UNIT 2 – Frequently Asked Questions

1. Job Application & Selection Process

IMPORTANT INFORMATION UNIT 2 CONTINUING EDUCATION CONTRACT LECTURERS

  • Education
    • relevant academic degrees, credentials and professional designations
  • Experience
    • relevant work and/or community experience in the professional field or discipline; extent of university teaching experience; experience teaching the same or equivalent course at Ryerson University or equivalent course at another university
  • Currency
    • demonstrated evidence of having maintained up-to-date knowledge (including practice skills, where appropriate) in the specific field or discipline
  • and/or
    • demonstrated evidence of having maintained academic currency in the specific field or discipline relevant to the course, including publication(s) in peer reviewed journals, presentations or attendance at relevant academic conferences as well as attendance/participation at relevant teaching conferences, workshops, seminars, etc.
  • Teaching Skills
    • ability to teach effectively in a university environment as demonstrated by tools such as Contract Lecturer Assessment forms, Faculty Course Survey results and equivalent documentation
  • Interactive Skills
    • demonstrated ability to interact effectively with colleagues and adult students, work effectively in groups, resolve conflicts constructively, ability to carry out the duties and obligations of a Contract Lecturer in a respectful manner, empathize with others, consider varied perspectives and commit to ongoing assessment For a more detailed description of what you should submit as part of your application package, please refer to the CUPE 3904 UNIT 2 COLLECTIVE AGREEMENT 2017-2021

2. Seniority Points

DOES SENIORITY POINT GUARANTEE ME THE JOB?

The seniority point does not guarantee the job. The most qualified applicant will get the teaching position. The seniority point is only tiebreaker meaning that the more senior applicant will get the job if (s)he is rated within 7% of the other applicant.

HOW MANY SENIORITY POINTS DO I ACCRUE EACH TERM?

Unit 2 Contract Lecturers earn one (1) seniority point each semester they hold a Unit 2 appointment, except during the first three semesters in which they first hold the first three Unit 2 appointments. Once they have successfully completed three semesters of Unit 2 appointments, they will begin to accrue seniority points.
The maximum number of Unit 2 seniority points that can be accrued per semester is one (1) (regardless of the number of courses), and the maximum number of Unit 2 seniority points that can be accrued on a yearly basis where a member holds Unit 2 appointments in the Fall, Winter and Spring/Summer semesters is three (3).

HOW DO I FIND OUT HOW MANY SENIORITY POINTS I HAVE?

You may access the details of your personal seniority points through employee HR link in my.ryerson.ca.

HOW DO I FIND OUT THE SENIORITY POINTS OF OTHERS THAT I AM COMPETING WITH?

You cannot access such personal information due to privacy issues. Your unit-specific Chief Steward has access to applicants ranking and rating information and may provide you with relevant information.

WHY DON’T MY UNIT 2 SENIORITY POINTS COUNT TOWARDS UNIT 1 SELECTION PROCESSES AND VICE VERSA?

Units 1 and Units 2 are legally considered to be completely separate entities.

HOW WOULD I LOSE MY SENIORITY POINTS?

Unit 2 Contract Lecturers lose their seniority points if they do not hold a Unit 2 contract for over two academic years. In such a case, the CECL shall carry forward no seniority points upon any application afterward. 

3. Health-Related Fund

AM I ELIGIBLE FOR HEALTH INSURANCE?

CUPE Local 3904’s Unit 2 Bargaining Committee fought hard against management to increase the Benefit Fund. Currently, $95,000 is available annually to be distributed among unit 2 members reimbursing their health-related expenses.

HOW MUCH AM I ELIGIBLE TO GET FOR HEALTH-RELATED FUND?

You are entitled to receive up to $300 annually to cover your health-related expenses. You must download the form from here and submit the form with your medical expanses’ receipts to Prosure Group Ltd. You can submit your application by email claims@prosure-group.com and receive the cheque in the mail. 

WHAT EXPENCES ARE ELIGIBLE FOR HEALTH-RELATED FUND?

A wide range of medical expenses will be accepted for reimbursement including:

  • Laboratory Tests and Examinations,
  • Ultrasound and X-Ray Examinations
  • Blood Tests
  • Eyeglasses & Contact Lenses
  • Hearing Devices
  • Health Monitors or pacemakers
  • Hospital Services
  • Medicines and prescription
  • Ambulance Charges
  • Dental Services
  • Services performed by qualified/ licensed medical practitioners

Prosure Group will also be able to answer any questions regarding which health-related expenses may be eligible for reimbursement. 

DO I HAVE TO APPLY FOR HEALTH FUND ON THE SAME SEMESTER AS I TEACH AT CE?

If you had at least one teaching contract (winter, spring/summer, or fall), you are entitled to receive up to $300 and may apply any time during the year until December 31st. 

WHEN AND HOW TO APPLY FOR HEALTH-RELATED FUND?

Continuing Education Lecturers who have at least one teaching contract (winter, spring/summer, or fall), may apply for the health-related fund any time during the year. The Benefit Fund is on a first-come first- serve basis so you are encouraged to apply early during the year. Do not wait for the last day of December. 

4. Professional Development Fund

HOW MUCH AM I ELIGIBLE TO GET FOR PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT?

CUPE Local 3904’s Unit 2 Bargaining Committee fought hard against management to increase the Professional Development Fund. Currently, $100,000 is available annually to be distributed among unit 2 members. You should apply each semester that you have at least one teaching contract at Chang School and you may get $250 PD fund. The PD fund is distributed among applications by means of lottery. If we receive more applications than the number of awards available in a semester, then the recipients will be chosen by means of a lottery draw.

WHEN AND HOW TO APPLY FOR PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT FUND?

Continuing Education Lecturers are invited to apply for the Unit 2 Professional Development fund during the semester in which they hold at least one course appointment. A maximum number of awards of $250.00 will be awarded in each of the three semesters: Fall, Winter and Spring/Summer. If we receive more applications then the number of awards available in a semester, then the recipients will be chosen by means of a lottery draw. 

You may drop off or mail the signed claim to the CUPE office. Claims MUST be received in the CUPE 3904 office during the period (winter application in March, spring/summer application in June and July, fall application in October each year)

CAN I GET MORE THAN ONE PD FUND PER YEAR?

Each CE lecturer is eligible to receive one Professional Development fund per calendar year.

5. Out of Scope Work

DO I GET COMPENSATION FOR EXTRA JOB THAT I DO OUT OF THE SCOPE OF WORK?

Continuing Education Contract Lecturers may, from time to time, be required to participate in and/or complete specific activities related to their duties which have been scheduled beyond the terminal date of their appointment (e.g. participation in student appeals, etc.). In such circumstances, the Continuing Education Contract Lecturer shall be paid $ 100.00 per hour for the agreed upon activities. The Continuing Education Contract Lecturer will be paid a minimum of two (2) hours or the amount of time required to carry out the agreed upon activities, whichever is greater. 

HOW DO I APPLY FOR “OUT OF SCOPE WORK”?

The Program Director, in collaboration with the Academic Coordinator and the Continuing Education Contract Lecturer shall agree on the type of participation required and the amount of time needed to complete such activity(ies). Such an agreement shall be confirmed by the Program Director. The Pre-Approval Request for Additional Time Form has been created and published in Chang School CECL Bulletin in fall 2019. This matter will be regularly included in the updated issue of the CECL Bulletin as a refresher. CECL may also request the link through changteach@ryerson.ca.

6. Complaints & Grievances

IF I HAVE A COMPLAINT, WHAT DO I DO?

If something in your workplace is happening that seems unfair to you, contact your unit-2 Chief Steward and/or any of the members of the CUPE Local 3904 Executive. Your Chief Steward or other Executive Officers will be able to discuss, assess the situation and help you deal with it in the most efficient and appropriate manner. Sometimes intervention other than a grievance may be more effective and therefore used.

7. Class Size & Extra Students

HOW MUCH EXTRA STUDENT PAY DO WE RECEIVE AND WHEN DO WE GET PAID THIS AMOUNT?

CUPE Local 3904’s Unit 2 Bargaining Committee fought hard against management to maintain class size limits. The Unit 2 Collective Agreement designates that the Contract Lecturer is to be paid $80 for each additional student over the class size limit.
Extra student pay is paid in one lump sum at the end of the semester through your bi-weekly pay. Continuing Education at Ryerson University generally sends out an email notifying all eligible Unit 2 members of the pay date they can expect to receive this lump sum.

Updated: Oct 19, 2020 by Rob Bajko