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: A hearing date has been scheduled before Arbitrator Paula Knopf on April 26, 2023. 

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.

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 being discussed at Step 3 of the grievance process between WUFA's VP Grievance and the Acting Executive Director, Academic Labour Relations.

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.2 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 of the grievance process between WUFA's VP Grievance and the Acting Executive Director, Academic Labour 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 of the grievance process between WUFA's VP Grievance and the Acting Executive Director, Academic Labour 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: The grievance is being discussed at Step 3 of the grievance process between WUFA's VP Grievance and the Acting Executive Director, Academic Labour 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 arbitrator on this file is Mort Mitchnick.

Improper Appointment of Senate members to Board of Governors
(Policy GR# 1030)

Four members of the "teaching staff" are to be elected by the Senate to the Board of Governors.  As of July 1, 2022, two deans and one associate dean were elected by Senate to serve on the Board of Governors in violation of the University of Windsor Act and Board of Governors Bylaws.  Under the University of Windsor Act, Senate Bylaws, and the Collective Agreement, deans are neither "teaching staff" nor are they faculty members.

Relevant Docs: Policy GR# 1030

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



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

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