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Start-of-semester Social

The Association invites Part-Time Professors to an informal start of the semester social!

As you know already, we are in negotiations for the renewal of our collective agreement. This event will be a good opportunity to take stock of where we are in the negotiations and to communicate the difficulties that we are experiencing in this round.

The event will take place Wednesday, September 20 at 1848 Bar from 16:00 to 19:00. There will be food for everyone. 1848 Bar is located on the second floor of the University Centre, in room UCU 216, at the University of Ottawa.

To ensure that we order enough food, don't hesitate in confirming your attendance either by e-mail ([email protected]) or in person in our office, UCU 142.

Looking forward to seeing you there!

APTPUO Bulletin - Bargaining Update

After nine months of bargaining, the Association is seeking the help of a conciliator from the Ontario Ministry of Labour to seek a fair deal for the renewal of the collective agreement. The collective agreement expired a year ago, August 31, 2016.

If conciliation is unsuccessful to break the impasse, either party may ask the government for a ‘’no board’’ report with a legal strike or lockout to follow.

Some progress in bargaining has been made on a number of minor issues, including anti-harassment language, the grievances procedure, payment for training on new information technology, and the provision of general liability insurance. 

Despite these productive conversations, the employer has thus far rebuffed our significant efforts to obtain equal pay and equal benefits for equal work, substantial improvements in job security, and better working conditions. The university also continues to reject our reasonable demands for an evaluation system of teaching on par with those of full-time professors and the right of part-time professors to have representation on the university’s governance bodies.

Our bargaining demands were formulated on the basis of a bargaining survey that saw a record high response from over 400 members. The proposals were discussed and adopted at several membership meetings last year. Most recently, the membership affirmed the importance of these proposals at the general membership meeting on April 6.

While the employer has withdrawn a number of concessionary proposals, they still seek the flexibility to hire non-unionized labour and hold on to a draconian proposal that would see members lose the ability to teach a course if they receive a course evaluation below 3.79 twice.

Bad Faith Bargaining Complaint

The APTPUO was also forced to file a bad faith bargaining complaint to the Ontario Labour Relations Board that the University of Ottawa has violated the statutory freeze on working conditions during negotiations for a new collective agreement. As you may be aware, article 5.5 obliges the employer to present changes of minimum required qualifications to the Association with justifications and to get the Association’s approval on these.

The employer imposed new requirements this summer for hiring part-time professors in a number of faculties without obtaining the prior consent per the statutory freeze during negotiations. One of these new requirements allows departments to disqualify part-time professors for a course, even if she or he had taught the course satisfactorily in the past.

Our initial efforts to resolve the situation failed as the University refused to undo the changes to the postings. When they also failed to assure the union that no other changes to job requirements had been made, the Association was left with no other option to preserve the integrity of the collective bargaining process.

In its response to the OLRB, the University admits that it made changes to 1,248 job postings over the past three years, but failed to uphold its obligation to engage the Association in these changes more than 95% of the time. The employer, in violating the collective agreement in this way, has contributed to a lack of confidence in the bargaining process.

We want to make sure that the employer fully complies with the statutory freeze during bargaining, but we are also asking the Board to make sure the University compensates those members who have lost work as a result of these illegal changes.

Next Steps

We will schedule a special general meeting at the end of the month to discuss the actions we collectively need to undertake to obtain a fair collective agreement. The APTPUO will also reach out to other campus unions and student associations. We have also indicated to the employer our willingness to continue with bargaining until a conciliator is appointed.

In the meantime, please continue checking your e-mail and the website (www.aptpuo.ca) for further updates about the latest developments.

APTPUO Bulletin - September 2017

Welcome!

As the new academic year begins, the Association wishes you the best of luck with your courses and your other scholarly activities. Be sure to continue reading our Newsletters and emails to remain up to date about important deadlines, benefits, upcoming meetings, and events. For more information on the Association of Part-Time Professors, take a regular look at our website.

Part-Time Professor of the Year Award – Deadline October 31

In partnership with the University of Ottawa and the Alumni Association, the Association of Part-Time Professors is opening nominations for the Part-Time Professor of the Year Award 2016. The deadline to submit candidatures is October 31. All submissions must be submitted in person at the APTPUO Office (UCU124).

For more information on the Part-Time Professor of the Year Award, please visit our website.

Keeping Track of Seniority Points – Deadline October 10

The Seniority List was published by the University in July. The points on the website are up to date as of July 2017, so any courses ending after July are not included. As well, the points collected for the 2016-17 academic year are not recorded.

If you have not already done so, verify the list to ensure that your seniority points match the report. In case of error, please send a notice of disagreement that includes your name, employee number, uOttawa email address, and contact information to [email protected] no later than October 10. Please also include a record of your courses taught, and cc the Association when you send it.

To view the Seniority List, please visit the Human Resources website.

Publication of the Fall 2017 Hiring Report – September 30

The University will publish the Fall 2017 Hiring Report on September 30. It will be available here.

If you applied unsuccessfully for a course, you can review the report and the successful candidate’s 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 October to file a complaint.

Fall 2017 Tuition Fee Credit – Deadline September 30

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

The Tuition Fee Credit Plan reimburses a portion the tuition fees for students registered at uOttawa who are the child or the spouse of a Part-Time Professor. If the Part-Time Professor is a part-time student at uOttawa, they too may apply for the credit.

To apply, go to HR’s Infodesk, located in Tabaret Hall, room 019, and complete the application form. 

For more information, please visit our website.

Medical Plan – Deadline September 30

Members holding appointments during the Fall 2017 session may opt into the medical plan at the time of appointment for a period of twelve months. The deadline to opt into the plan for this session is September 30.

To opt into the medical plan, contact Human Resources at 613.562.5832 or [email protected]. 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’s 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 having to pay all contributions at once later in the semester.

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 lost your card, or if you are a new employee, you can get a new one with Human Resources. Please visit HR’s Infodesk, located in Tabaret Hall, room 019.

Departmental Representatives

Each year, each Department elects a part-time professor representative to sit on the Departmental Assemblies. If you are interested in becoming a representative, or if you would like more information, please contact your Department or the office of the Association. Department representatives receive one seniority point per academic year for their service.

APTPUO Bulletin - July 2017

Academic and Professional Development Fund (ADPF).

As you know, part-time professors have access to research grants, publications and conferences through the Academic and Professional Development Fund (ADPF).

The Deadline for the submission of an application for the Fall semester will be August 1st 2017. Applications can be submitted electronically using the form at www.fdap.aptpuo.ca.

For more information about the ADPF, please visit our website: www.aptpuo.ca

Keeping Track of Seniority Points – Deadline October 10

The Seniority List was published by the University in July. The points on the website are up-to-date as of June 30, 2017, so any courses ending after this date are not included. As well, the points collected for the 2016-17 academic year are not recorded (article 5.8.1 b).

If you have not already done so, verify the list to ensure that your seniority points match the report. In case of error, please send a notice of disagreement that includes your name, employee number, uOttawa email address, and contact information to [email protected] no later than October 10. Please also include a record of your courses taught, and cc the Association when you send it.

To view the Seniority List, please visit the University of Ottawa website or look on our website.

APTPUO Bulletin - June 2017

Be aware of job posting changes

As you know, the minimum requirements presented during job postings cannot be modified without having first been agreed upon by the Association and the Employer (Article 5.5. of the Collective Agreement)

It has been brought to our attention that in many departments the minimum requirements have been unilaterally modified by the Employer without the consent of the Association. If you notice any changes in job postings, we ask that you communicate with us immediately.

Possible reimbursement of $200 for SASS accommodations

Did you know that you are entitled to a compensation when you accommodate students through the Student Academic Success Service (SASS)?

Indeed, according to article 5.2.2.c) of the Collective Agreement:
“When a member is requested to assist with accommodation measures for students during in-class examination and that such accommodation is arranged through the Student Access Service Centre and involves additional e-mail, telephone or in-person support on the part of the member, he/she shall be paid upon request an amount of $200 per course for such accommodation assistance.”

You will find the link for the reimbursement form here.

Don’t hesitate to communicate with us if you have questions about this process.

Diversity and equity committee: focus group

You are invited to participate in a focus group organized by the University of Ottawa’s Diversity and Equity Committee. The objective of this focus group is to hear from part-time professors and in particular to hear their concerns about working conditions and issues pertaining to diversity and equity.

Focus group :
Where: Fauteux hall, room 135
When: June 21 4-6 p.m.
Who: All part-time professors

This initiative is a part of President Jacques Frémont’s Committee that wishes the University of Ottawa would set the example for diversity and inclusion. The Committee has sent out a quantitative survey to the university community and will also conduct a qualitative study.