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Collective Agreement

Our Collective Agreement sets out the terms and conditions of our employment at Lakehead University.

If you don’t have time to read the collective agreement, click here for a condensed version of the collective agreement.

Here are some key points from our Collective Agreement:

  • Union members have a right to work and study without discrimination or harassment
    • Should you feel discriminated against or harassed, make sure to file a complaint with the Personal Harassment Contact Person, or file a grievance (your union office or the collective agreement can guide you)
  • Hours:
    • Full-time assistantship: maximum of 270 hours, over the course of two out of three terms
    • Half-time assistantship: maximum of 135 hours, over the course of a single term
    • GA’s/RA’s work a maximum of 20 hours per week
    • A GA/RA I can hold two full-time equivalent positions, and GA/RA III can hold three full-time equivalents
  • Wages as of 2011:
    • GA/RA I: $8942.00
    • GA/RA II: $33.11/hour
    • GA/RA III: $9751.00
    • UGA I: $16.44/hour
    • UGA II: $13.79/hour
    • Learning Assistance Tutor enrolled in an Undergraduate Degree/Diploma program: hourly enrolment depending on whether UGA I or II
    • Learning Assistance Tutor enrolled in a Doctoral/Graduate Degree/Diploma program: $21.89/hour
  • Union members have the right to refuse appointments without losing eligibility for future appointments
  • No employee will be required to work in an environment they feel is unsafe, or that they feel they are inadequately trained for
  • The university will not discipline, suspend, or discharge employees without just cause
  • Employees have the right to union representation
  • Employees have the right to unpaid leave with reasonable advance notification
  • If you have solely-developed course materials, you have the right to use this material in subsequent educational settings
  • All materials required for your work must be provided for free, including keys