Bargaining update

Dear Sessional Lecturer members of PSAC Local 555,

Your bargaining team returned to the bargaining table on October 5 and 12 to continue to bargain non-monetary proposals with the University (the Employer).

Non-monetary proposals are all the bargaining proposals that don’t have a financial cost to the University. (In bargaining, we resolve non—monetary issues first before we move on to the monetary proposals).

On October 13, we received an email from the Employer advising us that the University would be applying for conciliation.

Conciliation, which brings in a third-party Conciliation Officer, is the next step in the bargaining process, once the parties have been unable to conclude a tentative agreement together.

We were surprised by the Employer’s decision because we are not at an impasse. Also, we have not yet tabled our monetary proposals so the Employer’s decision to move to conciliation is premature.

We are also very discouraged by the Employer’s behaviour towards us at the bargaining table and will be seeking a legal opinion on the Employer’s refusal to bargain issues with us, stating they will not discuss them because there are grievances filed on issues related to our proposals.

On a positive note however, we continue to advocate for job security (including earlier notice of appointments) and less workload (workloads have been increasing dramatically), as you have asked us to. We will continue despite the challenges to stay strong and advocate for improved working conditions.

Over and over, we have made it clear to the University that job security and workload are the Union’s key priorities in our non-monetary bargaining this round.

We have also continued to hold meetings with the faculty association to discuss shared priorities and concerns. The faculty association will stand behind our demands and we ask our members to show solidarity and support to the faculty members as they also push for better working conditions.

Finally, we believe it is time to hold another membership meeting to discuss bargaining and strike mandates.

The meeting will take place on Monday, October 29th at 10:00 am.

Please show your support by attending this meeting and discussing the next steps in our bargaining process.

Please RRSP for this meeting to Office@PSAC555.ca

If you have any questions about bargaining please reach out to a member of your bargaining team.

In solidarity,

Your bargaining team:

Reza Alipour Moghadam Esfahani

Kadeen Briscoe

Hussien Hegab

Marie Polgar, Local 555 Resource Person

Darren Pacione, PSAC Research Officer

Verda Cook, PSAC Negotiator

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Mission Posted July 16

 

CONFIDENTIAL: August 30th Mission Details 

 

Bargaining Priorities!

Job Security

Sessional Lecturers have spoken loud and clear that we want more job security. Sessional lecturing is a career and Sessional Lecturers should be entitled to guarantees on sessional course appointments and more notice on course appointments.

Your bargaining team has tabled job security-related proposals, including:

  • A University commitment to offer multi-terms appointments in each faculty;
  • Appointment offers (no need to apply) for sessional lecturers who have taught the course
  • before;
  • Appointments offered months in advance of course start dates;
  • Internal postings posted 8 weeks in advance of course start dates;
  • Course appointments based on seniority;

Workload

Our rates of pay are based on 36 hours of instructional time but many of our members are finding themselves working much more because of growing class sizes. This is not fair.

Your bargaining team has tabled workload related proposals, including:

  • Caps on class sizes; and
  • Language that excludes Sessional Lecturers from doing tutorial work.

Other non-monetary proposals

In addition to job security and workload proposals, your bargaining team is also pushing for:

  • Longer access to our internal email account (up to three years so that we can continue to apply internally for appointments);
  • Sessional Lecturer inclusion in all university committees that discuss and/or make decisions that affect our working conditions;
  • Distinct definition and description of job duties, appointment letter, and orientation for Clinical Instructors;
  • Agreements on telework and technological change;
  • A right to union representation at performance evaluation meetings; and
  • The right to refuse to cross a picket line (so we can be in solidarity with other unionized university staff).

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July 12th, 2021Bargaining update
Dear Sessional Lecturer members of PSAC Local 555,
Your bargaining team has started negotiating your new collective agreement with the
University.
Preparation for bargaining involved your bargaining team meeting frequently over the
past few months to review all your bargaining input and prepare our bargaining
proposals.
We have also been holding meetings with the faculty association to discuss shared
priorities and concerns and we will continue to meet with the faculty association
throughout this round of bargaining.
Over the course of seven (7) days in June we connected with the Employer’s bargaining
team to table and receive each other’s non-monetary proposals.
Non-monetary proposals are all the bargaining proposals that don’t have a financial cost
to the University. In bargaining, we usually bargain non—monetary issues first before
we move on to the monetary proposals.
We have heard loud and clear from Sessional Lecturers through our input call and our
bargaining survey that you all want more job security (including earlier notice of
appointments) and less workload (workloads have been increasing dramatically).
We have made it clear to the University that job security and workload are the
Union’s key priorities in our non-monetary bargaining this round.
We will be back at the bargaining table in October to continue to push for improvements
to job security and workload issues, on your behalf.
In the meantime, we will have a virtual membership meeting on August 30 at 4:30 pm to
discuss job security in more detail with you.
We need your involvement and engagement in the bargaining process to achieve these
important improvements to our working conditions.
Please show your support by attending this meeting and sharing your concerns and
ideas with us! Please RRSP for this meeting to Office@PSAC555.ca
If you have any questions about bargaining please reach out to a member of your
bargaining team.In solidarity,

Your bargaining team:
Reza Alipour Moghadam Esfahani
Dawn Balsdon
Hussien Hegab
Marie Polgar, Local 555 Resource Person
Darren Pacione, PSAC Research Officer
Verda Cook, PSAC Negotiator