Opposition to the University of Ottawa Executive Compensation Program

Dear members,

As some of you may already know, on February 3, the Central administration tabled the University of Ottawa Executive Compensation Program. This Program is proposing significant salary increase for five senior executive positions.

Here is a breakdown of the proposed increases:

Position Current salary Proposed increase Total if salary increase is approved
President $ 395,000 $ 59,600 $ 454,600
Vice-President Academic and Provost $ 297,000 $ 53,500 $ 350,500
Vice-President Research $ 297,677 $ 2,123 $ 299,800
Vice-President Resources $ 270,000 $ 28,700 $ 298,700
Vice-President External Relations $ 300,000 $ 11,900 $ 311,900

Over the last decade, the University administration has adopted austerity budgets, forcing the community as a whole to work towards a common vision, Destination 2020, with fewer resources. In the last two years alone, the Central administration has imposed 4% budgetary cuts to all Faculties, cuts to the library, and continuously increases the workload of professors, librarians, and support staff, all-the-while increasing student tuition fees. These cuts have a direct impact on this institution’s ability to fulfill its strategic mandate, which is, delivering the highest quality of education and research, and improving the student experience.

The University of Ottawa Executive Compensation Program is available in full here. The APUO is vehemently opposed to this Executive Compensation Program proposal and urges its members, and the community as a whole, to participate in the ongoing consultation. To help facilitate participation, the APUO has created a template letter highlighting our concerns with the Executive Compensation Program. We encourage you to visit the following link to quickly and easily send a letter. The link will take you to the APUO’s drafted template letter, which you can edit and personalize. Moreover, at your next departmental unit meeting, we encourage you to adopt a motion similar to the one adopted by our colleagues in the School of Political Studies to collectively express your disapproval of the proposals found in the Executive Compensation Program. You have until March 2, 2018, to participate in the consultation.

In solidarity,

The APUO Executive

Bargaining update – the Central administration’s proposals

Dear members,

On January 31, 2018 the APUO and representatives of the Central administration exchanged all normative proposals for collective bargaining. As discussed in the presentation sent in our previous message, the Central administration and the APUO are waiting on a benefits study of comparator universities to table proposals on salary and benefits. Once both parties have submitted their proposals, these will be shared with APUO members.

The APUO’s normative proposals are available in full, divided by theme:

  1. Ensure open, transparent and fair governance
  2. Create fair and equitable working conditions
  3. Improve quality of education
  4. Improve CSAP, Librarians and Language Teachers’ working conditions
  5. Establish efficient negotiations
  6. Housekeeping

Members can read through the Central administration’s proposals in full here. This is a brief summary of their key proposed changes:

  • Change language to allow the Central administration to increase teaching loads in academic units where the current teaching load is less than it was in 1992-94.
  • Make it easier for Deans to withhold annual progress-through-the-ranks (PTR) salary increases.
  • Erode established procedural justice mechanisms in order to make it easier to impose disciplinary measures on APUO members.
  • Remove language that requires the Central administration to obtain the APUO’s consent before using new teaching evaluation instruments including the form and content of teaching evaluation questionnaires completed by students.
  • Remove the obligation of the Senate to follow the collective agreement (CA) and due process if it chooses to evaluate programs and members.
  • Allow the University Librarian to appoint a visiting librarian without consulting the Librarian Personnel Committee (LPC).
  • Exclude all Vice-deans from the bargaining unit.

The APUO looks forward to discussing measures to improve equity and diversity amongst faculty and librarians at the University. Last spring, the University of Ottawa committed to improving equity and diversity in the research environment as part of the U15 (Groups of Canadian research universities).

Should you and your academic unit want additional information about this round of collective bargaining, the APUO executive would welcome an invitation to present and discuss these with you. Please send your requests to apuoco@uottawa.ca

In solidarity,

The APUO executive

Start Of Collective Bargaining

Dear members,

We wish to inform you that on January 31, the APUO has begun collective bargaining and tabled its proposals to the Employer, which are summarized in the following Powerpoint.

We thank all members who attended Monday’s Special General Meeting and provided valuable feedback and a mandate that will guide us during this round of collective bargaining.

Here is a list of the members of the APUO Collective bargaining team:

Michel Desjardins, APUO Administrative Director (Chief Negotiator)
Jean-Daniel Jacob, First Vice-President, APUO Executive Committee (School of Nursing)
Dalie Giroux, Academic Officer, APUO Executive Committee (School of Political Studies)
Richard L. Hébert, member of the APUO Board of Directors (Faculty of Medicine)
Susan Spronk, President, APUO Executive Committee (School of International Development and Global Studies)

Members for specific topics:

Paul Saurette member of the APUO Board of Directors (School of Political Studies)
Colin Montpetit, Officer-at-Large, APUO Executive Committee (Department of Biology)
Natasha Udell, APUO Legal Counsel

Should you and your academic unit want additional information about the proposals we put forward, the APUO executive would welcome an invitation to present and discuss these with you. Please send your requests to apuoco@uottawa.ca

As we move ahead in these negotiations, we will keep you informed of important developments.

In solidarity,

The APUO executive