Monday, April 20, 2015

Changes to the Faculty Professional Expense Reimbursement (Professional Allowance)


Under the terms of the faculty's new salary settlement, as of 1 May 2015, we will be able to carry forward any unspent FPER balances for up to three years, as well as continue to be able to carry forward all excess expenses for up to three years.

However, this change does not apply to the current FPER, due at the end of this month (30 April 2015). The change only comes into effect with the new salary agreement and so only takes effect in the fiscal year of 2015-2016. If it makes sense, you should use up any outstanding balance you have for this year or you will lose it.

Monday, April 13, 2015

Did you know...about UW's large payouts to Administrators?


Western University has taken a lot of flak for trying to provide a large administrative payout to its president (which he has now promised to return). In contrast, the University of Waterloo executed large administrative payouts between 2009 and 2011 that have gone relatively unnoticed. The 2010, 2011 and 2012 Ontario Sunshine lists show that:

In 2009, the vice president, academic & provost was paid:
                              $737,000 from UW (at UW January - June)
                            +$220,000 from Western (July - December)

In 2010, the same person was paid:
                              $500,000 from UW (as “professor, adjunct”)
                            +$440,000 from Western

In 2010, the president & vice chancellor was paid:
                        $1,041,000 from UW (at UW January – October)

In 2011, the same person was paid:
                         $610,000 from UW (as president)

It is noteworthy that the presidency at UW changed in October 2010 and as such the incoming president was also paid $309,000 in 2010 (for 9 months service as provost and 3 months as president) and $486,000 in 2011 as president.

Confused? Consider the faculty/staff salary scale increases in the 2009-2011 period. They are much simpler:

Year
Faculty/Staff Scale Increase
2009
3%
2010
0%
2011
0%

Note that the UW Board of Governors Governance Committee is responsible for reviewing senior UW administrator contracts.

The Faculty Association would like to know:

Does the UW community wish to set parameters/limits/procedures that the Administration and Governance Committee must work within when negotiating and approving contracts? What should these be?

Did you know...

...about UW's large payouts to Administrators?


Western University has taken a lot of flak for trying to provide a large administrative payout to its president (which he has now promised to return). In contrast, the University of Waterloo executed large administrative payouts between 2009 and 2011 that have gone relatively unnoticed. The 2010, 2011 and 2012 Ontario Sunshine lists show that:

In 2009, the vice president, academic & provost was paid:
                              $737,000 from UW (at UW January - June)
                            +$220,000 from Western (July - December)

In 2010, the same person was paid:
                              $500,000 from UW (as “professor, adjunct”)
                            +$440,000 from Western

In 2010, the president & vice chancellor was paid:
                        $1,041,000 from UW (at UW January – October)

In 2011, the same person was paid:
                         $610,000 from UW (as president)

It is noteworthy that the presidency at UW changed in October 2010 and as such the incoming president was also paid $309,000 in 2010 (for 9 months service as provost and 3 months as president) and $486,000 in 2011 as president.

Confused? Consider the faculty/staff salary scale increases in the 2009-2011 period. They are much simpler:

Year
Faculty/Staff Scale Increase
2009
3%
2010
0%
2011
0%

Note that the UW Board of Governors Governance Committee is responsible for reviewing senior UW administrator contracts.

The Faculty Association would like to know:

Does the UW community wish to set parameters/limits/procedures that the Administration and Governance Committee must work within when negotiating and approving contracts? What should these be?

Monday, April 6, 2015

FAUW Scheduling Survey Results

by: Bryan Tolson, FAUW Vice President 

The Provost's Advisory Committee on Timetabling is considering a list of principles that will govern the functioning of the new scheduling system going forward. FAUW recently conducted a survey on timetabling and more than 200 members responded!  Here are the overall results: 

Question 1:
















Question 2:
  • For Q2, we had 57 responses suggesting concerns missing in the principles.


Question 3:
















Note: PACT Principle 2 wording is currently as follows:
"Foster an environment where faculty members can harmonize their teaching, research, service, and non-university activities".