Members of Concordia University Faculty Association and the university
celebrated the signing of their collective agreement on March 3. The contract,
achieved after about two years of negotiation, will be in force for five
years, until May 31, 2007.
The improvements include a new salary structure that is more equitable
and transparent across the university, and salary levels that are competitive
with other universities in Quebec and Canada.
In order to retain senior faculty members until near normal retirement
age of 65, early retirement incentives that were available at age 55 have
now been shifted closer to the normal retirement age.
A new rank of Senior Lecturer has been introduced for extended-term (rather
than tenure-track) faculty members who are appointed because of specific
full-time teaching and service needs. This affirms that faculty who hold
such appointments are an important part of the academy.
Several processes (such as appointments and contract renewal, tenure,
performance evaluation) have been modified to make them more informed
and equitable. In the case of hiring, for example, the current joint employment
equity requirements will be overseen by a new parity committee.
The agreement includes a clearer process to deal with cases where the
administration initiates an adjustment to an academic unit (e.g., downsizing);
this involves the academic bodies of the university, i.e., faculty councils
and senate. There are other clarifications and procedural changes (such
as the article on discipline and dismissal).
One outstanding article on intellectual property remains, and that will
be negotiated within the next six months.