2023 Bargaining Reopeners

On Wednesday, Sept 6 and Thursday, Sept 7, the union will host a vote to ratify the following changes to the contract for years 2021-2024.

1. A Change to Appendix A: Position Classification in the Bargaining Unit (website link)


The change brings some centre directors (administrative code C4) who don’t evaluate faculty back into our bargaining unit. This helps ensure more faculty can benefit from the collective bargaining process, and are not erroneously prohibited from the benefits provided for under the CBA or union representation for grievance and arbitration procedures.

2. A Change to BOT-UFF Policy on Employee Performance Evaluation (website link)


The change adds the following line to the policy: “The teaching evaluation may not be based primarily on student sources 36 when additional sources have been made available to the evaluator(s).” This change brings our contract in line with other contracts across the state university system, protects faculty from the well-known harms associated with tenure/promotion being too closely tied to student evaluations, and will help ensure faculty feel empowered to continue to uphold high standards and academic integrity in their classrooms.

3. A change to the Salary Article (website link)


Effective in the first pay period after the contract is ratified by the faculty and the BOT, the salary article now provides faculty who received at least a “satisfactory” evaluation last year with:

    1. A $3,000 inflationary relief bonus
    2. For 9-month faculty, a 5% or $5,000 raise, whichever is greater; or
    3. For 12-month faculty, a 5% or $6,692.31 raise, whichever is greater.

This translates to an average raise of 6.3% for our unit. With the lowest paid members of our bargaining receiving more than a 10% raise.

Ratification Details:

The ratification vote will be held on September 6th and 7th from 9-3pm at MMC, BBC, and the Engineering School. In anticipation of a successful ratification vote, the union will also host a ratification happy hour on the 7th at Chilli’s from 4:30-6pm.

The voting station at BBC will be on the first floor of the Wolfe University Center (WUC), in the wide East-West corridor, at table #4, near the entrance to the BBC Dining Commons.

The voting station at MMC, on the first floor of the Green Library (GL), at the bottom of the escalators.

The voting station at the Engineering Center, in the first-floor lobby of the Engineering Center (EC), near the Cafe Bustelo.

Ratification Meeting(s) Wednesday, August, 30th

The union will also be hosting two ratification meetings, where all in unit faculty are welcome to ask questions about the changes to the contract. To maximise attendance and accessibility, the ratification meetings will be held on zoom on Wednesday, August 30th from 2-3pm AND from 5-6pm. A zoom link will be distributed early next week.

We would like to thank both bargaining teams for the hard work they’ve put in over the past seven months, and look forward to engaging with our colleagues on the important issues that we continue to face.

In solidarity,
Eric Scarffe

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