72 CUPE 3902 Unit 3 Collective Agreement

PDAD&C#72, 2004-05

MEMORANDUM

To: Principals, Deans, Academic Directors, and Chairs
From:   Vivek Goel, Vice-President and Provost
Angela Hildyard, Vice-President, Human Resources and Equity
Date: April 11, 2005
Re: CUPE 3902 Unit 3 Collective Agreement
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The tentative agreement reached March 24th between the University and CUPE 3902, Unit 3, has been ratified by the bargaining unit, and was approved at Business Board on April 4, 2005. CUPE 3902,Unit 3, represents instructors who teach for the University of Toronto on contracts of less than ONE year. There are currently some 600 employees in the bargaining unit; one fifth teach on sessional contracts of 8 months; the majority teach one or two half courses per year and are employed in professional capacities elsewhere; a further one sixth are hourly instructors in music or in writing centres.

We know there are numerous questions about the new Unit 3 agreement, and about how Departments should handle hiring for Summer 2005 and Fall/Winter 2005-2006, with ratification coming at a time when appointments, including some for Summer 2005, are currently in progress.

Please note that any appointments already offered and accepted, or for which letters of offer have been sent, are to be honoured, and will not have to be cancelled and reposted.  Any adjustments to wages, ranks or other changes flowing from the new agreement can subsequently be made as necessary.  Instructions will be provided.

A draft copy of the new Unit 3 Collective Agreement is available at http://www.utoronto.ca/hrhome/draft.pdf , for internal informational use only.  It is not to be distributed to bargaining unit employees in its current form.  Specific directions with respect to the posting and hiring of Sessional Lecturers, including special transitional instructions, can be found at http://www.utoronto.ca/hrhome/instruct.pdf

Information concerning the hiring of Sessional Instructional Assistants (non-student teaching assistants), the process for advancing a Sessional Lecturer I to the rank of Sessional Lecturer II, and other aspects of the new agreement, will be added to the website as they become available.

Departments should, for the most part, be in a position to implement the provisions of the new agreement for their upcoming appointments.  The following information is provided as a general overview.

Course Instructors (Sessional Lecturers)

  • For course instructors, Departments should plan to apply the following hiring criteria:

    Teaching excellence is a crucial component of the academic mission of the University of Toronto. Applicants for positions shall be selected in furtherance of that goal.

    ...In considering the applicants who possess the qualifications required for a position, ability, academic qualifications, currency and mastery of the subject matter, and past teaching experience shall be the criteria used in selection of the most qualified applicant. 

    It is understood and agreed that the University’s desire to provide meaningful academic employment to its recent Ph.D. graduates is important.  Therefore, for the duration of this Collective Agreement, Departments may include this criterion in making hiring decisions.

    When choosing between two qualified candidates who are relatively equal, preference shall be given to the candidate who has the most experience teaching the particular course (or closely related course). In the event that each such candidate has the same experience teaching the course (or closely related course), preference shall be given to the candidate who has taught the course (or closely related course) most recently. 
  • Departments are reminded that while they can, for pedagogic reasons, limit the number of times a specific course may be taught by the same person consecutively, an applicant may not be deemed ineligible for consideration or selection solely because of length or number of prior periods of employment.

  • When selecting among candidates, Departments should give preference in hiring, without prejudice, to applicants who have taught at least 8 half courses in the hiring Department, and who have taught in at least 4 of the past 6 years.  A definition of “Department” for the purposes of preference is included in the informational material available at http://www.utoronto.ca/hrhome/instruct.pdf.  Further information regarding the new ranks of Sessional Lecturer I and Sessional Lecturer II, and the advancement process, will be available shortly.

  • A Department may post a course instructor position to either CUPE 3902 Unit 1 or CUPE 3902 Unit 3, but may not (except for multi-section courses) post to both units at the same time.

Sessional Instructional Assistants

  • Departments should note that in hiring teaching assistants, the preference extended to graduate students or prospective graduate students under the CUPE Local 3902 Unit 1 Collective Agreement takes precedence over hiring Sessional Instructional Assistants (non-student teaching assistants) in Unit 3.  When hiring SIAs in Unit 3, the following hiring criteria should be applied:

    Teaching excellence is a crucial component of the academic mission of the University of Toronto. Subject to the provisions of Article 15:02 [preference for graduate students or prospective graduate students], applicants for positions shall be selected in furtherance of that goal. 

    In considering the applicants who possess the qualifications required for a position, ability, academic qualifications, suitability for the position, and past experience shall be the criteria used in selection of the most qualified applicant.

Writing Centres

  • Terms and conditions with respect to Writing Centre instructors in Unit 3 will be studied by the Labour-Management Committee.  The normal hourly rate of pay for a person employed in a Writing Centre may not be reduced during the life of the Unit 3 agreement, and may not be less than the hourly rate of a Sessional Instructional Assistant.

Both the University and the Union want to see the terms of the new agreement implemented as soon as possible.  We are working hard to provide you with the information and assistance you will need to administer the new CUPE 3902 Unit 3 Collective Agreement.  Workshops supporting the implementation of the new agreement are being planned, and will be announced shortly.

Should you have any questions, or require further assistance, please contact Margaret Bromley, Labour Relations (416-978-6040).


Presentation to PDAD&C April 21, 2005