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Job Evaluation & Pay Equity Update

Dear UWOSA members,

As you know, we have been working on a new job evaluation system since our 2010 round of negotiations. Our Appendix L of the 2010-2013 collective agreement stated that the job evaluation plan "shall be implemented so as to ensure pay equity is achieved for this bargaining unit." During our most recent collective bargaining, we agreed to a new job evaluation system (JES2013). Under Appendix L of the 2013-2017 Collective Agreement, it says "The points bands for the JES2013 shall be developed jointly by an appointee of the University and an appointee of the Union."

After our most recent contract was ratified, we met with our appointee - a pay equity specialist who was very helpful to us in creating the new job evaluation system. She advised us that before we could agree on points bands, we would need information to ensure that our plan was compliant with pay equity. In order to be pay equity compliant, we need to identify male-dominated jobs as comparators for all female jobs in our bargaining unit (which is female-dominated overall). We requested this information from the Administration in November. To date, they have not provided us with the information that we asked for.

The employer wants UWOSA to agree on new points bands without providing the information needed to ensure that the new job evaluation system is pay equity compliant. Our appointee has advised us that the best way to protect our members is to have all the information we need before we agree to point bands. We have an obligation as a bargaining agent under the Pay Equity Act to make sure that anything we agree to will be compliant with the Act. Unfortunately, this process is taking longer than we expected.

If you submitted your PDQ after January 1 2014, please be aware that there will be a delay in assigning your classification until the points bands are established.

We are pleased with the new job evaluation system, but the implementation has not been fully worked out. There are a number of outstanding issues that need to be addressed and UWOSA is working in good faith to establish a pay equity compliant job evaluation process. We will keep you informed with updates on this issue.

Karen Foullong
UWOSA Vice President

519-661-2111 ext. 87574