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Detailed Bargaining Update

Bargaining Update

The APTPUO collective agreement expired August 31, 2016. Your bargaining team has had 13 meetings with the Employer, which represents approximately 40 hours of bargaining over eight months. While a number of minor articles have been signed, we have been unable to make significant progress on outstanding major proposals and the Employer continues to seek serious concessions. As a result, your bargaining team has requested that the provincial government appoint a conciliator to help the parties come to an agreement.
Our first meeting with the conciliator is on Wednesday, September 27. The APTPUO has scheduled a Special General Assembly Tuesday, October 17 to hold a strike vote. A strong strike vote will not necessarily mean that part-time professors at the University of Ottawa will go on strike. Rather, it will help the APTPUO bargaining team negotiate a fair deal with the University.

What does a fair deal mean? We wish to continue removing the “second class” professor status that our members have had to endure for many years. We need greater equality with our full-time counterparts as we teach over 50% of the student population without job security, fair compensation, or recognition. One subtle indication of our exclusion and precarity is that even as a member teaches at the University year after year, the member still needs to have their employee card renewed after every contract.

We seek:
  • Real job security
  • Equal pay for equal work
  • Benefits on par with full-time employees at uOttawa
  • A transparent and effective hiring process
  • To remedy a flawed and punitive evaluation system
  • To ensure that everyone benefits from a Union as a part-time professor
  • Opportunity to participate in the academic governance of the institution


The Association The Employer

3% in year 1 +3% catch-up. 4% increase to vacation pay
Experience bonus of 2% per year up to 10 years after 2 years worked
Severance bonus after 15 years worked
1.25% in year 1, 1.25% in year 2, and 1.5% in year 3

Rationale: The provincial government’s Bill 148 Fair Workplaces, Better Jobs Act intends to improve conditions for non-permanent employees, including vacation.  These increases bring us up to the average rate paid at universities in the region (Carleton, UQO, Queen’s, Ottawa). Contract professors at Carleton recently negotiated 8.1%. for 3 years. The Employer’s offer is well below current rate of inflation. Queen’s includes a similar experience bonus, while UQO offers severance pay in recognition of long-term service.

Duration of agreement

The Association                                                           The Employer
One year Three years

Rationale: Bill 148 stipulates that employees cannot be paid less on the basis of employment status as of April 1, 2018, except where a collective agreement is already in force.

Workload and unpaid work

  The Association      

New compensation for thesis supervision, letters of reference, proctoring exams, investigations, evaluations for TAs. Increase compensation for DFR, new exams, accommodations, and academic fraud.
The Employer

Supervising the work of teaching assistants, markers, and participating in investigations and grade appeals. No additional compensation.

Rationale: Workload has increased significantly over the years without additional compensation for unpaid work such as grade appeals and letters of reference. Compensation for unpaid work that is recognized in the collective agreement (DRF, accommodations, academic fraud) has been frozen for over a decade.

Job Security

The Association      

Offer of indeterminate contract after 6 years for LTAs. Preference for hiring APTPUO members in tenure-track positions.
The Employer

For tenure-track position hires, the University may give APTPUO courses to their spouses.
May never teach a course for which you receive two student evaluations of 3.79 or less
Seniority points only given if course evaluation is 3.8.
Right of first refusal for a course if member obtains and maintains minimum 4.20 in student evaluations.


The Association      

No limit on using sick leave accrued
No limit for tuition fee credits
Option to participate in University’s defined benefit plan, similar to any other part-time or contract employee
Health benefits as per APUO (vision, dental, disability, and life insurance), but in return for accepting generic substitution and co-insurance.
The Employer

Improved maternity and parental leave, sick leave, for LTAs.
Inclusion of hospital coverage and hearing aids in extended health plan, but at cost of generic substitution and co-insurance.

Hiring Process

The Association

A system that qualifies a member for a set of courses at point of hiring. Hiring based on seniority.
The Employer

No Category C applied for first- and second-year undergraduate courses

Rationale: There are too many grievances that result from the current hiring process. We need a system that is fair and transparent.

Evaluation system of teaching

The Association      

Exactly as APUO members
Direct peer review of teaching to be done by Teaching Evaluators (similar to APUO)
The Employer

Increase the minimum evaluation to obtain a seniority point from 3.2 to 3.8
Barred from teaching a course if two consecutive evaluations lower than 3.8 (currently three evaluations, 3.1, and only barred for 2 years)
Category B only if evaluations of 4.2 (currently 4.0)

Rationale: More and more research shows that student evaluations may skew results based on students’ implicit biases, which can lead to lower scores for women, visible minorities, and immigrants. The APUO collective agreement makes sure that a) low scores have to be considered over a multi-year period in order to establish a pattern, and b) other relevant contextual variables for low scores have to be taken into account, such as the type of the course, the nature of course matter, and the size of enrolment.

Union Status

The Association      

No geographic constraint for APTPUO membership.
Inclusion of non-unionized language teachers and Faculty of Law part-time professors.
The Employer

Give APTPUO courses to non-members (“spousal hires”)

Rationale: The Employer has satellite campuses in Toronto and Windsor, where non-unionized part-time professors are paid significantly less and without any benefits or protections. At Ottawa campus, non-unionized language teachers and part-time professors in the Law faculty are being paid just over half of what unionized part-time professors earn, again without any benefits, and with no protections.

Inclusion in academic governance

The Association      

Part-time professor representation on
Faculty councils and the Senate.
         The Employer


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:

Signed Articles - Collective Agreement 2013-2016

Throughout this round of bargaining, the Association and the Employer signed 135 articles since November 2013.

To view the articles, please follow the links below. They are organized based on the dates that they were signed. Unfortunately, they are currently available in the language in which they were written.

14 November 2013 - includes changes to articles 3.6.2, 2, 3.12.3, 5.6.1, 5.10.3, 5.10.2, 10.4, and 5.2.3

26 November 2013- includes changes to articles 3.3.2, 3.3.3, 3.7, and

05 Decemver 2013 - includes changes to articles 3.4.6, 4.3.1, 4.4, and 4.5

19 March 2014 - includes changes to articles 2.4 and 10.8

02 April 2014 - includes changes to articles 2.3, 5.9.1, and 5.10

30 April 2014 - includes changes to articles 10.10 and 10.12

14 May 2014 - includes changes to articles 3.4.5 (new article) and 3.8.2

18 June 2014 - includes changes to articles 2.3.2, 5.2.2, and 6

25 June 2014 - includes changes to articles 3.3.5 and 5.8.5

02 July 2014 - includes changes to articles 2.1.3 and 9.4

09 July 2014 - includes changes to articles 3.13,, 5.5, and 10.17

16 July 2014 - includes changes to articles 5.4, 10.1.1, 10.11, 10.13, 10.14, and 10.15

23 July 2014 - includes changes to articles 7.1, 7.3, and 7.5.2

20 August 2014 - includes changes to articles 2.1, 2.3, 5.1,,, 5.6, 5.8, 5.9.3, 5.13 (Long-Term Appointments), 9.5, 10.5, Salary Offer, Health Plan, and Memorandum of Settlement


Other Documents:


Ratification Meeting Document - Summary of Changes