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: Pending continued arbitration hearing dates in 2021 with arbitrator Paula Knopf.

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: The arbitration will continue on February 23, March 23, May 4, and May 12, 2021 with arbitrator Kelly Waddingham.

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.

Vacant Sessional Lecturer Positions, Article 55:11
(Policy GR# 0988)

The University has refused to initiate the process to fill vacancies in Sessional Lecturer positions as required under Article 55.

Relevant Docs: Policy GR# 0988

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

Failure to Provide a Harassment Free Workplace
(Policy/Group GR# 0908)

The University has failed to provide a safe and free from harassment workplace for its employees generally, and for the group of employees hereby listed as all members in the Department of Political Science who have been and/or maybe affected by the facts and allegations set out in the written grievance.

Relevant Docs: Policy/Group GR# 0908

Status Update: The grievance is 'on hold' at Step 3, pending further updates from the University.

Improper Administration of the Retirement Plan
(Policy GR# 0917)

The University has failed to hold regularly scheduled meetings of the Retirement Committee as required under Article D of the Collective Agreement. Further, the Retirement Committee has not performed its functions as specified in Section 15, and also specified in Sections 7, 8, and 16 of the Plan.

Relevant Docs: Policy GR# 0917

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

Safety Concerns on Campus
(Policy GR# 0922)

The University has failed to provide a safe and harassment-free workplace for its employees who have been and/or maybe affected by a particular situation involving a student.

Relevant docs: Policy GR# 0922

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

Failure to Implement the Human Rights Policy
(Policy GR# 1008)

The University has consistently failed to implement the Human Rights Policy with respect to WUFA members, both in general terms as laid out in the policy itself, and in individual instances.

Relevant Docs: Policy GR# 1008

Status Update: The grievance is being discussed at Step 3 of the grievance process between WUFA's VP Grievance and the Executive Dircetor, Academic and Staff Relations.

Bargaining Unit Membership, Ongoing Grievance
(Policy GR# 1013)

The University continues to create full time positions outside the Union to perform bargaining unit work and/or has hired or will continue to hire individuals outside of the bargaining unit to perform bargaining unit work. The full particulars of such work are within the knowledge of the University and will require full disclosure by it for past and ongoing positions.

Relevant Docs: Policy GR# 1013

Status Update: This grievance was delivered to the University on May 21, 2021. It will be discussed at Step 3 of the grievance process between WUFA's VP Grievance and the Executive Director, Academic and Staff Relations.

Coaches Excluded from the Bargaining Unit
(Policy GR# 1014)

The employer has employed several coaches in the Athletics Department but excluded them from the WUFA bargaining unit.

Relevant Docs: Policy GR# 1014

Status Update: The grievance was delivered to the University on May 27, 2021. It will be discussed at Step 3 of the grievance process between WUFA's VP Grievance and the Executive Director, Academic and Staff Relations.

Failure to Post Courses in the ECE Department
(Policy GR# 1015)

The Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering has failed to post sessional courses in each semester since (and including) Intersession/Summer 2020.

Relevant Docs: Policy GR# 1015

Status Update: The grievance was delivered to the University on May 27, 2021. It will be discussed at Step 3 of the grievance process between WUFA's VP Grievance and the Executive Director, Academic and Staff Relations.

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

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