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Article 45 : job classification

45.1 This section establishes the procedures for evaluating job positions using the job classification system in existence at the time the Agreement was ratified, which will remain in effect for the duration of this Agreement unless the Parties agree otherwise.

45.2 Joint Assessment Committee (JAC)

All existing and new job positions within the Bargaining unit are classified by a Joint Assessment Committee (JAC).

This is a parity committee comprised of an equal number of members from each party. Any decision by this committee must be unanimous. Each party is responsible for the costs it incurs related to the JAC and to the training of its members. The committee's rules of operation are available for members to consult and cannot be changed without a written agreement between the Parties.

45.3 Procedures for submitting a job evaluation request to the JAC:

  • By the supervisor: If the employer makes substantial changes to the functions and responsibilities of a position, a revised and signed job description by the dean or service director, is submitted to the JAC for assessment.
  • By the employees: Employees who believe their job functions and responsibilities have changed substantially can ask their dean or service director to have their position to be assessed. The Parties must agree on a version of the updated job description to be used for assessment purposes before submitting the request for evaluation to the JAC.

45.4 Settlement of disagreements within the JAC

If employer and Institute committee members are unable to come to a consensus on the job classification for a given position, a grievance may be initiated without delay at the second level in accordance with the procedure for dispute resolution in Article 14. Should the Parties fail to resolve the grievance at the second level, the Institute will, in place of the regular arbitration process, inform the Principal Negotiator, HR Client Advisory Services of its intent to refer the grievance to an expert committee within thirty (30) days of receiving the reply of the University's Principal Negotiator or, in the absence of a reply, on expiration of the time limit for responding.

The expert committee is composed of three (3) members, one (1) representative from each of the Parties and one (1) arbitrator agreed on jointly between the parties who will act as President.

All other rules of operation of the committee are in keeping with the rules set out in Articles 15.2, 15.3, 15.6, 15.7 and 15.8 of the Agreement, with the necessary adaptations.

The decision of the expert committee is binding and cannot be appealed.