Policy Grievance Archive

GR# 0924 - Decanal Interference in Preferred Applicant Status Awards  Thumbnail Image
GR# 0924 - Decanal Interference in Preferred Applicant Status Awards
Collective Agreement Referenced: 2014-2017 Article(s): 54 Nature of Dispute: The Dean of the Faculty of Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences allegedly interfered in the application process for Preferred Applicant Status under Article 54:06 of the Collective Agreement by placing PAS applications on hold. Historically, PAS applications have been reviewed by the AAU Renewal, Promotion and Tenure Committee and then applicants are informed of the result by the AAU Head. This practice is consistent with…
GR# 0558 - Failure to Provide WUFA with Sessional Appt Letters  Thumbnail Image
GR# 0558 - Failure to Provide WUFA with Sessional Appt Letters
Collective Agreement Referenced: 2014-2017 Article(s): 54 Nature of Dispute: The University failed to provide the Faculty Association with sessional instructor appointment letters, beginning from the Fall 2014 semester, as required under the new language in Article 54:04(a) of the 2014-2017 Collective Agreement. Result of Grievance: The grievance was settled prior to arbitration. All sessional appointment letters from Intersession/Summer 2015 and Fall 2015 will be sent to WUFA. Going forward, all…
GR# 0906 - Faculty Vacation/Conference/Research Request Form  Thumbnail Image
GR# 0906 - Faculty Vacation/Conference/Research Request Form
Collective Agreement Referenced: 2014-2017 Article(s): 5, 46 Nature of Dispute: WUFA argued that the University arbitrarily altered the terms and conditions of employment for members of at least two faculties through the introduction of a mandatory Faculty Vacation/Conference/Research Request Form. Result of Grievance: At Step 3 of the grievance process, the University withdrew the form that had been introduced in at least two faculties. Grievance initiated: July 30, 2015 Grievance resolved: November…
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GR# 0516 - Unjustified Discipline
Collective Agreement Referenced: 2011-2014 Article(s): 59 Nature of Dispute: Unjustified discipline such as removal from class and/or exclusion from campus during investigation for misconduct. Result of Grievance: The policy grievance was initiated in response to a member being removed from the classroom in 2014. Subsequently, individual grievances were filed on the member's behalf, and they were resolved. WUFA subsequently withdrew the policy grievance. Grievance initiated: February 12, 2014…
GR# 0587 - Altering the Membership of the University Librarian Search Committee  Thumbnail Image
GR# 0587 - Altering the Membership of the University Librarian Search Committee
Collective Agreement Referenced: 2014-2017 Article(s): 41 Nature of Dispute: WUFA alleged a breach of the Collective Agreement when the membership of the University Librarian Search Committee (ULAC) was altered. Result of Grievance: The University conceded the grievance at Step 3 of the grievance process. The University shall apply Article 41.01 of the Collective Agreement as it related to the composition of the ULAC. Grievance initiated: February 26, 2015 Grievance resolved: August 26, 2015 Relevant…
GR# 0870 - Employment Equity Obligations Under Article 30  Thumbnail Image
GR# 0870 - Employment Equity Obligations Under Article 30
Collective Agreement Referenced: 2008-2011 and 2011-2014 Article(s): 30 Nature of Dispute: The University failed to meet any of the agreed-upon deadlines for its actions in support of employment equity principles and procedures under Article 30 of the 2008-11 and 2011-2014 Collective Agreements. Result of Grievance: The parties reached a settlement in 2015. The agreed-upon terms guide the hiring of the 50 tenure-track faculty over the next 3 years. The key key terms of the settlement are as follows:…
GR# 0523 - Miscalculation of WSS  Thumbnail Image
GR# 0523 - Miscalculation of WSS
Collective Agreement Referenced: 2011-2014 Article(s): P Nature of Dispute: WUFA alleged that the University miscalculated the average University of Windsor Faculty salaries by inclusion of ineligible administrative salaries for comparison with the Windsor Salary Standard(s). Result of Grievance: After further investigation and discussions with the University, it was determined that the salaries in question were correctly included in the UCASS data used to determine the WSS numbers, and the grievance…
GR# 0553 - Late Sessional Appts Fall 2014  Thumbnail Image
GR# 0553 - Late Sessional Appts Fall 2014
Collective Agreement Referenced: 2014-2017 Article(s): 54 Nature of Dispute: WUFA grieved that the University routinely fails to send out letters of appointment to sessional instructors at least eight weeks before commencement of classes as required by the Collective Agreement. Result of Grievance: The University committed to developing a policy, university-wide, whereby if a sessional member does receive his/her letter of appointment by the eight-week notice period prior to the commencement of…
GR# 0286 - Librarians’ Workload Letters  Thumbnail Image
GR# 0286 - Librarians’ Workload Letters
Collective Agreement Referenced: 2011-2014 Article(s): 5, 10 Nature of Dispute: WUFA argued that specific research and service assignments given to by Librarian Members in their workload letters for the 2013-14 academic year violated the Collective Agreement. Result of Grievance: WUFA withdrew this grievance, without prejudice, after consulting with Librarian members. WUFA remains concerned that the practice of assigning specific research areas and service activities in librarian workload letters…
GR# 0512 - Letters of “Warning” Deposited in Members’ Personnel Files  Thumbnail Image
GR# 0512 - Letters of “Warning” Deposited in Members’ Personnel Files
Collective Agreement Referenced: 2011-2014 Article(s): 59 Nature of Dispute: The University allegedly failed to follow procedures in Article 59, resulting in excessive discipline of members by means of letters of warning deposited in their personnel files. Result of Grievance: The letters of warning that were party to this grievance were removed from the members' files. Prior to arbitration, the parties agreed that a non-disciplinary letter of counselling is an acceptable method for administrators…
GR# 0890 - Email and Personal Communications Privacy  Thumbnail Image
GR# 0890 - Email and Personal Communications Privacy
Collective Agreement Referenced: 2011-2014 Article(s): 5, 10 Nature of Dispute: WUFA alleged that the University examined certain Faculty Association Members’ files and personal communications without prior authorization or express permission. Result of Grievance: WUFA withdrew this grievance without prejudice after discovering further information about the two (2) cases related to this grievance. In the first instance, the email search was conducted by the Office of Internal Audit, and it…
GR# 0527 - Late Sessional Appts in FAHSS  Thumbnail Image
GR# 0527 - Late Sessional Appts in FAHSS
Collective Agreement Referenced: 2011-2014 Article(s): 54 Nature of Dispute: The University allegedly failed to send out letters of appointment to sessional instructors at least eight weeks before commencement of 2014 Intersession semester classes in the Faculty of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences. Result of Grievance: The University conceded the grievance at Step 3 of the grievance process.The affected FAHSS sessional instructors can request that the University not utilize their course evaluations,…
GR# 0876 - Severance Packages for Certain Retirees that Violates the CA  Thumbnail Image
GR# 0876 - Severance Packages for Certain Retirees that Violates the CA
Collective Agreement Referenced: 2008-2011 Article(s): 3, 14 Nature of Dispute: In May, 2009, WUFA filed an application with the Ontario Labour Relations Board alleging unfair labour practices on the part of the University. Specifically, WUFA alleged that the University had negotiated voluntary contract termination retirement packages with a number of members without involving WUFA and in violation of the Collective Agreement. Furthermore, these packages were being negotiated while the parties were…
GR# 0866 - Confidentiality Forms for BoG Pension Committees  Thumbnail Image
GR# 0866 - Confidentiality Forms for BoG Pension Committees
Collective Agreement Referenced: 2008-2011 Article(s): D.2, 7 Nature of Dispute: After making a unilateral decision to change the Pension and Investment Committee structures of the Board of Governors (BoG) Pension Committees, the BoG issued a policy that indicated all members of the committees must sign a confidentiality agreement. Two members affected by the policy are WUFA members who have a responsibility to keep WUFA informed. This responsibility conflicts with the confidentiality undertaking.…
GR# 0877 - Improper PAS criteria  Thumbnail Image
GR# 0877 - Improper PAS criteria
Collective Agreement Referenced: 2008-2011 Article(s): 54 Nature of Dispute: In May, 2011, the Faculty Coordinating Council in the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (FASS) approved criteria for Preferred Applicant Status (PAS) which was intended to be applied to all units in FASS when they considered sessional instructor candidates. The criteria for PAS were unfair to applicants for various reasons and did not follow the qualifications guidelines for PAS as stipulated under Article 54:06 of the…
GR# 0895 - CEPE M.Ed International Cohort Program  Thumbnail Image
GR# 0895 - CEPE M.Ed International Cohort Program
Collective Agreement Referenced: 2011-2014 Article(s): Letter VII Nature of Dispute: The Centre for Executive and Professional Education (CEPE) proposed a program that conflicted with the current M.Ed program offered in the Faculty of Education. Result of Grievance: Prior to the second day of arbitration, the University withdrew the proposal for the CEPE M.Ed International Cohort Program. Grievance initiated: April 26, 2012 Grievance resolved: December 21, 2012 Relevant Docs: No written grievance…
GR# 0398 - Unreasonable Demands on Members in Social Work, Int/Summer 2012  Thumbnail Image
GR# 0398 - Unreasonable Demands on Members in Social Work, Int/Summer 2012
Collective Agreement Referenced: 2011-2014 Article(s): 5 Nature of Dispute: WUFA alleged that student advising and counselling demands requiring the presence of members in the School of Social Work in their University offices during Spring/Summer 2012 were unreasonable. Result of Grievance: WUFA withdrew the policy grievance prior to arbitration after consulting with members in the Department of Social Work. Grievance initiated: April 25, 2012 Grievance withdrawn: September 20, 2012 Relevant Docs:…
GR# 0864 - Improper Application of Sessional Hiring Criteria, Odette School of Business  Thumbnail Image
GR# 0864 - Improper Application of Sessional Hiring Criteria, Odette School of Business
Collective Agreement Referenced: 2011-2014 Article(s): 54 Nature of Dispute: The Odette School of Business allegedly evaluated sessional instructor applicants for Intersession/Summer 2011 in a method that is not in compliance with Art. 54:06(a) Result of Grievance: At an arbitration, without the arbitrator present, the parties agreed that Administration would meet with all Deans and Dept Heads/Directors to give proper instructions on how to use the sessional hiring grid for Fall 2012 appointments…
GR# 0860 - Limited Term Lecturer Position Paid Higher than Cap  Thumbnail Image
GR# 0860 - Limited Term Lecturer Position Paid Higher than Cap
Collective Agreement Referenced: 2008-2011 Article(s): A, 12 Nature of Dispute: In late April 2011, after the Government of Ontario published its annual list of government employees making in excess of $100,000 per year, WUFA discovered that a recently hired Limited Term member appointed at the rank of Lecturer in the Odette School of Business Administration was being paid in excess of the salary cap for Lecturers. Result of Grievance: At Step 3 of the grievance process, the University adjusted…
GR# 0838 - Improper Appts under Art 30, Law/Business  Thumbnail Image
GR# 0838 - Improper Appts under Art 30, Law/Business
Collective Agreement Referenced: 2008-2011 Article(s): 30 Nature of Dispute: WUFA was informed of two appointments that were allegedly made without proper posting of the positions as required by Senate Bylaw 20. The first was a tenure-track appointment in the Faculty of Law, and the second was a limited-term appointment in the Odette School of Business. In both cases, waivers of the job posting were granted by the Acting Provost under Article 30 of the Collective Agreement, but they did not meet…
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