Info APTPUO 37: 9 December 2013

IMPORTANT: Active postings - December 2013

To install an important IT upgrade, the University must end the publishing of all postings before 13 December 2013.

No posting for the Winter 2014 will be published or will be available after this date.

Furthermore, postings currently active will be published for a shorter period to end before 13 December 2013.

Please check active Winter 2014 postings right now at https://web30.uottawa.ca/v3/uohmsweb/aptpuo.aspx?lang=en.

General Assembly: 22 NOV 2013, 6:30PM AGA2013

Election Results

Board of Directors

The election of three officers was held at the AGM.

The results are as follows:

  1. Lawrence Harris
  2. Shelley Rabinovitch
  3. Greer Knox
  4. Pierre-Luc Landry and Pascal Sergent (tied)
  5. - - -
  6. Marc Kapenda
  7. Sheri Zhang

The Constitution provides that the three candidates with the most votes will serve on the Board of Directors. The 4th and 5th candidates are nominated substitutes and will sit on the Board in case of vacancies.

Portfolios will be assigned to members of the Board shortly. The Association will inform the membership as soon as possible.

Bargaining Committee

A resolution calling for the extension of the mandate of the members of the Bargaining Committee for a year was adopted by the assembly.

Committee composition remains unchanged.

Members of this committee are:

  • Robert Johnson
  • Noureddine Mouelhi
  • Greer Knox
  • PascalSergent
  • Lawrence Harris

Budget and financial audit

The financial statements and the budget were adopted by the assembly

Constitutional Amendments

Proposed constitutional amendments submitted by two members were referred to a committee by the Assembly.

The Board will establish a Constitutional Review Committee shortly.

Bargaining update #1

Calendar

The Bargaining Committee met five times with the University:

  • 31 October
  • 11, 14 and 26 November
  • 5 December

The last meeting in 2013 will be held on 10 December. Both parties are currently preparing the schedule of meetings for January 2014.

Both parties are focusing on normative propositions (non-monetary) for the moment. Monetary proposals will be negotiated in 2014.

Agreements

A few minor items have been addressed and settled. The most significant change relates to the grievance procedure, during which the two sides will have more time to submit a complaint / grievance and respond after a grievance meeting.

University's Proposals

The University has submitted some controversial proposals related to the categories, to leaves, to the limit in courses assignments, and to the access to facilities, including access to the library.

The Association opposes some of these changes. It will answer shortly, with either a refusal of the proposals or with counter-proposals.

Proposals of the Association

The Association submitted proposals on certain dimensions of the work of Part-Time Professors and/or of the collective agreement, including:

  • recognition of part-time professors
  • participation in the governance;
  • the exclusion of Part Time Professors from the Association;
  • DFR exams and other financial compensation;
  • assistance provided to Part-Time Professors.

Other dimensions are also covered by the proposals of the Association.

The Association will keep you informed of the progress of negotiations.

Other news

Arbitration

The Association won (conditionally) an arbitration with the University of Ottawa.

The University wanted to move the Association’s office to 30 Stewart Street. The Association opposed it because this place made it impossible to provide adequate services to members, and this space has limited accessibility (and is completely inaccessible to members with a disability)

The arbitrator has asked the University to offer equivalent space to the space the Association now occupies in the University Center. The Association will inform you of developments in this case.

In another case, the Association will dispute in arbitration the random non-enforcement of the limit in course assignments by the University. The University now gives more assignments to certain members than it should under Article 5.9.3, to the detriment of other members who are disadvantaged (seniority credits, income). The rule is randomly applied to some members and not to others. Its randomly enforcement is very discriminatory. And the Association wants this discriminatory practice to stop.

Grievances

The Association has been successful for many members in recent months. Several grievances have been won on issues of non-compliance with the hiring procedure and the assignment of seniority points.. Since the beginning of the year, more than 30 grievances have been filed. Fifteen grievances are currently active