Update on the Return to Campus?

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The Association is still waiting for clarification from the administration regarding the return to the campus.

Like you, we have many unanswered questions. The Association is committed to keeping you informed of all important new information and updates on your rights and working conditions.

Do not hesitate to contact your departments if the measures in place are not suitable for your teaching, your safety or that of your students. You can contact us for support.


Downtown Protest

Given the events related to the ongoing protest in downtown Ottawa, we are advising our members who are teaching in person or bimodally to teach their courses online if it is not possible to get to campus safely.

Ottawa Police have advised against travel in the downtown area. We are also aware that many public transit routes have been cancelled.


Accommodation

Need accommodation or flexibility for your bimodal or in-person courses?

We invite you to read our last newsletter to members here.


Use of Space for Teaching Purposes

The COVID-19 Reintegration Task Force (CRTF) provided a document on the use of the space on campus.

You may consult the document here.

There are many inconsistencies, on the one hand, in indoor spaces used for teaching, physical distancing is not required, but in outdoor spaces that are used for the same purpose, physical distancing must be maintained.


Course Recordings

We would like to remind you that you are under no obligation to record your courses and make them available to students (except for asynchronous courses).

No department or faculty can require that course recordings be made available to students.


MAIN UNIT UPDATES

Purchase of Technological Equipment

The Association wishes to announce that an agreement has been reached with the employer on the use of the Academic and Professional Development Fund (APDF) for the purchase of technological equipment.

As a result, members of the APTPUO Main Unit and the Toronto-Windsor Unit who have at least one (1) teaching contract in the Winter Term 2022 will be eligible for reimbursement of up to $500 CDN per person until the APDF funds of each respective unit are exhausted for the 2021-2022 academic year.

It is important to note that receipts for purchases must be dated between December 1, 2021 and March 18, 2022.

Applications must be submitted between January 31 and April 1, 2022.

Eligible expenses include tablets, computers, software, headsets, microphones, routers, hard drives and monitors. The employer will determine the eligibility of items not on this list.

Claims must be submitted with receipts and proof of payment in Concur.

Please see the guide to submitting an expense report in Concur here.

Sick Leave

Considering the return to campus, it is important to reiterate your sick leave rights as per Article 7.3 of the Collective Agreement:  A member is allowed to claim up to 2/12 of each of their contract, as sick leave with full pay and benefits per semester. If a member has not claimed any sick leave in a previous term, they may bank up to 2 additional twelves, allowing for up to 4/12 of their contracts to be taken in a semester.

If you are sick, you can take a sick leave, even if you are teaching online.

You are responsible for communicating with your department as soon as you can about taking a sick day.

You are under no obligation to make up for the missed day.

If the department asks you to replace a missed you, you have the right to say no.

If you do decide to replace your sick day, these are extra work hours for which you must be compensated.

Note: Before coming on campus, you are required to complete the COVID-19 Assessment Tool and receive confirmation that you are authorized to be on campus.

TORONTO/WINDSOR UNIT UPDATES

Purchase of Technological Equipment

The Association wishes to announce that an agreement has been reached with the employer on the use of the Academic and Professional Development Fund (APDF) for the purchase of technological equipment.

As a result, members of the APTPUO Main Unit and the Toronto-Windsor Unit who have at least one (1) teaching contract in the Winter Term 2022 will be eligible for reimbursement of up to $500 CDN per person until the APDF funds of each respective unit are exhausted for the 2021-2022 academic year.

It is important to note that receipts for purchases must be dated between December 1, 2021 and March 18, 2022.

Applications must be submitted between January 31 and April 1, 2022.

Eligible expenses include tablets, computers, software, headsets, microphones, routers, hard drives and monitors. The employer will determine the eligibility of items not on this list.

Claims must be submitted with receipts and proof of payment in Concur.

Please see the guide to submitting an expense report in Concur here.

Sick Leave

Considering the return to campus, it is important to reiterate your sick leave rights as per Article 15.3 of the Toronto/Windsor Unit’s Collective Agreement:

  • An Employee who is unable to perform her or his regular work duties as a result of an accident or illness shall notify the Manager of their need to take a sick leave.
  • Periods of sick leave lasting three (3) work days or more must be supported by a medical certificate from a qualified health practitioner.
  • An Employee who is teaching may accrue an equivalent of one (1) work day of sick leave for each term of employment.

If you are sick, you can take a sick leave, even if you are teaching online.

You are responsible for communicating with your department as soon as you can about taking a sick day.

You are under no obligation to make up for the missed day.

If the department asks you to replace a missed you, you have the right to say no.

If you do decide to replace your sick day, these are extra work hours for which you must be compensated.

Note: Before coming on campus, you are required to complete the COVID-19 Assessment Tool and receive confirmation that you are authorized to be on campus.

OLBI UNIT UPDATES

Hiring Report OLBI Unit – Winter 2022

The Employer has published the Winter 2022 Term Hiring Report as provided in Article 8.7 of the OLBI Unit Collective Agreement.

You can find the report here.

If you applied unsuccessfully for a course, you can review the report and the successful candidate’s seniority points. If you believe that the hiring process was not respected, you can contact the Association by replying directly to this email or by emailing us at info@aptpuo.ca.

You have 20 business days from its date of publication to file a complaint.

Sick Leave

Considering the return to campus, it is important to reiterate your sick leave rights as per Article 15.3 of the Toronto/Windsor Unit’s Collective Agreement:

  • An Employee who is unable to perform her or his regular work duties as a result of an accident or illness shall notify the Manager of their need to take a sick leave.
  • Periods of sick leave lasting three (3) work days or more must be supported by a medical certificate from a qualified health practitioner.
  • An Employee who is teaching may accrue an equivalent of one (1) work day of sick leave for each term of employment.

If you are sick, you can take a sick leave, even if you are teaching online.

You are responsible for communicating with your department as soon as you can about taking a sick day.

You are under no obligation to make up for the missed day.

If the department asks you to replace a missed you, you have the right to say no.

If you do decide to replace your sick day, these are extra work hours for which you must be compensated.

Note: Before coming on campus, you are required to complete the COVID-19 Assessment Tool and receive confirmation that you are authorized to be on campus.

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