Overall Rating Gold - expired
Overall Score 71.58
Liaison James Gordon
Submission Date March 3, 2015
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Thompson Rivers University
PA-9: Employee Compensation

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 3.00 / 3.00 James Gordon
Environmental Programs and Research Coordinator
TRU Office of Environment and Sustainability
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Number of employees:
1,281

Number of staff and faculty covered by sustainable compensation standards, guidelines, or policies; and/or collective bargaining agreements:
1,281

Does the institution have employees of contractors working on-site as part of regular and ongoing campus operations?:
Yes

Number of employees of contractors working on campus:
266

Number of employees of contractors covered by sustainable compensation standards, guidelines, or policies and/or collective bargaining agreements:
266

A brief description of the sustainable compensation standards, guidelines, or policies; and/or collective bargaining agreements covering staff, faculty and/or employees of contractors:

There are collective agreements for the following three TRU associations made up of staff and faculty. The first one has recently been updated (April 1, 2014 - March 31, 2019) but the last two have officially expired. Until new agreements have been settled on, the terms from the old agreements stay in force.
The TRU Human Resources department is currently in the process of bargaining the CUPE and TRUFA collective agreements. The intent is to try to get them bargained for the same dates as TRUOLFA but until bargaining is complete, there is no guarantee of that.

• TRU Open Learning Faculty (TRUOLFA): TRUOLFA Collective Agreement: April 1, 2014 - March 31, 2019
• CUPE (staff): Local CUPE Collective Agreement: April 1, 2010 - March 31, 2014
• TRU Faculty Association (TRUFA): TRUFA Collective Agreement: April 1, 2012 – March 31, 2014

The Thompson Rivers University Association of Professional Administrators is covered by the agreement: BENEFITS AND WORKING CONDITIONS ADMINISTRATIVE EMPLOYEES.

+ Date Revised: March 20, 2015

Does the institution wish to pursue Part 2 of this credit (assessing employee compensation)?:
Yes

Number of staff and faculty that receive sustainable compensation:
1,281

Number of employees of contractors that receive sustainable compensation:
266

A brief description of the standard(s) against which compensation was assessed:

The statistic known as the low income cut-off (LICO) is Statistics Canada's most established and widely recognized approach to estimating the income threshold below which a family will likely devote a larger share of its income on the necessities of food, shelter and clothing than an average family. Using a LICO allows StatsCan to estimate an income threshold at which families are expected to spend 20 percentage points more than the average family on food, shelter and clothing.
The lowest annualized salary for a TRU regular, full-time employee is $36,673.
Statistics Canada’s Low Income Cut-off for 2014 for a family of four for cities of Kamloops’ size is $31,835, well below the lowest salary offered by TRU.
Source: www.statcan.gc.ca (Excel file: LICOs_2014_E.xlsx\)

+ Date Revised: March 20, 2015

A brief description of the compensation (wages and benefits) provided to the institution’s lowest paid regular, full-time employees:

$20.15/hr., and full benefits (WorkSafe BC; Canada Pension Plan; extended health and dental; life insurance (at least 2x annual salary); accidental death and dismemberment; TRU pension plan; long-term disability; and weekly indemnity)


A brief description of the compensation (wages and benefits) provided to the institution’s lowest paid regular, part-time employees:

$19.99/hr., and limited benefits (WorkSafe BC; Canada Pension Plan)


A brief description of the compensation (wages and benefits) provided to the institution’s lowest paid temporary (non-regular) staff:

$18.13/hr., and limited benefits (WorkSafe BC; Canada Pension Plan)


A brief description of the compensation (wages and benefits) provided to the institution’s lowest paid temporary (non-regular, adjunct or contingent) faculty:

TRU had one sessional faculty member that taught 0.25 of a credit for a total of $473.87, and received limited benefits (WorkSafe BC; Canada Pension Plan). This was TRU's lowest paid faculty in 2013.


A brief description of the compensation (wages and benefits) provided to the institution’s lowest paid student employees (graduate and/or undergraduate, as applicable):

$10.25/hr., and limited benefits (WorkSafe BC; Canada Pension Plan)


The local legal minimum hourly wage for regular employees:
9.50 US/Canadian $

Does the institution have an on-site child care facility, partner with a local facility, and/or provide subsidies or financial support to help meet the child care needs of faculty and staff?:
Yes

Does the institution offer a socially responsible investment option for retirement plans?:
No

The website URL where information about the institution’s sustainable compensation policies and practices is available:

Figures in Canadian dollars.
Number of employees of contractors working on campus supplied by Warren Asuchak (TRU Facilities=154) and Jessica Papineau (Aramark Canada Ltd, =112).
Information from all other reporting fields provided by Wilma Price (TRU HR Dept.).

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