Policy Grievance Archive

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GR# 0972 - Failure to Post Courses
Collective Agreement referenced: 2017 - 2021 Article(s): Article 54, and 5:07 Nature of Dispute:  On at least two occasions 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. Result of Grievance: The related individual grievances were settled in the members' favour on October 8, 2020. The policy grievance was also settled without…
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GR# 0962 - Disclosure in the Article 59 process
Collective Agreement referenced: 2014 - 2017 Article(s): 59 Nature of Dispute:  WUFA was 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. Result of Grievance: On June 8, 2020 a settlement was reached between WUFA and the University,…
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GR# 0915 - Failure to address a Grievance complaint, Article 11:05(b)
Collective Agreement referenced: 2017 - 2021 Article(s): 11 and 39 Nature of Dispute:  Failure to implement the grievance process in response to a grievance complaint concerning matters including but not limited to a toxic work environment. Result of Grievance: On February 27, 2020 a settlement was reached between WUFA and the University. The University shall respond to grievances initiated under Article 11:05(b) in accordance with Article 39 of the Collective Agreement. Grievance initiated: December…
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GR# 0913 - Sessional Lecturers on AAU Councils
Collective Agreement referenced: 2017 - 2021 Article(s): Article 55 and Bylaw 40 & 44 Nature of Dispute:  The University compelled Sessional Lecturers, who would like to sit on their respective AAU Councils, to attend those meetings for the full year (Sept 1- Aug 31), which is in violation of Sessional Lecturers' contractual obligations to work 8 months of the calendar year. Result of Grievance: WUFA withdrew the grievance, without prejudice, in January 2020. The Senate passed a vote to amend…
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GR# 0940 - Sessional Lecturers' Salaries
Collective Agreement referenced: 2014 - 2017 Article(s): Article 3, 6, 11, 55 and S Nature of Dispute:  It came to WUFA's attention that contrary to Article S, the University has awarded and paid higher than permitted salaries to some Sessional Lecturers hired under Article 55:12 of the Collective Agreement. Result of Grievance: The grievance was settled outside of arbitration. In the Preliminary Award of November 27, Arbitrator Swan made it clear that amending the Collective Agreement to increase…
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GR# 0989 - Boreal College Partnership with UofW Law
Collective Agreement referenced: 2017 - 2021 Article(s): Article 3 Nature of Dispute:  The University contracted an outside institution, Boreal College, with the purpose to assign duties of teaching French language courses for Faculty of Law students. Result of Grievance: At Step 3 of the grievance process WUFA was advised that the Boreal partnership with UofW Law was halted. Furthermore, the Faculty of Law is working with the French program in the LLC Department to develop French courses specifically…
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GR# 0900 - EI Premium Reduction Program
Collective Agreement referenced: 2017 - 2021 Article(s): Letter VIII Nature of Dispute:  In 2010, WUFA initiated a grievance alleging that the employer had improperly participated in the federal government's premium reduction program. Under the program, when an employer has relatively stable employment and few of its employees are likely to collect employment insurance, EI premiums are reimbursed to the employer, who then has an obligation to negotiate with the union so that reimbursed premiums…
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GR# 0970 - AAS/AAS:LS Appointments
Collective Agreement referenced: 2017 - 2021 Article(s): 1, 12 Nature of Dispute: WUFA was made aware of at least 17 AAS members who were 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, there were at least 11 AAS Learning Specialist members who have been assigned teaching duties as part of their normal workload, but…
GR# 0976 - UWinSite/PeopleSoft  Thumbnail Image
GR# 0976 - UWinSite/PeopleSoft
Collective Agreement referenced: 2017 - 2021 Article(s): 8, I Nature of Dispute: The University's implementation of PeopleSoft/UWinSite software offloads clerical tasks onto WUFA members that should be performed by secretarial staff. Further, the PeopleSoft/UWinSite system has been implemented in such a way as to effect change in travel policies in violation of the Collective Agreement and existing practice. Result of Grievance: The grievance was withdrawn by WUFA without prejudice at Step 3…
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GR# 0963 - 'Agreement for Course Design', Office of Open Learning
Collective Agreement referenced: 2014 - 2017 Article(s): 3, 4, 35 Nature of Dispute: The University entered into an unknown number of Agreements for Course Design without the Association’s knowledge in violation of WUFA’s role as the sole bargaining agent. Furthermore, some of these agreements appear to have been contracted out to individuals identified in the Agreement as “individual contractors”. Result of Grievance: The grievance was resolved at Step 3 of the grievance process. It was…
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GR# 0937 - Sessional Lecturer Vacancies
Collective Agreement Referenced: 2014-2017 Article(s): 55:11 Nature of Dispute:The University refused to initiate the process to fill vacancies in the Sessional Lecturer positions, as required under Article 55:11 of the Collective Agreement. Result of Grievance: The grievance was settled on August 31, 2017, prior to arbitration. The University agreed to fill the vacancies that existed in Article 55:11 as of August 31, 2017. There were (2) positions available to be filled. The parties agreed on a…
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GR# 0964 - Appointment of Associate Dean in violation of Art. 41
Collective Agreement Referenced: 2014-2017 Article(s): 41 Nature of Dispute: In July 2015 the search committee that recommended hiring for the position of Associate Dean, Law Library and Legal Research Services for the Faculty of Law, was constituted in violation of Article 41 of the Collective Agreement. Result of Grievance: A settlement was reached by the parties at Step 3 of the grievance process. It was confirmed that the University shall apply Article 41:04(b)of the Collective Agreement as…
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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,…
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,…
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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…
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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:…
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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…
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