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

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 hearing is scheduled to resume on November 20 & Dec 12, 2019 and Feb 5 & 6, 2020, with arbitrator Kelly Waddingham.

Deans’ Reports in Student Complaint Cases
(Policy GR# 0962)

WUFA is 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.

Relevant Docs: Policy GR#0962

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

Failure to Post Courses as Required under Article 54:07 and Article 5:07
(Policy GR# 0972)

On at least two occassions 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.

Relevant Docs: Policy GR#0972

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

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. At Step 3 the grievance will be discussed between the WUFA President and the Executive Director, Academic & Staff Labour and Employee Relations.

Denial of PAS and Sessional Seniority
(Policy GR# 0910)

The University failed to take into consideration the previously earned sessional senority and/or preferred applicant status (PAS) during a sessional appointment process. The sessional seniority and/or PAS was incorrectly denied because the University alleged that previously earned sessional seniority and/or PAS is not retained once a Sessional Lecturer has retired.

Relevant Docs: Policy GR# 0910

Status Update: On September 17, 2019 the policy grievance was delivered to Administration. At Step 3 the grievance will be discussed between the WUFA VP Grievance and the Executive Director, Academic & Staff Labour and Employee Relations.

 

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