Policy Grievances

Mercer Independence - Pension Plan Policy Grievance
(Policy GR#0862)

WUFA alleges that the University used the plan actuary, Mercer Canada, in ways that compromised the plan actuary’s required independence under the text of the pension plan agreement.

In August 2016, Arbitrator Picher determined that Mercer Canada should be replaced as the Plan's Actuary. The University then filed for Judicial Review of the arbitrator's ruling.

Relevant Docs:  Policy GR# 0862  

Status Update: The Judicial Review was postponed in order to consider the Intervenor Status request by Mercer. No dates have been set for the intervenor motion or judicial review.

Failure to investigate 'Conflict of Interest' allegation
(Policy GR# 0909)

The University was informed of the Association’s concerns regarding a perceived conflict of interest in the case of a member of the Board of Governor’s Investment Committee. This grievance alleges that the University has failed to investigate the allegations properly or in a timely manner or taken any effective steps to remove the conflicted person/companies.

Relevant Docs: Policy GR# 0909

Status Update: An arbitrator has not yet been selected to hear the case, and no dates for arbitration are set.

Bargaining Unit Membership
(Policy GR#0929)

The University has created a number of position in various categories across campus in which WUFA’s bargaining unit work, as defined in the Collective Agreement and through past practice, has been and/or is being performed by individuals who are not members of the bargaining unit.

Relevant Docs:   Policy GR#0929

Status Update: WUFA representatives met with the employer to discuss disclosure of relevant information that is in the employer’s possession. The arbitration hearing is scheduled to resume on November 21, 2018, with arbitrator Kelly Waddingham.

Sessional Lecturers' Salaries
(Policy GR#0940)

It came to WUFA's attention that contrary to Article S, the University has awarded and paid higher than permitted salaries to some recently appointed Sessional Lecturers in a manner that can only be for arbitrary, unfair and/or discriminatory reasons.

Relevant Docs: Policy GR#0940

Status Update:  The arbitration hearing will be held on October 11, 2018 with arbitrator Ken Swan.

EI Premium Reduction Program
(Policy GR#0900)

This is an ongoing grievance relating to improperly held funds in the hands of the University that should otherwise have not been deducted, but should have been paid out to the benefit of past and present members of the Association. The Association claims that the University failed to comply with the provisions of the EI Premium Reduction Program.

Relevant Docs:Policy GR#0900

Status Update: The arbitration hearing will be held on January 30, 2019 with arbitrator James Hayes.

Deans’ Reports in Student Complaint Cases
(Policy GR#0962)

WUFA is aware of at least two (2) student complaint cases in which the accused members were not provided an opportunity to view or respond to the Deans’ reports before they were submitted to the Provost and President. In each case the Provost and/or President issued a letter of censure to the member based on the Dean’s report.

Relevant Docs: Policy GR#0962

Status Update: An arbitrator has not yet been selected to hear the case, and no dates for arbitration are set.

AAS/AAS:LS Appointments
(Policy GR#0970 - Supersedes grievance)

WUFA is aware of at least 17 AAS members who have been appointed contrary to Article 12:21 of the Collective Agreement, which requires that AAS members be appointed to an AAU, in the Division of Athletics and Recreational Services, or in the Centre for Teaching and Learning. Further, WUFA is aware of at least 11 AAS Learning Specialist members who have been assigned teaching duties as part of their normal workload, but who have not been appointed to a primary or secondary AAU as required by Article 1 of the Collective Agreement.

Relevant Docs: Policy GR#0970-supersedes version

Status Update: The grievance is being discussed at Step 3 between WUFA's VP Grievance and the Director, Academic Labour Relations.

Failure to Post Courses as Required under Article 54:07 and Article 5:07
(Policy GR#0972)

On at least two occassions known to WUFA, the University has assigned courses to full-time members to be compensated with an overload stipend, without first posting the courses as required under Article 54:07 and 5:07 of the Collective Agreement.

Relevant Docs: Policy GR#0972

Status Update: The grievance is being discussed at Step 3 between WUFA's VP Grievance and the Director, Academic Labour Relations.

Former Administrators on Admin Leave, excluded from the Bargaining Unit
(Policy GR#0977)

It came to WUFA's attention that former administrators on leave from their faculty positions are not being returned to the bargaining unit during the term of their administrative leave.

Relevant Docs: Policy GR#0977

Status Update: An arbitrator has not yet been selected to hear the case, and no dates for arbitration are set.

Failure to Remit Dues
(Policy GR#0978)

The University has failed to remit dues for a member who is a former academic administrator on admin leave.

Relevant Docs: Policy GR#0978

Status Update: An arbitrator has not yet been selected to hear the case, and no dates for arbitration are set.

 

Policy grievances that have been resolved are listed in the Policy Grievance Archive.

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