Our Collective Agreement includes a salary schedule linked to a classification plan that establishes minimum and maximum salary levels for individual counsellors, librarians, and professors. Maximum salary levels are determined by the “employee’s relevant formal education levels and equivalencies.”
Article 14 (Salaries) of the Collective Agreement describes the procedure for determining salary for faculty. As well, Article 14.03 A 1 (a) presents the salary schedule for full-time professors, counsellors, and librarians, while Articles 14.04 B 1 and B 2 present the same salary schedule for partial-load professors.
As of September 2015, the highest step for full-time faculty is 21 ($104, 963), while the lowest step for full-time faculty is 5 ($60,548). Your education and experience determine your maximum starting salary and your maximum step attainable.
See the chart in Article 14.03 A 1 (b) to determine your current salary potential. If your current qualifications won't net you the maximum salary, you may wish to consider enrolling in the In-Service Teacher Training Program (ISTTP), which will allow any full-time and partial-load faculty member to achieve the maximum salary step.
The Job Classification Plans for Positions in the Academic Bargaining Unit in your Collective Agreement provide a detailed description of the factors (teaching and occupational experience, formal qualifications) that are considered in determining your salary. The method used for computing your initial placement on the salary grid is presented there as well.
Upon hiring you, the college enters your education/work data on a Salary Calculation Sheet that it subsequently sends to the Local 556 office for our records. As well, you should be given a copy.
Sometimes, the college lists your educational credentials as "irrelevant", thereby negatively affecting your placement on the grid. If you believe that the college has considered any of your credentials irrelevant, please contact us at the Local 556 office or by phone at 416-415-5000 ext 2200 and we will work with you to have it corrected.
Full Recognition of Accredited U.S. University Degrees May Affect Your Salary Placement
On November 24, 2006, the Joint Educational Qualifications Subcommittee (JEQS) made the decision to consider degrees from accredited universities in the United States equivalent to Canadian University degrees – effective July 28, 2006.
This decision will have a substantial impact on the salary and pensions of many faculty whose three-year and four-year American Bachelor degrees have previously been credited as only two-year and three year-degrees in salary-step calculations.
If you believe you have been affected by this decision, please contact us at the Local 556 office or by phone at 416-415-5000 ext 2200.
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