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Friday, June 21, 1996
A pay boost for staff
For the first time since May 1992, staff members at UW are getting
a pay increase. A memo went out yesterday from the provost, Jim
Kalbfleisch, announcing a 1 per cent increase in salary scales for
non-union staff -- and three extra days of holidays this year.
The increase is retroactive to May 1, the beginning of the 1996-97
fiscal year. Thanks to
Ontario government's Social Contract,
staff pay has been frozen for exactly four years as of that date
(and reduced through "unpaid days" for some of the time).
Staff members will see the money in their paycheques starting
in August (with a retroactive payment for May, June and July included
in that end-of-August cheque). At least, "we hope" all the paperwork
can be done in time, says Catharine Scott, associate provost (human
resources). "There's a lot of work to do between now and then," she
added, because the salary increase process hasn't been used
She noted that individual staff members' pay increases depend on the
results of their performance evaluations, and urged departments to finish
up any evaluations that haven't been done yet.
The 1 per cent increase applies to salary scales. Individual increases
depend on a staff member's performance ("merit") and current salary,
above or below the "job rate" for that position. A very poor performer
could get zero increase; the increase for an excellent performer whose
salary is low in the scale could be as high as 6 per cent. The average,
Scott said, will be about 2.5 per cent. "It's significant, I think,"
The increase was worked out by the provost's advisory committee on staff
compensation, and was approved on Wednesday by the executive committee
of the board of governors. Among its provisions, besides the pay boost:
This morning I asked UW's president, James Downey, where the money for
the pay increase will come from. "We'll have to reopen the budget and
squeeze it a little harder," he said. As approved by the board of
governors earlier this month,
the 1996-97 budget includes a $756,000
contingency fund, not enough to pay for the staff increases (and faculty
salary negotiations are still to come).
- Three additional paid holidays this year, "to be used by June
30, 1997. Departments are encouraged to consider the possibility of
selecting a common day of holiday, for example, December 23, 1996."
- "A review of the current performance appraisal system to ensure
that the system is one that appropriately recognizes and rewards
- "A review of the Hay evaluation program" (by which individual jobs
are classified) and "a review of the comparability of the UW salary
structure with that of public and private sector employers".
- A second look at the pay increase, and possible change in it, "in the
event the financial position of the University substantially changes or
in light of salary settlements reached by the Faculty Association of the
University of Waterloo (FAUW) and Canadian Union of Public Employees
(CUPE) Local 793."
Does that mean there could be new losses of jobs as a result of
the pay increase? "That can't be ruled out," Downey said. He added
that negotiators in the staff compensation committee understood that
possibility when they agreed on the package that's now been announced.
Waterloo's on the Web
The City of Waterloo has a brand-new site on the World Wide Web,
just available this morning. The URL is
http://www.oceta.on.ca/city.waterloo/. And what's that at the bottom of the home page?
University of Waterloo, Best University Overall In Canada
of possible interest are these pages that I've noticed lately
on the Web:
- National Reputational Ranking - 1991, 1992, 1993, 1994, McLean's Magazine.
Solar cars visit tomorrow
Canadian Solar Discovery Challenge starts tomorrow in London,
and the first stop will be Waterloo.
Half a dozen solar-powered cars built by student groups at various
universities are making time trials and attracting spectators as they
make their way to Montreal, via Ottawa.
The Waterloo stop is at parking lot N, near Matthews Hall. Cars will
be stopping by at various times between 9 a.m. and 1 p.m. tomorrow,
and visitors are welcome. UW's own Midnight Sun III isn't making the
cross-country trip, but will be on display at lot N from 9 to 1. Other
cars and projects built by UW engineering students will also be there,
including the Formula SAE Car and Concrete Toboggan.
Now that summer's here
A few other things are happening, such as . . .
And the city of Waterloo holds its annual Sounds of Summer festival
Saturday and Sunday in Waterloo Park. Music starts at noon both days,
with acts including U4EA, Big Sugar, Great Big Sea, The Mahones and
Sue Foley. There are two stages for performers, both on the west
(Westmount Road) side of the park, plus KidsFest closer to Laurel
Creek. In addition, Sounds of Summer includes an arts and crafts
fair, a midway, and "great food" (the Bavarian Gardens will be licensed
to serve liquor). Admission is $10, kids 10 and under free. Parking is
off Seagram Drive and Father David Bauer Drive.
- A party is set for this evening to honour Bruce
Hutchinson and Ralph Haas, both retiring from the department of
civil engineering. "Former students are coming from Hong Kong, New
Jersey, three from Calgary, Quebec City, and several from Ottawa,"
one of the organizers reports.
- The Chinese Students and Scholars Association has a dance party
scheduled for tonight in the Math and Computer building, "to ice out
- The Student WatGreen Network has its Laurel Creek cleanup set for
tomorrow, starting at 9 a.m. "The need for improving Laurel Creek is no
big secret," says organizer Jeremy Steffler. "The SWN wanted to take a
first step, no matter how small." So faculty, staff, students, and anybody
else interested is invited to help out: meet at the Physical Activities
parking lot and break up into groups to tackle various sections of the
creek on campus. More information: watgreen@watserv1.
- Electrical power, heating, cooling and ventilation will be
turned off in South Campus Hall tomorrow morning from 7 to 11. (Turn off
your computers before you go home for the weekend.)
- As the International Conference on Computing and Information
winds up in the Village II conference centre, hockey players, trainers
and referees will be arriving for a series of camps and seminars
organized by the Ontario Hockey Association. They include a
"referee school" with some 80 participants, running Saturday
Chris Redmond -- email@example.com
and Public Affairs, University of Waterloo
(519) 888-4567 ext. 3004
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