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.

APTPUO Bulletin - May 2017

Publication of the Spring/Summer 2017 Hiring Report

The University has published the Spring/Summer 2017 Hiring Report. It is available here: https://erp-forms.uottawa.ca/uohmsweb/Reports_aptpuo.aspx?lang=en
 
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 May 2017 to file a complaint.

Part-Time Professor of the Year Award – Deadline October 31, 2017

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 2017. The deadline to submit candidates is October 31. All submissions must be handed in at the APTPUO Office (UCU124).

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

APTPUO Bulletin - March 2017

General Application - March 31 2017

Remember that the deadline to submit a general application is Friday, March 31 2017 in accordance with Article 5.6.4 of the Collective Agreement.

General applications are considered by the University when no qualified candidates have applied for a specific course or when they need to hire a part-time professor at the last-minute. Following the last round of bargaining, the Association successfully negotiated that members who submit a general application before 31 March of each year as per Article 5.6.4, regardless of whether they teach a course, shall continue to maintain their membership status and seniority points.

How to file a general application:
  • choose the "Apply without posting" option on the main postings page (or visit the website);
  • log in;
  • select a session;
  • select the appropriate Faculty and Academic Unit;
  • indicate the number of courses you wish to teach in a session in the box;
  • update your record of employment under Teaching UO and/or Other Teaching tabs;
  • submit your application and C.V.;
  • repeat for every academic unit for which you would like to teach and for each session.
You can also check the box “To submit a general application prior to March 31st, please check this box” under the “Job Postings” tab when submitting a general application before March 31st 2017. This application is considered as a general application. For more information, please visit our website.
 

APTPUO Workshop on Resume Writing

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, VP-external and Greer Knox, English Grievance Officer

WHEN : Thursday, March 16th, 2017 – First Workshop at 12:00PM and a second one will be present at 4:00PM.

WHERE : 30, Stewart street, room 207

A Lunch and beverages will be served. 


Bilingual workshop.

We hope to see you there!

APTPUO Bulletin - January 2017

Important deadlines and other news

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.
 
2017-2018 BUDGET DEBATE
 
The University of Ottawa has proposed across the board cuts, including extensive cuts to the library. In response the APUO will be conducting an analysis of university’s finances and inviting the employer to a debate on the 2017-2018 budget on the following question:
 
Is the proposed budget consistent with the University of Ottawa’s academic mandate?
  
Where: DMS 12102, 55 Laurier, University of Ottawa
When:  Wednesday January 25, 12 noon-12:50pm (TBC)
 
A light lunch will be served, please RSVP to help us to plan accordingly.
 
Please come prepared with questions for either side. We have invited each side to present their views on the proposed budget. A question period will follow the opening arguments and rebuttals on each side.
 
Occupational Health and Safety Committee
 
We are currently looking for two (2) members to participate in the University Health and Safety Committee to represent APTPUO.
 
Here are the dates for the next committee meetings:
 
- 25 January 2017: 9 am to 11 am
- 15 March 2017: 9 am to 11 am
- 10 May 2017: 9 am to 11 am
- 5 July 2017: 9 am to 11 am
 
An honorarium of $ 60 will be awarded upon receipt of the minutes and meeting notes.
 
Contact us if you are interested or if you need more information!
 
Publication of the Hiring Report - January 30 2016
 
The University will publish the Winter 2017 Hiring Report on January 30. 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 to file a complaint.
 
Tuition Fee Credit - Deadline January 30
 
If you wish to apply for the Tuition Fee Credit Plan, you have until January 30 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
 
Members holding appointments during the Winter 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 January 30.
 
To opt into the medical plan, contact Human Resources at 613-562-5832 or [email protected] before January 30. 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.
 

APTPUO Bulletin - November 2016

APTPUO Professor of the Year Award

The APTPUO is pleased to announce that the Part-Time Professor of the year award for goes to Dr. Richard Clayman of the Faculty of Management. The presentation will take place on Friday, November 25 at 2:30pm in FSS 4004.
 
For further information, you can contact the office of the Association.
** If you have any specific accommodation requirements, please let us know.
The meeting will be held in a physically accessible room.

 

** AGM REMINDER **

Annual General Membership Meeting
Friday, November 25, 2016 at 6:00 p.m.
Desmarais building, Room 12102

Dinner will be available.

SIMULTANEOUS TRANSLATION PROVIDED

Get to know other Part-Time Professors, hear the year-end reports, and vote on important issues including elections of the 2017 Board of Directors and Bargaining Committee.

AGENDA

  1. Introduction
  2. Adoption of the agenda
  3. Adoption of minutes
  4. Report of the President
  5. Report of the Bargaining Committee
  6. Annual Budget and Audit
  7. Elections:
    1. Board of Directors
    2. Bargaining Committee
  8. Dedicated Service Award
  9. Member proposal
  10. Adjournment

 

RALLY TO STOP THE LIBRARY CUTS!

SAVE THE LIBRARY!

Rally to stop the library cuts!
Wednesday, November 30, noon, in front of the Morisset Library

The Morisset Library is on the chopping block. The University of Ottawa is planning to cut almost $2 million from the Library collection budget.

Libraries are knowledge banks essential to teaching and research.

March with us to Tabaret Hall! We can’t let the administration cut our library!

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/events/202345013548193/

Thank you for your support!
APUO, GSAÉD, CUPE 2626, APTPUO, SFUO, SSUO, SEIU

APTPUO Bulletin - October 2016

APTPUO Committees – Vacant Positions

Following new bylaws adopted at the Annual General Meeting, the APTPUO is inviting interested members to send a resume and cover letter to [email protected] for one of the following committees:

Finance Committee

The Finance Committee shall advise the Board of Directors on the Association’s annual budget, the audit of the Association's finances, and the setting of membership fees. The Finance Committee shall become familiar with the University’s fiscal policy and provide a summary of the University

Awards Committee

The Awards committee is responsible for the annual APTPUO Professor of the Year award, as well as awarding the APTPUO student grants. The Committee provides policy advice on the Academic and Professional Development travel grants.

Political Action Committee

The Committee advises the Board of Directors on campaigns and actions that defend the rights and interests of members and that promote the quality and accessibility of post-secondary education.

Equity Committee

The Equity Committee advises the Board of Directors concerning policies, guidelines, best practices, and actions in regards to equity within the Association and the University. 

Each member participating on a Committee shall receive a $60 honorarium per meeting

Preserve uOttawa's library holdings

The University of Ottawa announced in September 2016 that it plans to cancel its subscription to thousands of print and online journals, including 2,123 journals by Taylor & Francis and 2,368 journals by Springer. Professors and students alike depend on these library resources, which are critically important for education, training and research at the University of Ottawa. Professor Jules Blais from the Department of Biology has launched a petition requesting that the University of Ottawa preserve its library holdings. The petition results will be sent to the uOttawa Senate and the Board of Governors, the University's main governing bodies.

Please take a moment to sign the petition:
https://www.change.org/p/the-university-of-ottawa-senate-preserve-uottawa-s-library-holdings

CAUT - Sign a Pledge of Solidarity

Today, about one third of all academic staff in post-secondary institutions in Canada struggle to find decent work. The Canadian Association of University Teachers’ annual Fair Employment Week campaign to defend contract and precarious academic employment is seeking petition signatures. To sign the pledge of solidarity and support contract workers in Canada, or to learn more about the campaign and issues, please visit http://www.caut.ca/issues-and-campaigns/fairness-for-contract-academic-staff/fair-employment-week-2016.

APTPUO Bulletin - September 2016

Important Information: Hiring Report, Announcements, Upcoming Events, and More

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.

Social

The Association invites Part-Time Professors to an informal start of the semester social!
The event will take place on Thursday, September 29 at Café Nostalgica from 5:00pm to 7:00pm. We will be providing a fixed dinner in good company. Café Nostalgica is located on 603 Cumberland Street in Ottawa.

Looking forward to seeing you there! 

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 candidates is October 31. All submissions must be handed in 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 2016, so any courses ending after July are not included. As well, the points collected for the 2015-16 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 2016 Hiring Report – September 30

The University will publish the Fall 2015 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 2016 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 of a student’s tuition fees if registered at uOttawa, 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 uOttawa, they 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 2016 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 elect 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 - March 2016

General Application

Remember that the deadline to submit a general application is Tuesday, March 31 2016 in accordance with Article 5.6.4 of the Collective Agreement.

General applications are considered by the University when no qualified candidates have applied for a specific course or when they need to hire a part-time professor at the last-minute. Following the last round of bargaining, the Association successfully negotiated that members who submit a general application before 31 March of each year as per Article 5.6.4, regardless of whether they teach a course, shall continue to maintain their membership status and seniority points.

How to file a general application:

  • choose the "Apply without posting" option on the main postings page (or visit the website);
  • log in;
  • select a session;
  • select the appropriate Faculty and Academic Unit;
  • indicate the number of courses you wish to teach in a session in the box;
  • update your record of employment under Teaching UO and/or Other Teaching tabs;
  • submit your application and C.V.;
  • repeat for every academic unit for which you would like to teach and for each session.

You can also check the box “To submit a general application prior to March 31st, please check this box” under the “Job Postings” tab when submitting a general application before March 31st 2015. This application is considered as a general application. For more information, please visit our website.

 

General Membership Meeting

General Membership Meeting
Tuesday, April 5, 2016 at 6:00 p.m.

FSS 4007
Faculty of Social Sciences Building
120 University Private, 4th floor
Dinner will be served at 5:30p.m.


The current collective agreement expires on 31 August 2016. Come and discuss the bargaining proposals that the Bargaining Committee has prepared for the upcoming round of negotiations with the University.
AGENDA

  1. Introduction
  2. Adoption of the agenda
  3. Adoption of minutes
  4. Discussion of APTPUO bargaining proposals
  5. Adjournment

Important Information: Hiring Report, Announcements, Upcoming Events, and More!

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.
 

Deadlines

Keeping Track of Your Seniority Points - September 15, 2015

The Seniority List was published by the University in July 2015. The points on the website are up-to-date as of July 2015, so any courses ending after July are not included. As well, the points collected for the 2014-15 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 September 15, 2015. 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 under “Printable versions.”
 
Publication of Fall 2015 Hiring Report – September 30, 2015

The University will publish the Fall 2015 Hiring Report on September 30th 2015. 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 2015 to file a complaint.
 
Deadline to apply for the Tuition Fee Credit – September 30 2015

If you wish to apply for the Tuition Fee Credit Plan, you have until September 30, 2015 to do so.
 
The Tuition Fee Credit Plan reimburses a portion of a student’s tuition fees if registered at uOttawa, 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 uOttawa, they 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 – Opt In Before September 30 2015

Members holding appointments during the Fall 2015 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 2015.
 
To opt into the medical plan, contact Human Resources at 613-562-5832 or [email protected] before September 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’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.
 
Part-Time Professor of the Year Award 2015 – Deadline to apply is October 16, 2015

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 2015.
 
The deadline to submit candidates is Friday, October 16, 2015. All submissions must be handed in at the APTPUO Office (University Center, Room 124).
 
For more information on the Part-Time Professor of the Year Award, please visit our website.
 

Important Information

Employee Cards

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.
 
Department Representatives

Each year, each Departments elect 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.
 
Arbitrator’s Decision on Supplementary Examinations as per 5.2.2.1 of the Collective Agreement

The Association launched a grievance on behalf of members who requested $150 compensation as per 5.2.2.1 for having created a new exam for students who had missed the regular exam during the semester. The arbitrator agreed with the union’s interpretation of this clause in the Collective Agreement. The arbitrator clarified such requests for compensation as follows:
  1. Members need to ask for written permission to create a new exam for students who missed the regular exam. The Department or Faculty cannot withhold the approval for a new exam unreasonably;
  2. The exam must have a value of at least 25% of the final mark;
  3. The new exam must be substantially different from the original exam administered to the class.
You can find the arbitrator’s decision here.
 
Letter of Understanding on Payments for Supplementary Work Related to Student Accommodation Measures (Article 5.2.2.2c)

The Association and the University have negotiated a Letter of Understanding to clarify 5.2.2.2c for additional work related to student accommodation measures. The University has agreed to compensate $200 per course to all members who made requests in the Fall 2014 semester and in the Winter 2015 semester.

To clarify the procedures for future requests, the University has agreed to provide a standardized form that Members shall fill out. To receive compensation, a member shall show on the form that the cumulative work on accommodation measures related to in-class examinations shall be approximately 60 minutes. This includes the time spent filling out the form (maximum 15 minutes).

For further information, you can find the Letter of Understanding here.
 
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:

             Personal emergency leave
             Family medical leave
             Organ donor leave
             Family caregiver leave
             Critically ill child care leave
             Crime-related child death or disappearance leave
             Reservist leave

These leaves are usually not paid, and the length of the leaves depends on the nature of the leave. For more information on any of the above provincial leaves, or any of the leaves outlined in the Collective Agreement, please visit the University’s website.

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.
 

Upcoming Events

APTPUO Orientation Sessions – September 22 & 24, 2015

The Association has organized two Orientation Sessions for both new and returning part-time professors. We hope that you will join us on either of the dates to meet and greet your colleagues, discuss important aspects of our teaching work, as well as answer any questions you may have about the Association and your rights as a member.
 

Tuesday, September 22, 2015 from 11:45am to 1:30pm in the Faculty of Social Sciences Building (FSS), room 5028

Thursday, September 24, 2015 from 5:45pm to 7:00pm in the Faculty of Social Sciences Building (FSS), room 4006


Both sessions will be bilingual and snacks will be provided. If you require any specific accommodation requirements, please let us know. The meeting will be held in a physically accessible room.

Hope to see you there!
 
Bargaining Committee Feedback Sessions – October 1, 7, & 14, 2015

Yes, the 2013-2016 Collective Agreement was only ratified last fall but it is time to start thinking about negotiations again! The APTPUO’s Bargaining Committee would like your feedback on the current Collective Agreement as well as any issues you think should be included for bargaining. We are hosting three feedback sessions throughout the month of October in order to gain comments from members like you.
 

Thursday, October 1, 2015 from 12:15pm to 2:00pm in Tabaret Hall’s (TBT) Senate Room, room 083

Wednesday, October 7, 2015 from 2:15pm to 4:00pm in the Faculty of Social Sciences Building (FSS), room 5028

Wednesday, October 14, 2015 from 5:45pm to 7:00pm, Graduate Students’ Building (GSA / Café Nostalgica), third floor, room 307


All three sessions will be bilingual and snacks will be provided.  If you require any specific accommodation requirements, please let us know. The meeting will be held in a physically accessible room.

We can’t wait to see you!
 
Keep Education Public Week 2015

Keep Education Public Week is a joint initiative between multiple unions on campus, including the Student Federation, the Graduate Students’ Association, the Association of Professors, and CUPE 2626. Details will be announced in the coming weeks and the events have the goal of bringing about discussions on post-secondary education, its governance, contract employment, and the issues of corporatization and privatization.
 

Keep Education Week – October 5th to 9th 2015


We hope that you will join us in these discussions with students, faculty, and staff. Keep your eyes open for event details in the weeks to come!
 
APTPUO’s Annual General Assembly – December 4, 2015

The Association’s Board of Directors has called its Annual General Assembly.


This meeting will be held:
Friday, December 4, 2015 at 6:00pm
Faculty of Social Sciences Building (FSS), room 4007


The General Assembly will be bilingual and dinner will be provided. If you require any specific accommodation requirements, please let us know. The meeting will be held in a physically accessible room.

More information will be provided closer to the date of the Assembly.

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
.

 

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.

 

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!

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.