Sait Faculty Collective Agreement
The SAIT Faculty Collective Agreement: Understanding the Benefits and Provisions
The Southern Alberta Institute of Technology (SAIT) is a well-respected post-secondary institution that offers a wide range of diploma, certificate, and degree programs to its students. Behind every successful educational institution, however, is a dedicated and talented faculty team.
The SAIT Faculty Association (SAFA) represents the teaching staff at the institution and plays a vital role in ensuring that SAIT continues to provide high-quality education. One of the ways in which SAFA does this is by negotiating a collective agreement between the faculty and SAIT’s administration.
But what is a collective agreement? And what are the benefits and provisions that the SAIT faculty can expect under this agreement?
What is a Collective Agreement?
A collective agreement is essentially a legally-binding contract between an employer and a union representing its employees. It sets out the terms and conditions of employment, including wages, benefits, working hours, vacation entitlement, and other employment-related matters.
Collective agreements are negotiated between the employer and the union, and once a new agreement is ratified by its members, it becomes the official agreement between the two parties until it expires or is renegotiated.
Benefits and Provisions of the SAIT Faculty Collective Agreement
The SAIT Faculty Collective Agreement outlines the terms and conditions of employment for SAFA members. Here are some of the key benefits and provisions of the agreement:
1. Wages: The collective agreement sets out the salary grid for full-time and part-time faculty members. The grid is based on years of experience and level of education and is subject to periodic salary adjustments.
2. Benefits: SAFA members are eligible for a comprehensive benefits package, which includes medical, dental, and vision coverage, as well as life insurance, long-term disability insurance, and a pension plan.
3. Working Hours: The collective agreement outlines the working hours for faculty members, including the maximum number of hours per week and the maximum number of hours per day. It also provides guidelines for scheduling, workload, and workload assessment.
4. Professional Development: SAIT recognizes the importance of ongoing professional development for its faculty members. The collective agreement provides opportunities for faculty members to attend workshops and conferences, participate in research projects, and pursue additional education.
5. Grievance Procedures: The collective agreement provides a process for resolving disputes between faculty members and SAIT’s administration. If a faculty member has a concern or complaint, they can file a grievance, which will be addressed according to the procedures outlined in the collective agreement.
The SAIT Faculty Collective Agreement is a critical document that governs the terms and conditions of employment for SAFA members. It provides clarity and consistency in the workplace, ensures fair compensation and benefits, and sets out procedures for handling disputes.
By negotiating and ratifying a collective agreement, SAIT and its faculty members can work together to create a supportive and productive environment that benefits everyone involved in the educational process.