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APTPUO Workshop on Resume Writing

Next Wednesday, the APTPUO is organizing a workshop on how to write strong resumes. Members are invited to learn about what the University looks for in a resume when hiring part-time professors.
We encourage you to bring your resume and examples of job postings that you would like to apply for since this workshop has the goal of ensuring that these skills can be put into practice.

Facilitator: Pascal Sergent, APTPUO Francophone Grievance Officer

Wednesday, March 18 at 5:30pm in the Faculty of Social Sciences building (120 University Private), room 5028

Bilingual workshop.

We hope to see you there!

The APTPUO stands in solidarity with our colleagues in Quebec

The Association of Part-Time Professors of the University of Ottawa (APTPUO), a union representing 1,800 contract professors who teach about half of all undergraduate courses at the University of Ottawa, express our solidarity with all professors in Quebec who are facing an unacceptable regime of austerity.

Under Philippe Couillard’s Liberal Government, University and Cégep professors are facing cuts to courses, a reduction in salaries particularly targeted at the most precarious professors, an increase in tasks without additional compensation, and an elimination of privileges and social benefits. With these austerity policies, it is clear that learning institutions are no longer a priority for this Quebec government. It is a problem that affects professors in Quebec as well as professors across the country. We will not accept a culture in which cuts to education become the norm.

Cuts to programs and courses in Quebec are not only a Quebecois affair. The current assault on post-secondary education is part of a larger ideology aiming to reduce the importance of the public sector as well as to reduce the role of the state in society. The effects of the cuts on the quality of education are undeniable. A good number of APTPUO members who also teach in Quebec are directly affected by these policies of austerity.

Austerity policies have not demonstrated their efficiency or their utility in countries that practice them. They are solely ideological decisions. It is a question of priority and now is the time that we need to prioritize and invest in public education, and not privatization.

It is for those reasons that we stand in solidarity with our colleagues in Quebec during these difficult times. We will not accept cuts to education, we will refuse the politics of austerity. The struggle for high-quality, public education continues!

To learn more, please visit the websites of our colleagues at the FNEEQ and the CSN: http://refusons.org/

In solidarity,

The Association of Part-Time Professors of the University of Ottawa

Important Announcements

Grievance and Arbitration Victories

The Association continues to defend the rights of its members on a daily basis. At the Annual General Meeting last November, the Association spoke about around twenty partial or total victories within the grievance process throughout the 2014 year. The vast majority of these files touch on the lack of respect of the Employer in relation to the hiring process.

Since that General Assembly, the Association has been successful in an additional three cases, all pertaining to the hiring process.

For two of the cases, the members will receive financial compensation and one seniority point for the courses they should have received but didn’t because the Employer did not respect the course limit (15 credits over two consecutive sessions).
In the other case, the Association partially succeeded in questioning the Employer’s position on their lack of respect for the hiring process. The member received a financial compensation of half the worth of the contract and one seniority point.

The Association would like to take the opportunity to remind members that it’s important to bring all violations of the Collective Agreement to our attention. You are always welcome to contact the Association for assistance
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Publication of the Winter 2015 Hiring Report - January 30 2015

The University will publish the Winter 2015 Hiring Report on January 30 2015. It will be available here.
 
If you applied unsuccessfully for a course, you can review the report and the successful candidates' category and seniority points. If you believe that the hiring process was not respected, you can contact the Association by replying to this email or by visiting the "Contact Us" page
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You have until the end of February 2015 to file a complaint.

 

Change in prescription drug coverage for APTPUO members who are age 65 or older

During the most recent round of bargaining, the Association was successful in extending the medical plan for members from 65 years to 71 years. On February 1, 2015, prescription drug coverage for APTPUO members will be changed to make the University of Ottawa’s Extended Health Insurance Plan the second payer for prescription drug coverage.
 
Ontario residents
 
If you live in Ontario, this change will be transparent. The coordination between the Ontario Drug Benefit (ODB) program (the first payer) and the University’s Extended Health Insurance Plan (the second payer) will be done automatically at the pharmacy.
 
Québec residents
 
As of February 1, 2015, if you are a Québec resident and age 65 or older, you must be registered with the Régie de l’assurance maladie du Québec (RAMQ) for basic drug coverage so that you are also eligible for supplementary drug coverage under the University’s plan.  Depending on your situation, you may need to take action as a result of this change.
 
If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to contact us.

 

Additional Compensation – Accommodations and supplemental examinations

The Association and the Employer are in ongoing discussions in relation to accommodation requests and supplementary examinations. In the latter case, minor details remain to be addressed, but an agreement of the interpretation of Article 5.2.2.1 should be released shortly. The Association will communicate the agreement as soon as possible.
However, in the first case, major differences remain despite ongoing discussions. The Association is considering its options while continuing the discussion and will inform members once there is more information.

 

Department Representatives (Union Council)

The Association recognizes the importance of Department Representatives across campus. Each Department for which Part-Time Professors teach 36 credits or more has at least one part-time professor that represents them at the Department Assembly. The strength of these representatives shows the importance of part-time professors at various levels of the University. We have started to work with the Department Representatives to ensure better communication between the Association and part-time professors in all departments.
 
Please take a look at our current list of Department Representatives. If your Department has a vacancy and you are interested in participating in this work, please get in touch with us.
Department Representatives have access to one seniority point for this contribution.

Joint Committees – Vacant Positions

The Pension Plan Committee and the Health and Safety Committee are looking for part-time professors to participate as representatives. By sitting on the committees, you will have access to one seniority point for that work. If you are interested in being a representative on either of these committees, please let us know by contacting the Association.  

 

Changes to University of Ottawa Library Borrowing Privileges for APTPUO members

To: APTPUO members
From: University of Ottawa Library
Subject: Changes to Borrowing Privileges
 
Further to the 2014 APTPUO and uOttawa collective agreement negotiations, APTPUO members will have the following borrowing privileges as of Monday, January 12th, 2015:
 
Borrow up to 100 items for the session (subject to recalls) with up to 2 renewals.
Please note that materials already on loan must be brought to a circulation desk in order for the loan period to be extended until the end of the term.  Otherwise, renewals online will continue to be for the 28-day loan period (maximum 11 times), until the materials are returned.
 
For more information or if you have questions, please contact the Library at: http://biblio.uottawa.ca/en/research-help/ask-question

 

OCUFA announces online learning workshop

OCUFA is pleased to announce an upcoming workshop designed to help faculty members develop high-quality online courses while protecting academic freedom and intellectual property. The Faculty Leadership in E-Learning Workshop will be held on March 20, 2015 at the Westin Harbour Castle in Toronto.
 
Join us for a day of discussion, skill-building, and action for faculty members interested in e-learning. This OCUFA workshop will focus on the opportunities for pedagogical improvement created by online learning and the challenges associated with deploying new learning technologies to improve educational outcomes, not institutional bottom lines. The workshop will be action oriented, gathering information from participants and working towards the development of an action plan for professors, academic librarians, and faculty associations across the province.
 
Of interest to faculty who are engaged in issues relating to online pedagogy as well as chief negotiators and bargaining team members, this workshop is your chance to reflect, engage, and work for positive change. Register today!

Changes to uOttawa Library Borrowing Privileges for APTPUO members

To: APTPUO members
From: University of Ottawa Library
Subject: Changes to Borrowing Privileges
 
Further to the 2014 APTPUO and uOttawa collective agreement negotiations, APTPUO members will have the following borrowing privileges as of Monday, January 12th, 2015:
 
Borrow up to 100 items for the session (subject to recalls) with up to 2 renewals.
Please note that materials already on loan must be brought to a circulation desk in order for the loan period to be extended until the end of the term.  Otherwise, renewals online will continue to be for the 28-day loan period (maximum 11 times), until the materials are returned.
 
For more information or if you have questions, please contact the Library at: http://biblio.uottawa.ca/en/research-help/ask-question

Important 2015 Deadlines

Welcome Back!


As the New Year begins, the Association wishes you the best of luck with your courses. Be sure to continue reading our Newsletters and emails to be up to date on important deadlines, benefits, and upcoming events. For more information on the Association of Part-Time Professors, please take a look at our website.
 

Publication of the Winter 2015 Hiring Report - January 30 2015


The University will publish the Winter 2015 Hiring Report on January 30 2015. It will be available here.

If you applied unsuccessfully for a course, you can review the report and the successful candidates' category and seniority points. If you believe that the hiring process was not respected, you can contact the Association by replying to this email or by visiting the "Contact Us" page.

You have until the end of February 2015 to file a complaint.

 

Winter 2015 Tuition Fee Credit - Deadline January 30 2015


If you wish to apply for the Tuition Fee Credit Plan, you have until January 30 2015 to do so.

The Tuition Fee Credit Plan reimburses a portion of a student's tuition fees if registered at the University of Ottawa, and if the student is the child or the spouse of a Part-Time Professor. If the Part-Time Professor is a part-time student at the University of Ottawa, they may apply for the credit.

To apply, go to Human Resources' Infodesk, located in Tabaret Hall, room 019 and complete the application form.

For more information, please visit our website.

 

Extended Health Insurance Plan - Deadline January 30 2015


Members holding appointments during the Winter 2015 session, may opt into the medical plan at the time of appoinment for a period of twelve months. The deadline to opt into the plan for this session is January 30 2015.

To opt into the medical plan, contact Human Resources at 613-562-5832 or [email protected] before January 30 2015. For more information on the medical plan through Manulife, please visit our website or the Human Resources website.

 

Pension Plan

APTPUO members, who have worked during the previous calendar year, have access to the University-administered APTPUO Pension Plan. 

To enroll in the plan, contact Human Resources directly at 613-562-5832 or [email protected] or visit HR's Infodesk, located in Tabaret Hall, room 019.

There is no deadline to enroll in the plan. However, the Association strongly encourages members to enroll at the beginning of the session to avoid paying all of the contributions at once.

 

Employee Card


Your employee card gives you access to the services at the University (library, gym, etc.). It also gives you access to discounts through the Privileges program. If you have lost your card, or if you are a new employee, you can receive a new card with Human Resources.
 

Additional Leaves


Bill 21, adopted by the Legislature of Ontario in April 2014, made significant changes to the Employment Standards Act of Ontario (ESA).
Employees covered by the ESA are entitled to the following leaves:

These leaves are usually not paid, and the length of the leaves depends on the nature of the leave. Click the links above for more information about each leave.
Part-time Professors may request the aforementioned leaves by contacting their department (or faculty if no department).
If the request is denied, contact the Association immediately. The Association will provide assistance.