Overall Rating Gold - expired
Overall Score 66.44
Liaison Mike Wilson
Submission Date Jan. 29, 2014
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University of Victoria
PA-9: Employee Compensation

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 2.97 / 3.00 Neil Connelly
Director, Campus Planning & Sustainability
Office of Campus Planning & Sustainability
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Number of employees:
4,584

Number of staff and faculty covered by sustainable compensation standards, guidelines, or policies; and/or collective bargaining agreements:
4,584

Does the institution have employees of contractors working on-site as part of regular and ongoing campus operations?:
No

Number of employees of contractors working on campus:
0

Number of employees of contractors covered by sustainable compensation standards, guidelines, or policies and/or collective bargaining agreements:
0

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

Approximately 75% of employees working at UVic are covered by the collective bargaining agreements of either the Professional Employees Association (PEA), the Canadian Union of Public Employees locals (CUPE) or the Faculty Association (which includes librarians). Of all employees working at UVic, 98% earn at least a "living wage" as defined in urban areas of the Province of British Columbia as $19 per hour. The only union local not paying $19 per hour is one section of CUPE 4163, specially the Academic and Cultural Assistance (while at the junior level). These figures do not include work study students employed part time at the university.


Does the institution wish to pursue Part 2 of this credit (assessing employee compensation)?:
Yes
+ Date Revised: May 6, 2016

Number of staff and faculty that receive sustainable compensation:
4,492

Number of employees of contractors that receive sustainable compensation:
0

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

Since 2006 the Community Social Planning Council has produced the Living Wage Update for BC's Capital Region, which is where UVic resides. According to their website, the Living Wage standard "reflects the real costs of living through the hourly wage required to enjoy an adequate quality of life in our region." In 2014 the Living Wage in our region was $18.93/ hour.

+ Date Revised: May 6, 2016

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

Currently the lowest paid appointed regular, full-time employee is a Service Worker II – hourly rate: $19.27/hour.

We do have lower paid classification but do not currently have anyone in a regular appointment at that level.

Full time employees in this group work 37.5 hours per week.

Benefits are described in more detail below and cost 20% of the salary.

Wages:
CUPE 917 represents the University of Victoria's trades, grounds workers, security officers, facility attendants and janitorial, maintenance and food service workers among others. CUPE 917 represents approximately 500 workers (430 FTE positions).
Starting Hourly wage range: $18.89 – $26.13 (Starts at $12.82 if student)

http://www.uvic.ca/hr/assets/docs/labourrelations/lrforms/917%20Salary%20Sch%20A%20April%201%202016.pdf

Benefits:
The University of Victoria offers a comprehensive benefit package for members of CUPE local 917. Included in the plan design are provisions for extended health, dental care, life insurance, Long Term Disability, Medical Services Plan of BC and participation in a defined benefit pension plan.

Members of CUPE local 917 have individual sick and vacation entitlements and can also access a group sick bank for additional coverage when unable to work due to illness or injury.

+ Date Revised: May 6, 2016

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

N/A


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

Wages:
Temporary Staffing Solutions Pool: administrative pool used to fill temporary administrative positions across campus.
CUPE 951 Starting Hourly rate: PB3 $18.26 - $24.53 (rate determined on job duties and skills) plus 4% for vacation and stat holiday pay (dependent on hours of work before stat)

Student starting wage: $13.08/hour

Benefits:
As casual, un-appointed hourly paid employees, this group is not eligible for participation in the University’s group benefit plans.

+ Date Revised: May 6, 2016
+ Date Revised: May 6, 2016

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

The floor on faculty salary (for term and tenure) is $74,062/year. A Lecturer (no PhD yet) floor is $70,000/year and can only be for a maximum of 2 years. The person should finish their PhD and move to Assistant Professor status at that point.
http://www.uvic.ca/vpacademic/resources/Collective%20Agreement/index.php

Adjunct faculty – are not paid by the university. This appointment allows them to do research here but they are not compensated by UVic.

Adjunct faculty are non-remunerated and not eligible for participation in the University’s group benefit plans.

A Limited Term Faculty member holding a term appointment for a minimum of three (3) months at 0.50 FTE or more is eligible, on a voluntary basis, to enroll in the Medical Services Plan, Extended Health, Dental, Basic Group Life, and Optional Group Life from the first of the month following appointment, and in the Money Purchase Pension Plan after twelve (12) months of continuous service.

+ Date Revised: May 6, 2016

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

Students are paid at the very least, the minimum wage for the Province of BC which is $10.25 per hour. Most departments, however, top this up as much as they are able, but it is up to each one to decide how much is appropriate. The university paid portion of on campus workstudy positions is a maximum of $11 per hours, with many employers topping this up through departmental budgets.


The local legal minimum hourly wage for regular employees:
10.25 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:

Approximately 75% of employees working at UVic are covered by the collective bargaining agreements of either the Professional Employees Association (PEA), the Canadian Union of Public Employees locals (CUPE) or the Faculty Association (which includes librarians). Of all employees working at UVic, 98% earn at least a "living wage" as defined in urban areas of the Province of British Columbia as $19 per hour. The only union local not paying $19 per hour is one section of CUPE 4163, specially the Academic and Cultural Assistance (while at the junior level). These figures do not include work study students employed part time at the university.

Information on collective agreements for staff, plus benefits and leave information can be found on the Human Resources website, http://web.uvic.ca/hr/. Information on collective agreements for faculty, librarians and teaching assistants, sessional and lab instructors can be found here, http://www.uvic.ca/info/bargaining/fac-assn/.

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