September 13th, 2018 Ratification Vote:
On July 31, 2018, a tentative agreement was made between the Sessional Instructor negotiations team and the UOIT management team. The members of the PSAC555 Sessional Instructor Unit will have an opportunity to vote on this agreement and ratify it on September 13th, 2018. The agreement will not be instituted unless the members “vote” that they wish to ratify it.
A room on North Campus 11am to 1 pm. ERC 1058
A room in the 55 Bond building (Down Town Campus) 2 pm to 4 pm- DTB524
A room in the Education Building 4:30 pm to 5:30 pm – 11 Simcoe St – Room 312
A room on the North Campus 6 pm to 7 pm. ERC 1058
July 31, 2018
Sessional Lecturer Bargaining Team reaches a tentative agreement with UOIT
Our Bargaining Team met with UOIT in conciliation on July 25th for a twelve-hour marathon session and again on July 31st. We discussed our outstanding priority demands related to pay, workload, the creation of a hardship fund, premium rate allocation, leaves and follow-on work.
We were successful in getting the employer to drop concessions on the table related to postings in our last meeting and were able to achieve improvements to vacation pay for members with five years of continuous service.
Some highlights of the proposed agreement include:
No Concessions were made.
7% wage increased over four years for the standard rate Sessional Lecturers
4.95% wage increases for the premium rates of pay
Expanded definition of follow-on work.
Dean no longer has the ability to reduce rates of pay for premium rates of pay
Foundation Courses in the Faculty of Education will be paid at the premium rate of pay A.
The creation of a hardship fund with a value higher than any other unit in the university. Members will be able to access this fund to assist with medical costs and other hardship circumstances.
Improved the language around workload requiring the Dean to make every reasonable effort to address workload issues that may require additional resources and/or mentorship.
A defined Student to Sessional Instructor ratio for Foundation Courses in the Faculty of Education
Defined hours for the purpose of Employment Insurance to 238 hours per contract.
Update to parental and pregnancy leave which allows for extended leave.
The inclusion of Domestic or Sexual Violence Leave, as well as, Personal Emergency Leave in the Collective Agreement as per the ESA.
A full ratification kit will be provided by the local shortly. It will feature additional highlights and changes of the proposed collective agreement.
Stay tuned for more information to come on the ratification vote, tentatively scheduled in September.
Your Sessional Instructor Bargaining Team
Ashley Bickerton (PSAC National Negotiator)
SESSIONAL BARGAINING UPDATE
MAY 16TH, 2018
Bill 148 passed in Ontario, updating our labour laws and employment standards to recognize the changing nature of work. Thanks to organizing and political pressure by unions and community groups (i.e. $15 and Fairness and Workers Action Centre), our labour laws have been strengthened to offer better protection and enforcement for workers. However, there are employers, like UOIT, who have yet to abide by this law and improve the standards of living for their workers.
“We are a precarious workforce but thanks to the new labour legislation unions fought for in Ontario, the law states clearly that equal work deserves equal pay,” states Sarah Vollmer, Local President for PSAC DCL 555. “We are demanding the University abide by this legislation and more importantly do what’s right.”
Our work duties are the same as others staff, but yet our members are often paid less. All Sessional instructors should be paid at the same rate of pay; this is simply a matter of fairness. This is a major point for us in this round of negotiations, to make sure all Sessional instructors are treated equally and paid at the same rate as the law dictates. UOIT filed for Conciliation on April 26th, 2018, and a mediator has now been appointed.
SESSIONAL BARGAINING UPDATE
APRIL 25TH, 2018
Dear PSAC555 Sessional Faculty
This email is sent on behalf of the PSAC555 Sessional Faculty bargaining team. We are contacting you today to outline some important updates in negotiations with the employer. While we are in agreement on a number of non-monetary items, there are some outstanding issues relating to our pay rates and Bill 148.
“As of April 1, 2018, you cannot pay full-time and non-full-time (part-time, contract, casual, seasonal, temporary) employees a different rate of pay for performing “substantially the same kind of work”
This fair wages for equal work language and legislation is specifically relevant to the base versus premium rate in our previous collective agreement as Sessional Faculty at UOIT.
We know that you care about the quality of education UOIT students receive. Our compensation is directly related to the caliber of instruction we are able to deliver to students as well as the overall satisfaction our membership derived from their work.
A number of members have already contacted us to express interest in the changes that Bill 148 might bring to our collective agreement. We need your help! Contact PSAC555, let us know you are in support of our bargaining team in bringing our wage agreements in compliance with Bill 148. Equal pay for equal work!
The employer has filed for conciliation. We will keep you updated when the conciliator has been appointed, and future dates for talks to resume.
Your PSAC555 Sessional Faculty Bargaining Team.
SESSIONAL BARGAINING UPDATE
APRIL 16TH, 2018
Greetings PSAC Sessional Instructors.
Your Negotiating Team met with the Employer on April 16th to start our negotiations for a renewal agreement. At this meeting, we focused mainly on non-monetary proposals and general housekeeping. We were able to sign off on a majority of these items and hope to conclude the remainder at our next meetings scheduled for April 25th and 26th. We will also be engaging in monetary (ie. rates of pay, benefits, workload) discussions with the Employer.
We will keep you apprised of any updates after our next meeting.
Tim Teatro, Steward Sessional Local 555
Roozbeh Jalali, VP Sessional Local 555
Jawara Gairey, PSAC Negotiator