Renewal Collective Agreement with CUPE 3902 Unit 3

2006-07 HR # 19

To: PDAD&C
From:   Angela Hildyard, Vice President Human Resources and Equity
Date:  March 1, 2007
Subject:   Renewal Collective Agreement with CUPE 3902, Unit 3



I am very pleased to inform you that the agreement reached between the University of Toronto and CUPE 3902 Unit 3, representing Sessional Lecturers, Writing Instructors and Sessional Instructional Assistants (non students) has been ratified by the union’s membership and we are proceeding with implementation.

The following are highlights of the renewal agreement (more complete information will be made available  on the HR website):

Term

This is a three year agreement September 1, 2006 to August 31, 2009.

Minimum Wage Rates

This Collective Agreement does not specify individual wage rates, but instead sets a minimum rate.   Those individuals being paid above the minimum (approximately 30% of Sessional Lecturers) do not receive any automatic increase – however they cannot receive less than the new minimum for their category.

The  adjustments to the wage rates include two components:  an  annual  adjustment, which, as a percentage mirrors the increases previously negotiated with other bargaining units at the University for this time period; a market adjustment that will bring U of T rates closer to those already in place at several other institutions operating within the GTA. 

Sessional Lecturer I

September 1, 2006                   $12,050

September 1, 2007                   $12,550

September 1, 2008                   $13,000

Sessional Lecturer II

September 1, 2006                   $13,050

September 1, 2007                   $13,550

September 1, 2008                   $14,000

(For  new Minimum Wage Rates for all other categories of staff within this bargaining unit please see the HR website).

Writing InstructorsTerms and Conditions of employment

The renewal collective agreement contains several provisions regarding the employment of Writing Instructors.  These provisions mirror, in structure, provisions in place for sessional lectures regarding hiring and selection as well as Advancement (to the Writing Instructor II level), and advancement appeals and review panel. 

Hiring Grievances

The first collective agreement provided the right to file a hiring grievance provided that the position was of at least four months duration* and provided that the applicant has been employed in the hiring department for at least four months within the past twelve  months.  The parties have agreed to extend this right, with the following limitations:

  1. as above, for all positions of at least four months’ duration*  … provided that the applicant has been employed in the hiring department for at least four  months within the past sixteen months.   
  2. For Sessional Lecturer II ONLY

A Sessional Lecturer II who has been employed to teach in the hiring Department within the past five  years,  shall have the  right to file an individual hiring grievance  provided that

a) the department posting the position in dispute is the department that previously advanced the applicant to the Sessional Lecturer II status, and

(b) The applicant has previously taught in the hiring Department the course in question or another version of it.

* Please note that the collective agreement language specifies different time frames for positions for the summer academic session                          

Please join me in offering our congratulations and thanks to the University bargaining team:  Mary Ann Ross, Bill Bowen, Mark Evans, Anne Lancashire, Charles Snow, Chris Lang and Marg Bromley.