- Download the Flow Chart for Workload Resolution
Workload grievances cover any complaint about your workload as set out on your SWF (Standard Workload Form). They arise from Article 11.01 and 11.02. When you receive your SWF, check it over very carefully. If you don’t agree with any aspect of your assigned workload (the SWF), check the middle box and give it back to your chairperson within five working days. You should also forward a copy to the Union office. Your complaint will be referred to the College Workload Monitoring Group (CWMG).
Advocating for your own best working conditions – and, therefore, your students’ best learning conditions – is a simple matter of checking the right boxes and sending your SWF off to CWMG. Although it is often difficult to stand up and demand that your work be scheduled and compensated fairly, the process itself is relatively straightforward. And remember, your Union Local is here to help you every step of the way.
The Workload Monitoring Group consists of eight (8) members, four appointed by the College and four by the Union Local. A quorum at CWMG meetings is 4, 6, or 8 members, with equal representation from both the college and the Union Local.
Alternative arrangements may be made at the local level upon agreement of the Union Local and the college.
The functions of the WMG Shall include:
- reviewing workload assignments in general at the college and resolving apparent inequitable assignments;
- reviewing specific disputes pursuant to 11.02 A 4 and/or 11.02 A 6 (a) and where possible resolving such disputes;
- making recommendations to the college on the operation of workload assignments at the college;
- reviewing individual workload assignments where requested by the teacher or the Union Local and, where possible, resolving the disputes;
- making recommendations to the college and Union Local committees appointed under Article 7, Union College Committee, as to amendments or additions to the provisions governing workload assignments at the college for local negotiation in accordance with 11.02 G in order to address particular workload needs at the college.
Where feasible, the CWMG meets once weekly. At George Brown College, these meetings generally take place on Friday mornings, starting at 9:00 am.
Workload Resolution Procedure
Below is the resolution procedure for Article 11 (Workload), with deadlines clearly indicated. You may want to download the Flow Chart for Workload Resolution for easy reference. This flow chart will explain the steps required to correct your workload problem speedily and efficiently.
If you don’t agree with any aspect of your assigned workload (as set out on your SWF), check the middle box and give it back to your chair within five working days of receiving it. You should also forward a copy to the Union office. The chair has to forward your SWF to the CWMG within three days.
The CWMG must meet to address the issue within seven days. If the workload is resolved, you and the chair are both notified. The decision reached by the CWMG is only binding for the period of the SWF. If you have the same problem the following semester or following year, you have to start again.
If the CWMG fails to reach a resolution regarding your SWF, you and your chair will also be notified. It is then up to you to forward your SWF to Workload Resolution Arbitration (WRA) within seven days of your notice from the CWMG. You can also forward your SWF to WRA if the CWMG fails to act on your SWF for more than three weeks.
WRA will hold a hearing regarding your SWF within 2 weeks, then render an award within 10 working days of the hearing. Your award is binding for 1 year from the start of your SWF.
Have questions? Nervous about how to proceed? Need more information? Contact Local 556 or call us at 416-415-5000 ext 2200.
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