Application for Certification of Stipendiary and Sessional Instructors
PDAD&C #57, 2002-2003
M E M O R A N D U M
|TO:||Principals, Deans, Academic Directors and Chairs|
|FROM:||Angela Hildyard, Vice-President, Human Resources|
Vivek Goel, Deputy Provost and Vice-Provost, Faculty
|DATE:||April 17, 2003|
|RE:||Application for Certification of Stipendiary and Sessional Instructors|
The Canadian Union of Public Employees Local 3902 has applied to the Ontario Labour Relations Board for certification of stipendiary and sessional instructors, i.e. teaching staff who work on short-term contracts. In their application to have a certification vote, under the Labour Relations Act, the union must demonstrate that it has at least 40 per cent membership support in the proposed bargaining unit.
The University has until the end of today in which to submit its response to the application, describing its proposed bargaining unit and listing employees affected. The Ontario Labour Relations Board ultimately determines which description of the unit is appropriate for collective bargaining. If a vote is ordered, all employees on either the union's or the University's list will be able to cast ballots. The Ontario Labour Relations Board resolves any disputes about eligibility at a later date.
Given the holiday schedule this week and next, a vote is possible next Wednesday or Thursday. At that time a simple majority (50 per cent plus one) of those voting is required to certify the unit.
The certification drive is focused on teaching staff who are not represented by the University of Toronto Faculty Association. The certification application also specifically notes 11 exclusions:
The University is considering whether this description of the unit is appropriate for collective bargaining or whether it should be narrower or broader. The matter will be considered by the Ontario Labour Relations Board once the formal response to the application is filed.
The University encourages all affected employees to exercise their right to vote. Managers who receive queries about the University position are asked to encourage individuals to exercise this right and not to make any other comments, particularly any that may be perceived as opposing or favouring the application.