Retroactive Pay – Updates #1- 3

Communication Sent on March 8, 2024

The Association has just obtained new information concerning the retroactive payment. After verification, we learned that the information provided by the employer was false. Human Resources never made the retroactive payment.

We are in discussion with our legal advisors to determine the next steps to obtain compensation for non-compliance with the arbitration award. We will keep you informed of further developments.

In the meantime, you don’t need to report your situation to us.


Communication Sent on March 6, 2024

Following yesterday’s email, many of you have informed us that you have not received your retroactive payment, despite confirmation from the employer.

The Association has contacted the employer regarding the current situation and has requested further information on the retroactive payments. We will communicate any new information as soon as it becomes available.

In the meantime, you don’t need to report your situation to us.

Rate Differences

In addition, some members have informed us that they have not received their salary adjustments as of February 15. Some have even informed us that their salaries have decreased since last term.

We encourage you to check your pay slips to ensure that you have obtained the correct rate.

If you have any questions or if you notice any anomalies on your pay slip, we suggest you contact your department by putting the payroll team in carbon copy (CC) (infopay@uottawa.ca) as well as the Association (info@aptpuo.ca).


Communication Sent on March 5, 2024

The Association has been informed that part of the retroactive payment was made on February 29, 2024. This part covers only the period from May 1, 2023.

The remainder of the retroactive payment, i.e., for the period prior to May 1, 2023, has not been paid due to a failure of the Workday software.

In the meantime, here are a few important dates to remember:

  • February 15, 2024: salary adjustments have been made for winter contracts;
  • February 29, 2024: the retroactive payment for the period from May 1, 2023, to December 31, 2023, has been made.
  • April 30, 2024: the remainder of the retroactive payment, i.e., for the period prior to May 1, 2023, will be paid.

For several weeks, the Association tried to contact the office of the Vice Provost, Faculty Relations, to obtain information about the retroactive payment. However, it was not until the very same day that we were informed that only part of the retroactive salary payment would be processed.

Non-Compliance with the Arbitral Award

As a reminder, on December 6, the Association was in arbitration to demand the readjustment of wage clauses following the invalidation of Bill 124. We succeeded in obtaining a 5.5% increase. For the 2021–2025 collective agreement, we have increased salaries by 12.5%, not counting the seniority-based pay scale (up to an additional 5%).

Following the parties’ representations, arbitrator Bill Kaplan ordered the payment of back pay within 90 days of the judgment.

However, the employer did not respect the arbitrator’s judgment and now blames the unpredictability of the Workday software.

In light of this situation, the Association is looking into the possibility of claiming damages on behalf of its members for the employer’s failure to pay the full amount due on time.

Once again, we can only deplore the employer’s hasty and unconsulted implementation of the expensive Workday software. This software has acquired an infamous reputation amongst the universities that have adopted it, due to the numerous problems it has caused and continues to cause. The software seems to discriminate even more against part-time professors, i.e., those whose working conditions are most precarious.

One thing is certain: the Association will not stop defending your rights and working conditions. If you encounter any difficulties with Workday, don’t hesitate to email us at info@aptpuo.ca.

The following tables summarize the increases, the back pay per course, and new pay rates. You may download a PDF copy of the tables here.

Rates