collective agreement has been approved by the post-secondary employers` organisation. This issue contains changes agreed with the ratification of the negotiated solution adopted in early 2013. There aren`t many minor issues we were hoping to fix before the release. A limited number of copies of the agreement will be printed and made available in the coming weeks. In the meantime, an electronic version can be downloaded without the completed signature page.
The ASL conducted two interviews with its faculty members, without regular teaching contact, on alternatives to the term “non-teacher” used throughout the collective agreement. The change in terminology must allow these members to recognize what they do and not on the basis of what they do not do. Although they have been referred to as “non-teachers” in the collective agreement, teaching is part of their job for many of them, although they do not normally have a regular weekly schedule. The involvement that they are a little less than other faculties has also had a practical impact. You are the only group of regular employees under the FSA contract without having access to any form of short-term development leave. The process of preparing the latest version of the collective agreement for pressure has been painfully slow. Despite the long period between collective agreements, the employer refused to make most of the requested changes to budget management as part of the proofing process. Therefore, when the new collective agreement is finally published, it will still contain inconsistent use of terms, ambiguous references and other minor issues that we hoped to clarify. .