On October 20, 2015 UTFA sent a letter to the University Provost, Professor Cheryl Regehr, following up on a letter sent in November 2013 expressing concerns about the possible privacy, ownership, and academic freedom implications of a decision to migrate the University of Toronto faculty and staff e-communications to a third-party provider such as Microsoft.
Many of you have inquired about the Salaries, Benefits, Pensions, and Workload bargaining between UTFA and the Administration. This Bargaining Report provides a brief update. We draw your attention to four key points:
- Mediation is scheduled for October 3rd and 4th. If arbitration is necessary, it will take place on November 21st.
- UTFA and the Administration have agreed to distribute this year’s PTR in September instead of delaying until a settlement or award is determined.
- PTR for the Teaching Stream has been improved by raising the breakpoint and increasing the amounts per FTE above and below the breakpoint.
- Salary floors for librarians will be increased and individual librarians earning less than $73,907 as of July 1, 2014 will receive a salary increase.
UTFA has also received questions about PERA. Our understanding is that funds equal to the 2013-2014 PERA amounts have recently been distributed or will be distributed shortly and that any applicable increase will be added to members’ accounts after a final settlement or award.