Labour Relations Concerns for YUFA in the Faculty of Liberal Arts &
by Gerard Naddaf
and Sheila Embleton, YUFA Chief Stewards
15 Feb 12 – The
two Chief Stewards (Gerard Naddaf and Sheila Embleton) and the YUFA
staff are experiencing a very high volume of complaints, requests for
advice, and expressions of concern coming from YUFA members in LA&PS.
Many of these concerns centre around either the intrusion of the Dean’s
Office into collegial procedures or around workload issues. Some of
these have evolved into policy grievances, individual grievances, or
simply meetings with administrators in which the faculty member has been
accompanied by a YUFA representative.
A brief summary of
some current issues in LA&PS:
We are in
arbitration concerning the outcome of two tenure-track hiring
processes last year, in which the Dean chose not to appoint the
candidate recommended as a result of the collegial search process.
We have had
several cases this year in which the shortlists of candidates to be
interviewed for tenure-track positions, as proposed to the Dean’s
office as a result of the collegial search process, has not been
approved. Although some cases have been resolved (in favour of the
collegial proposal), others remain outstanding.
The Dean has
made significant changes to tenure-track hiring processes; this is
subject to a policy grievance.
The Dean has
proposed significant changes to the rules governing
cross-appointments and to policies and procedures with respect to
full-time faculty teaching. Relevant documents were tabled for
discussion at the Joint Committee on the Administration of the
Agreement (JCOAA). Those discussions have now concluded. On the
former, YUFA secured agreement that any changes to existing
cross-appointments would be on a voluntary basis only. On the
latter, this is subject to a policy grievance.
volume of Contractually Limited Appointments (CLAs; these are
full-time but for a limited term) proposed to be hired for 2012-13,
in addition to the CLAs already hired 2009-12, may violate the
contractual reasons for hiring CLAs as opposed to tenure-stream
faculty members. An additional issue is that these CLAs are all
required to have both an active research agenda (the precise wording
varies in different ads) and a teaching load of 3.0, which is higher
than in past practice.
2011, the Dean finally responded to the proposed unit teaching load
documents. As a result, not one unit currently has an approved
teaching load document. Further, the requirement that each unit must
include a normal teaching load of 3.0 for CLAs is subject to a
policy grievance. YUFA representatives have proposed a meeting with
Chairs to provide assistance and to respond to additional issues,
such as teaching load for members of the Alternate Stream.
office appears far more intrusive in the tenure process than
previously, with judgments significantly different from those of
colleagues and external referees significantly often. Some of the
issues involve process but others involve the letter of transmittal
to the Senate Review Committee (SRC). The issue of timeliness in the
previous two cycles appears to have been corrected.
The Chief Stewards
and staff are of course also involved in issues in other Faculties, but
we thought that members should be apprised of the situation in LA&PS.
As always – and no
matter what your Faculty – if you have concerns about which you would
like to consult YUFA, or you wish to discuss an issue which you believe
may be of relevance to your working conditions, please feel free to
steward for your area, one of the Chief Stewards (Gerard
Naddaf or Sheila Embleton),
or staff in the YUFA office.