Rights & Benefits: Funding

Through its annual budget approval process the VCCFA supports the release of its officers, stewards and bargainers so that they can perform their duties on behalf of the membership.

Rights & Benefits: Health

Our Collective Agreement (Article 7) and Article 9 of the Common Agreement (grey pages at the back) provide us with a comprehensive set of Health Benefits that include Basic Medical, Extended Health Benefits, Dental Coverage, Sick Leave (on an entitlement accrual basis), Short-term and Long-term Disability. Appendix III-A on page 102 of our Collective Agreement sets out the various qualifying timelines and eligibilities for different classes of instructors.

More detailed information on health and other benefits is available in the College’s “Employee Benefits Booklet” available from the Human Resources department.

Questions should be forwarded to stewards.

New as of April 2007
The provincial Common Agreement bargaining resulted in the two-year maximum for the vision care benefit to be raised from $300 to $500.

Rights & Benefits: Leaves

VCCFA’s Collective Agreement, Article 8 and provisions of the Common Agreement, Article 7-Leaves and Article 8-Parental Leaves in the grey section, provides for an array of leaves and sets out the terms and conditions around them. Among others they include provisions for an adjudicated amount of education leave and a Supplemental Employment Benefit for Maternity and Parental Leave.

Our Collective Agreement also includes Retirement Preparation Leave (8.11) and Renewal Leave (8.12) which provide significant stipends while on leave which allow one to continue health coverage and pension contributions.

Contact a steward with any questions.

Rights & Benefits: Professional Development

Professional Development activity at VCC is “employee-initiated,” Collective Agreement Article 6.6, instructors makes a proposal for using the time through their Department Head and Dean.

The amount of time is based an entitlement accrual. As long as one is working at least half-time then with 7 months of assigned duty within a fiscal year, one qualifies for 15 days of PD. With 8 months, for 20 days. Both of these amounts are to be considered as “minimums,” but the college does often exceed them. Instructors should consider these minimum amounts as their right. VCC provides less PD time than many other colleges.

If one’s workload during the qualifying period fluctuates between half and full-time then one’s pay for the PD period is pro-rated, see Appendix V, page 108.

The Collective Agreement also sets up funds to support PD and PD activities. There is a $100,000 PD Fund detailed in Appendix IX, page 135 and Appendix X, pages 136 to 140.

To typically support attendance and participation at conferences costing up to $1000.00 apply to the Adjudicated PD Fund of $50,000, see Appendix XI, page 141.

The Common Faculty PD Fund valued at over $200,000 (Appendix XII, page 142 and page 53 of the Common Agreement) is for more expensive professional development costs. See link to the Guidelines below.

For more information or questions on PD time or any other PD related issue call a steward.

  • For PD Funds, call the rep on your campus, Downtown – Mike Tunnah 8377 or Broadway – Wayne Avery 7283.
  • For Adjudicated PD, call Mike Tunnah at Downtown 8377.
  • For Common Faculty PD, call Mike Tunnah at Downtown 8377.

Helga Mankhof is the VCCFA representative on FPSE’s Professional & Scholarly Development Committee and has interesting information on PD practices at other colleges.

Rights & Benefits: Pensions

See FAQ:  Rights & Benefits

Rights & Benefits: Vacation

For non-regular term and auxiliary instructors, pay for what would be vacation if they worked a full year is already included in their pay. After 202 days of work, about 10 months, they will have earned an annual salary equal to a full year’s salary for a regular at the same salary step. (For regular instructors pay is divided into 24 semi-monthly pay periods.)

Earned vacation entitlement is up to 44 duty days a year. There’s also a Christmas holiday covering the Christmas/New Year period.

Contact a steward with any questions.