June 2020 Newsletter

Wednesday, June 24 2020

Campaign announcement

Have you experienced any of the following?

  • Transition to distance learning
  • Lack of technological support /out of pocket expenses
  • Discrimination / harassment / inequity with the distance education model
  • Extra work in class / overwork / stress /  job insecurity
  • Classroom experiences / workplace experiences due to COVID-19 measures 

APTPUO’s Political Action and Mobilisation Committees want to hear your experience on these matters! 

For more information on how to get involved in our campaign, click here. 


The APTPUO’s Mobilisation Committee is Currently Recruiting Members! 

Be part of a dynamic team! 

Help us to activate, inform, mobilise and engage our members and neighbouring unions.

For more information, email us at info@aptpuo.ca.


Letter of Understanding (LOU)

The Impact of COVID-19 on the Compensation for Online Training and the Additional Compensation for the Spring-Summer 2020 Term

We would like to inform you about the recent Letter of Understanding that has been reached between the Association and the Employer. 

Please note the following information: 

  • For those who are using Contact North’s Adobe Connect for this term and who did not receive compensation for this purpose during the Winter 2020 term, they are entitled to a lump sum payment of $71.94. 
  • A compensation of $500 will be paid to members who have taught in the Spring-Summer 2020 term.
  • Upon presentation of detailed invoices and proof of payment, you may claim up to a maximum of $500 for technology equipment purchases in support of their e-learning or distance education activities. Please submit any claim at  RT-ACAD-LR@uottawa.ca and CC the Association at info@aptpuo.ca.

For more information, you can read the Letter of Understanding here.


Favorable Decision in Arbitration

The Employer Must Respect Your Preferences Expressed in your Course Selections.

Recently, the Association obtained a favourable arbitration ruling on the interpretation of Article (formerly Article The Employer undertakes whenever possible, in the assignment of work, to consider the course selections made by the applicant.

In this file, the member had submitted his application for three (3) sections of the same course, clearly indicating his preferences in the application system. However, the Department did not respect the professor’s preferences and favoured another member with fewer seniority points. The Employer justified its decision by indicating that it had no obligation to respect the professor’s preferences expressed in his offer of employment.

In his ruling, arbitrator Baxter confirmed that the Employer should respect the preferences expressed by the members by tracking the seniority of each member: 

[…] the Employer was obliged to consider, that is, to be influenced by the Grievor’s seniority in assigning his course selection in his order of preference, unless it could be shown that it was impossible to offer him his choice.

This is an important decision for the Association and its members. If you believe that your department has not respected your preferences in the allocation of your courses, please contact us so that we can take the necessary steps to correct the situation. 

You may read the decision here (English only).


A look back at the APTPUO’s Town Hall

The first ever APTPUO Virtual Town Hall was a great success! Thank you to everyone who participated in the meeting. It was a pleasure to have you among us. 

You missed the Town Hall? Not a problem. You may consult the Town Hall materials here


The Letters of Understanding are now translated! 

We understand that the Letters of Understanding for the winter term and the spring-summer term that were negotiated were only available in French. We are pleased to inform you that these letters have all been translated into English and can now be found here.


Take Part in the Forums!

We would like to remind you that the forums are still at your disposal to discuss issues related to distance learning. Access the forum by clicking here or by selecting “Forums” from the top menu.