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: Arbitration dates have been confirmed for Dec 14, 2021, March 2 and 30, April 6 and 11, 2022 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 arbitrator on this file is Kelly Waddingham. The parties are close to finalizing all outstanding positions that are covered by this grievance. 

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 Executive Director, Academic and Staff Relations (HR).

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 (HR)

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.

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 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 University denied the grievance at Step 3 of the grievance process. WUFA has advised the University that the file will proceed to arbitration. An arbitrator has not yet been selected to hear the case, and no dates for arbitration are set.

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 is being 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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