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Continuing Education Teachers






Priorities for Work
Hiring priority is what gives you the right to be considered for work. See


Applying for Work in Continuing Education

All continuing teachers can fill out a General Offer of Service (GOS) in April or within the first 30 days of being hired in any session.

The DTU recommends that all non-permanent teachers from the Regular Sector, Continuing Education and A.E.C.s submit their General Offer of Services form (G.O.S.)

See General Offer of Service - GOS

If you forget to apply, you will need to keep a watch for the posting of job offers on the Dawson Website and apply to any that you would like to fill within the deadlines detailed on the job offer. If you are offered a posting and refuse the posting you will not lose your priority. However, the GOS is no longer effective and you will have to apply to each post individually.

See Applying for Postings


Duties and Non-duties of Conted teachers

Conted teachers are paid to teach classes and to prepare and mark assignments and tests. They are not paid to provide help to students after class nor to provide office hours, nor to respond to emails or telephone messages nor to attend department meetings or perform departmental duties. If they do any of these it is on a voluntary basis. Priority for work does not depend on a Conted teacher performing any duties for the department. Conted teachers are not members of the department according to the contract. However, some departments may include them, if the Conted teachers wish, in department meetings.


Insurance

Conted teachers have no rights to any of the insurance protections. They are excluded by the collective agreement from the basic medical insurance paid for by teachers and short-term disability insurance paid for by the employer (5-5.01). (The text of the insurance contract also excludes them) They are also not eligible for the other insurance provided through their union federation, FNEEQ. However, exclusion from the medical and long-term disability insurance paid for by teachers was at the request of Conted teachers themselves who, given their low salaries, did not want to assume immediately the cost of the insurance programs. The result is that continuing education teachers are eligible to be covered for prescription insurance by RAMQ.


Parental Rights

Conted teachers have the same parental rights as part-time teachers in regular education (5-6.05). See Parental Leaves


Access to Professional Development Fund

The contract does not include Conted teachers in the Professional Development plan, which provides subsidies for course fees and other professional development costs. However, there is a local agreement at Dawson which makes Conted teachers eligible for funding pro-rated to their annual workload. As a year is considered to be 450 hours, a 45 hour class would entitle you to a $60 subsidy. To get funding you have to apply to the Professional Development Fund Committee. Details of the process can be found on the DTU website


Currently there are no Free Courses for Teachers in Continuing Education

The contract allows regular day teachers to attend all Dawson courses for free. Unfortunately the contract does not give the same right to teachers in Conted. However, the DTU has proposed a local agreement to the college administration. We have not yet received their response. We will keep you updated on any progress.


A Dawson Office

The College has a responsibility to give you an office. If you do not have an office you can get the college to sign a form which will allow you to deduct the cost of a home office from your income tax. Get the form from Revenue Quebec and take it to Terry Brennan at Human Resources.


Demands for Continuing Education Teachers During the Next Negotiations

For years through many negotiations teachers unions in Quebec have been trying to integrate hourly paid teaching, including continuing education and AECs, into regular day teaching. It has always been difficult to accept that in the same college, there are two classes of teachers with different rights. We have been trying to change this in the past with limited success because of government resistance.

A problem for hourly paid teachers is that they are only paid for their class time and for evaluation of students. They are not paid for student support in office hours, yet many do it to the best they can because they really want the students to learn and to do well. Other problems are the lack of sick days and support for participation in department meetings.


The Last Negotiations

There is a parity committee which is continuing the last negotiation regarding continuing education teaching. However, as there were not large resources set aside to deal with the problems facing teachers in continuing education, we should not expect any major improvements.

The demands during the last negotiation were trying to deal with some of these problems without full integration. The demands, if implemented, would have required that hourly paid teachers be paid for student support outside the classroom (i.e. for office hours), have access to sick days and some support for participation in meetings and professional development. As well there was a demand to give hourly paid teachers who teach a full time load the same rights and working conditions as regular teachers.