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Canadian Military Colleges Faculty Association

The Canadian Military Colleges Faculty Association represents academic faculty at the Royal Military College of Canada, Royal Military College St. Jean, and the Canadian Forces College.

The Association is a member of the Canadian Association of University Teachers, the Ontario Confederation of University Faculty Associations, and the National Joint Council.

CMCFA • News

Promotion Application Deadline - Second Extension

15 September 2020 • CMCFA Secretary

The Principal of RMC has further amended the deadline extension for promotion applications. Please see the e-mail below that was sent to individual candidates. We publish the message here to help ensure that it reaches all candidates.

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Promotion Application Deadline Extension

10 September 2020 • CMCFA Vice-President

The Principal of RMC has sent the following message to UTs who have submitted a notice of intent to apply for promotion in 2020. We publish the message here to help ensure that it reaches all UTs.

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OCUFA statement in support for the scholar strike for racial justice

8 September 2020 • Chair of CMCFA Equity Committee

Members of the CMCFA are by extension members of the Ontario Confederation of University Faculty Associations (OCUFA). We are forwarding to you OCUFA’s statement regarding the planned “Scholar Strike” to protest systemic racism.

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Change to the RMC (Kingston) Undergraduate Teaching Schedlue

31 July 2020 • CMCFA President

As you have seen from the Principal’s e-mail, Management has decided to change the normal RMC undergraduate teaching schedule in the Fall to 09:00-17:30 in order to accommodate the 10% of undergraduate students who live on the West Coast. As you know, this decision was made without consulting the faculty at large, and the decision to change the RMC undergraduate teaching schedule at all (originally to 10:00-18:30) was made without consultation with the CMCFA. It is only after the decision was announced on 21 July 2020 that Management agreed to discuss the matter with the Faculty Association, and only upon our insistence.

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Personal E-mails and Access to Information

23 July 2020 • CMCFA Legal Officer

We have received the following question from a CMCFA member: Are personal e-mails used for work communications subject to Access to Information requests?

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Notice of Intent - UT Promotions

16 July 2020 • RMC Principal

An extension has been granted for the submission of notices of intent to apply for promotion.

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Message from Outgoing CMCFA President, Jean-Marc Noël

8 July 2020 • CMCFA Executive Committee

The CMCFA Executive Committee is pleased to announce the appointment of Dr. Helen Luu of the Department of English, Culture and Communication as President of the CMCFA and the appointment of Dr. Barbara Falk of Canadian Forces College Toronto as Chair of the Bargaining Committee. Both of these appointments result from the appointment of our outgoing President, Dr. Jean-Marc Noël of the Department of Physics and Space Science to the position of Dean of Graduate Studies at RMC in Kingston. In accordance with our Constitution, both Dr. Luu and Dr. Falk have been appointed until the end of Dr. Noël’s original term of office in 2022.

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Memoranda of Understanding - COVID19

17 June 2020 • CMCFA Bargaining Committee

The CMCFA has been negotiating aspects of our terms and conditions of employment affected by COVID-19 with the employer. Consequently, we have entered into Memoranda of Understanding (MOAs) with the employer regarding various aspects of our work.

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COVID-19 Information for CMCFA Members

25 May 2020 • CMCFA President

The COVID-19 virus has wide-ranging implications for UTs, as it does for all including faculty, federal public service employees and Canadians as a whole. The CMCFA receives information dealing with COVID-19 from various sources, and we will endeavor to post it here as soon as possible. The latest update is dated 25 May 2020.

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CMCFA Membership to the FQPPU

15 May 2020 • CMCFA President

On February 6-7, 2020, our colleague Laurence Piché attended the 98th meeting of the Federal Council of the FQPPU (fédération québécoise des professeures et professeurs d’université). One of the first items on the agenda was the membership of the CMCFA (members from RMC Saint-Jean) to the FQPPU. We are pleased to inform you that the vote for our membership was unanimous.

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CDARP - Terms of Reference and Results from 2014-2018

8 November 2019 • CMCFA President

Many UTs apply for funds from the Canadian Defence Academy Research Program (CDARP). Documents associated with CDARP were recently released under the Access to Information Act.

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New Collective Agreement in Effect

16 September 2019 • CMCFA Bargaining Committee

We are pleased to tell you that the new collective agreement has been signed by all parties. The employer confirms that the collective agreement came into effect on 30 August 2019, although it may take some time for it to be published on-line. Many of the provisions of the previous collective agreement are still in effect, and members can consult the tentative agreement until the new version is published.

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Ratification of Tentative Agreement

18 August 2019 • CMCFA Bargaining Committee

The CMCFA membership voted to ratify the tentative agreement regarding the new collective agreement on-line and during meetings held at RMCSJ and RMC on 13 and 14 August 2019 respectively. We expect the new collective agreement to be signed toward the end of August 2019.

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Ratification Vote Details

2 August 2019 • CMCFA Bargaining Committee

The CMCFA membership will hold a vote to ratify the new collective agreement. The details are contained below.

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Tentative Settlement Reached between CMCFA and TBS

17 July 2019 • CMCFA Bargaining Committee

The CMCFA and the Treasury Board of Canada Secretariat have reached a tentative agreement for the UT group, following a collective bargaining session which took place from June 3 to July 12, 2019.

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Canadian Military Colleges Faculty Association v. Treasury Board (Department of National Defence), 2019 FPSLREB 45 - Summary

21 June 2019 • CMCFA Bargaining Committee

On April 17, 2019, the Federal Public Sector Labour Relations and Employment Board (the “Board”) released a decision addressing an unfair labour practice (“ULP”) complaint that was filed by the CMCFA on September 21, 2015.

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Federal Public Sector Labour and Employment Board Decision: Lukits v. Treasury Board

20 March 2019 • CMCFA Grievance Committee

On March 13, 2019 the Federal Public Sector Labour and Employment Board (the “Board”) released its long-awaited decision in this matter. The decision deals with a grievance filed by CMCFA member, Dr. Steven Lukits, a UT in the English department at the Royal Military College of Canada (“RMC”). Dr. Lukits filed the grievance after he was ordered by the RMC Principal, Dr. Harry Kowal, to hand over his course notes in compliance with an ATI (Access to Information) request.

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Bargaining Bulletin: Issue 2018-1

28 January 2019 • CMCFA Bargaining Committee

Please see the CMCFA Bargaining Bulletin: Issue 2018-1.

CMCFA Tuition Scholarship Award

12 January 2019 • Louise Ford

We are pleased to announce that the recipient of the 2018–2019 CMCFA Tuition Scholarship Award is Amir Jnifene.

Tentative Settlement Reached between CMCFA and TBS

28 June 2018 • CMCFA Bargaining Committee

The CMCFA and the Treasury Board of Canada Secretariat have reached a tentative agreement regarding the UT group, following a collective bargaining session which took place from June 26 to June 28, 2018.

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Federal Public Sector Labour and Employment Board Decision: Hurley v. Treasury Board

2 May 2018 • CMCFA Grievance Committee

On April 26, 2018 the Federal Public Sector Labour and Employment Board (the “Board”) released its long-awaited decision in this matter. The decision deals with a grievance filed by CMCFA member, Dr. Michael Hurley, a former UT in the English department at the Royal Military College of Canada (“RMC”). Dr. Hurley filed the grievance after RMC Principal, Dr. Harry Kowal, refused to approve his three-part retirement plan.

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