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)