It has been a long process, but we are nearing the end of the JES2013 Implementation.
We thank you for your patience and understanding of the nuances of the process during this time. UWOSA offered support to members throughout the implementation process by responding to phone calls, emails and one-on-one & group meetings. Thank you to all Stewards for answering questions or shepherding members to the office. This process exemplified solidarity and brought members together to help one another through the process.
The new point band system has had a positive impact on our membership. Over 85% of our membership received increases in their salary due to the JES Implementation process.
As stated at ratification, and to reiterate, no one in UWOSA received a salary decrease, no one received a “cut” in pay.
To date, UWOSA can report we are confident the appeal process has been fair. Of the results received to-date, we can report that:
Approximately 200 members (23%) submitted appeals (out of 877 PDQ communications).
0 % of member appeal results – member went down in points
37 % of member appeal results – member maintained at the same point level
44 % of member appeal results – member went up in points, however they remained at the same level
19 % of member appeal results – member went up in points, and member went up a level
Great results, 63 % have received positive results by way of increase in points.
Now that we are in the final stages of the JES2013 Implementation process, we can look forward to the maintenance of the system, which is outlined in Article 44 – Job Evaluation.
We highly encourage you to familiarize yourself with Article 44 Job Evaluation and Article 56 Pay Equity.
Appendix L Update
All PDQ communications falling under Appendix L have been distributed to active members, including those required to be benchmarked.
Inactive members (those who have retired or no longer employed at Western) will receive communications throughout April by Human Resources. These PDQ’s are inactive and as such, there is no option to appeal. If you fall into this category and have yet to hear from Human Resources, please contact email@example.com.
The final appeal deadline for the Appendix L PDQ communications was March 15, 2018.
In accordance with Article 44.07, UWOSA and Western jointly agreed to the following 3 external appeal referees: George Vandermey, Marianne Love, and Bonnie Titgemeyer.
Important timelines to remember:
- Members had 30 business days from receiving their PDQ communications to submit an appeal.
- Once the appeal is submitted, HR had 15 business days to appoint the referee.
- Once the referee is appointed, they have 60 calendar days to complete the appeal process.
In some cases, the referee may seek to contact the incumbent and the supervisor regarding the appeal. The purpose would be to gain clarification on information submitted within the appeal. If the information is straight-forward, the referee may not contact the parties appealing – it is up to the referee’s discretion.
If you appealed, you will receive your appeal results via email from Human Resources. Within the email will be two attachments. The first attachment will be a memo indicating the classification and level results. The second attachment will include the factor ratings of the referee with their notes of the evaluation (similar to your original correspondence).
As per Article 44.07, the decision of the appeal referee is final and binding.
New members hired into the bargaining unit will submit a full PDQ within 12 months of being hired into the role.
PDQ’s will continue to be reviewed as part of Schedule B of our Collective Agreement (last page 129).
The job classification chart and the specific classification profiles can be found at the following link on Western’s website: www.uwo.ca/hr/facultystaff/uwosa_jes.
In order to access the site, you will need to sign in with your Western ID and password (the one you use to login to your Western MyHR).
If you have questions please contact the UWOSA office directly at firstname.lastname@example.org.