KFA Presentation to the Select Standing Committee on Finance and Government Services
On September 30, 2015, representatives from the Kwantlen Faculty Association and the University of the Fraser Valley Faculty and Staff Association advocated for improvements to the provincial funding of post-secondary education for the 2016 provincial budget in a presentation to the Select Standing Committee on Finance and Government Services. Gillian Dearle, Vice President Negations for the KFA, and Sean Parkinson, President of the UFVFSA, jointly presented, and Bob Davis, President of the KFA, answered the committee’s questions. We concluded the ten-minute presentation with four recommendations:
The reinstatement of tuition-free Adult Basic Education programs at all our post-secondary institutions.
direct and on-going commitment of at least $22 million to support provincially-funded ESL programs delivered by BC's post-secondary institutions.
funding support for students, both in terms of a revitalized student grant program and for student services, to ensure students can complete programs and degrees in a timely way and without the burden of a heavy debt load.
formula that better responds to the cost pressures faced by BC's post-secondary institutions. Specifically, we once again recommend a comprehensive review of funding to address regional inequities and core funding needs for the entire system.
You can read the entire presentation here.
Update from Your KFA Table Officers Fall 2015
Welcome to the new semester! Your faculty association is involved in numerous issues and activities this fall, and we’d like to share with you four key highlights:
Collective Agreement Update
The 2014 – 2019 Collective Agreement was ratified by the parties in the summer, and we expect the final copy to be available online and in print by mid-semester. On a related note, you should have received retro pay on your September 18th pay statement. Your pay statement is available online at mykwantlen.ca.
As you are aware, the MOU between Trans-Mountain L.P. and KPU has been highly controversial. To date, numerous Faculties, departments, and your KFA have communicated their concerns to the KPU Board of Governors.
KPU’s biennial employee
survey is underway and available until October 8th. This
survey gives all of us the opportunity to provide feedback to senior
administration. We encourage you to complete the survey.
Fall General Meeting and Social
Save the date: our Fall
General Meeting and Social is scheduled for Tuesday, November 3rd
on the Surrey Campus. Watch your email for nomination calls for
As always, if you have any questions or concerns, please call us at 2200, email us (click on our names below), or stop by our new location in Fir 226.
KFA Table Officers:
Bob Davis, President
Gillian Dearle, Vice President, Negotiations
Diane Walsh, Vice President, Grievances
Suzanne Pearce, Secretary Treasurer
Panteli Tritchew, Member-at-Large
Letter sent from Bob Davis on behalf of KFA Executive to KPU Board of Governors regarding Trans Mountain MOU
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