September 14, 2021 | Leave a comment

Very soon after the switch to providing distance learning during the winter semester, we worked with the Faculty Association at the University of Calgary to negotiate an agreement for an automatic one-year postponement of the academic staff application process with dates held (academic staff are not required to take the postponement if they wish to apply in the regular course). A new letter of understanding provides for a short-term vocation in the Graduate Assistant (Teaching) and Graduate Assistant (non-teaching) degrees. In addition, as part of the agreement, some of the funding restrictions for the recruitment of Graduate Assistant (Research) in business and administrative units have been removed, creating new opportunities for employment of Doctoral students throughout the university As previously reported, IT has purchased devices such as webcams and headsets in bulk, which can now be purchased with the PER (Professional Expense Reimbursement) program. For more information, please contact it at itsupport@ucalgary.ca. Yes. The new PDAC is a registered union with a collective agreement unit representing all post-docs working at the University of Calgary, regardless of their employment status. “This agreement reflects the hard work and commitment of both committees,” said Dru Marshall, a provocateur at the University of Calgary. I am proud that we can offer safety and support to our PhD students and I thank both parties for reaching an agreement, especially in these unique circumstances. The new PDAC is a union with collective bargaining obligations and other essential services for members. To be operational, the PDAC needs an executive director to lead the union and deal with cases of maladministration (e.g. B sudden loss of employment or sudden loss of services), (b) negotiator and advisor during negotiations; (c) money to resolve legal issues, (d) offices, a computer, a telephone line and the maintenance of this site. In addition, unions usually provide small fees to post-doctrinal executive directors and/or, if necessary, any other staff. They have a small advocacy fund and a budget to provide their members with professional development opportunities. To cover these costs, membership fees are unfortunately required.

Thank you for everything you do in these difficult times. I realize it wasn`t easy — many of you are nurses for young and old, and the boundaries between work and life are blurring considerably. I also recognize the toll it has taken on collective and individual mental health. We appreciate everything you do – and I hope we look forward to seeing you in the near future. As during the winter semester 2020, student feedback on universal instructional grades is collected for spring/summer and fall courses; However, we will only give this feedback to course directors. Comments are not disclosed to department heads, associate deans or deans unless you give your prior consent as course leader. This is included in our agreement with the faculties association. Negotiations between UCalgary and the GSA began in February 2020, with all parties coming to the table with thoughtful and thoughtful discussions.

Negotiations were moved online to Zoom in March, when the campus` response to COVID-19 required a shift to find itself physically distant. An agreement in principle was quickly reached and the formal ratification process was recently concluded. It is important to know that the existing faculty guidelines are being revised, although no substantial changes to the criteria are currently being made. . . .

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