FAQ for Members in PTS
Yes! The Collective Agreement establishes your employment rights such as: the rates of pay, benefit eligibility, a grievance process, and (for PTS instructors) the right to normally be rehired. Like all FSA members, PTS/Auxiliary Employees have rights and responsibilities in their respective roles. How these are applied in your specific context can be challenging to outline in specific detail, but PTS/Auxiliary Employees can always obtain more information by contacting the FSA directly.
Article 22.214.171.124.8 gives the first right to teach a course to the individual who authored the course if they were not being paid to do so by BCIT. Article 7.4 ensures that an employee who ‘creates, develops, acquires or introduces’ course materials retains ownership over them. When BCIT pays someone to author a course, BCIT might claim ownership over the materials. In those cases, BCIT may also deny the creator the right to use the materials at other institutions or online.
Instructors who plan to develop and introduce a new course, whether on their own or under contract with BCIT, first should obtain a written understanding with the Associate Dean that acknowledges that the course, and all of its associated materials, will belong exclusively to the author. Course authors should expect adequate compensation for any rights over course materials claimed by BCIT. When being paid to develop a course, authors should also insist
that the agreement clearly sets out any rights that they retain over the materials.
Contact the FSA if you have any questions about the ownership of course materials. Note also that the Canadian Association of University Teachers (CAUT), of which the FSA is a member, provides information on copyright on their website. They are currently lobbying Parliament for changes to the Copyright Act on behalf of all post-secondary educators.
While there is no specific right pertaining to this, PTS Coordinators/Program Heads can create an auxiliary (PTS) contract to pay part-time studies staff or temps who are between contracts to attend department meetings at the “PTS Admin” rate (around $45/hour). While salaried staff have the benefit of being paid to attend meetings, why should non-salaried members of your department not share the same privilege? This will build morale, encourage department collegiality, and promote big picture thinking about how all staff contribute to teaching excellence and the welfare of the department.
There is no denying that lack of access to PD funds for members in Part-Time Studies (PTS) is very frustrating and generally perceived as unfair. This issue is one that the FSA continues to press with the employer. In the meantime, departments should bring their PTS members’ attention to the existing “free” training opportunities that do exist for them. These include:
In addition, some Departments can help members in PTS with fee waivers for taking BCIT PTS courses that have available seats.
After reviewing the FSA Part-Time Studies Guide (PDF), we suggest that you check out the following additional resources which you may find useful:
Have suggestions for other useful information to go on this page? Contact us and give us your feedback!
All BCIT technology program “Part-Time Studies (PTS) employees”, or Auxiliary Employees (as they are called in the Collective Agreement), with the following types of contracts are FSA members and are covered by the BCIT-FSA Collective Agreement:
If you are a PTS/Auxiliary Employee and a member of the FSA please contact us if you have any questions or concerns.