# FAQ

Collective Agreements

You get paid for courses by units so you get the same total amount for teaching a 1.5 unit course regardless of when in the year you teach it. The pay scales in the Collective Agreement are not well explained. The amounts in the pay scale are monthly and get multiplied by 4 for the total gross pay amount for the course. That amount is then spread over the pay periods for the duration of the course. Essentially, you should see bigger paycheques over the summer, but the total for the course will be the same as if you taught in fall or spring.

For Example: If you are teaching a 1.5 unit course at Step 1 of the pay scale (2020 rate) the total amount of gross pay will be \$1455 x 4 for a total of \$5820; that amount will be broken down into more pay periods in the Fall than in the Summer.

See the Continuing Sessional Status Calculation page for how the calculation works

1. The Unit Allocation for a Continuing Sessional is calculated by the average number of units taught over the last four years. The average will be rounded to the lower 1.5 unit increment. When the number of units taught in the most recent of the four years is higher than average, the average will be rounded to the nearest 1.5 units. If the average is equidistant, and the number of units taught in the most recent year is higher than average, the average will be rounded up.
2. If you teach in more than one department, your total units taught will be considered but there will be a separate calculation for each department based on the number of units taught in each department.

Resources

You get paid for courses by units so you get the same total amount for teaching a 1.5 unit course regardless of when in the year you teach it. The pay scales in the Collective Agreement are not well explained. The amounts in the pay scale are monthly and get multiplied by 4 for the total gross pay amount for the course. That amount is then spread over the pay periods for the duration of the course. Essentially, you should see bigger paycheques over the summer, but the total for the course will be the same as if you taught in fall or spring.

For Example: If you are teaching a 1.5 unit course at Step 1 of the pay scale (2020 rate) the total amount of gross pay will be \$1455 x 4 for a total of \$5820; that amount will be broken down into more pay periods in the Fall than in the Summer.

See the Continuing Sessional Status Calculation page for how the calculation works

1. The Unit Allocation for a Continuing Sessional is calculated by the average number of units taught over the last four years. The average will be rounded to the lower 1.5 unit increment. When the number of units taught in the most recent of the four years is higher than average, the average will be rounded to the nearest 1.5 units. If the average is equidistant, and the number of units taught in the most recent year is higher than average, the average will be rounded up.
2. If you teach in more than one department, your total units taught will be considered but there will be a separate calculation for each department based on the number of units taught in each department.

Employment & Volunteering

You get paid for courses by units so you get the same total amount for teaching a 1.5 unit course regardless of when in the year you teach it. The pay scales in the Collective Agreement are not well explained. The amounts in the pay scale are monthly and get multiplied by 4 for the total gross pay amount for the course. That amount is then spread over the pay periods for the duration of the course. Essentially, you should see bigger paycheques over the summer, but the total for the course will be the same as if you taught in fall or spring.

For Example: If you are teaching a 1.5 unit course at Step 1 of the pay scale (2020 rate) the total amount of gross pay will be \$1455 x 4 for a total of \$5820; that amount will be broken down into more pay periods in the Fall than in the Summer.

See the Continuing Sessional Status Calculation page for how the calculation works

1. The Unit Allocation for a Continuing Sessional is calculated by the average number of units taught over the last four years. The average will be rounded to the lower 1.5 unit increment. When the number of units taught in the most recent of the four years is higher than average, the average will be rounded to the nearest 1.5 units. If the average is equidistant, and the number of units taught in the most recent year is higher than average, the average will be rounded up.
2. If you teach in more than one department, your total units taught will be considered but there will be a separate calculation for each department based on the number of units taught in each department.

CUPE4163 Misc.

You get paid for courses by units so you get the same total amount for teaching a 1.5 unit course regardless of when in the year you teach it. The pay scales in the Collective Agreement are not well explained. The amounts in the pay scale are monthly and get multiplied by 4 for the total gross pay amount for the course. That amount is then spread over the pay periods for the duration of the course. Essentially, you should see bigger paycheques over the summer, but the total for the course will be the same as if you taught in fall or spring.

For Example: If you are teaching a 1.5 unit course at Step 1 of the pay scale (2020 rate) the total amount of gross pay will be \$1455 x 4 for a total of \$5820; that amount will be broken down into more pay periods in the Fall than in the Summer.

See the Continuing Sessional Status Calculation page for how the calculation works

1. The Unit Allocation for a Continuing Sessional is calculated by the average number of units taught over the last four years. The average will be rounded to the lower 1.5 unit increment. When the number of units taught in the most recent of the four years is higher than average, the average will be rounded to the nearest 1.5 units. If the average is equidistant, and the number of units taught in the most recent year is higher than average, the average will be rounded up.
2. If you teach in more than one department, your total units taught will be considered but there will be a separate calculation for each department based on the number of units taught in each department.