On Thursday, January 17, 2013 at University of Toronto Faculty Association (UTFA) Council, Prof. Judith Teichman, Chair of the UTFA Appointments Committee, presented a motion (previously passed by UTFA Executive) to the council representatives. UTFA Council passed this motion:
“The Executive recognizes the serious flaws in the Policies for Librarians and strongly supports the development of a new appointments policy for academic librarians at the University of Toronto.”
Members of UTFA Council, the UTFA Excutive and our community have long been aware of the gaps, dated attitudes and unfair policies in the University of Toronto Policies for Librarians. The policy has essentially been untouched for 40 years – why? Why has administration refused to negotiate with UTFA a new policy? Several times this subject has been raised at the negotiating table. How can UT administrators in good conscience, who seek excellence at all levels, openly support a policy that fails to support transparent, unbiased and fair employment policies for academic librarians? In comparison to the policies for academic librarians at other Canadian universities, the UT Policies for Librarians is seriously flawed and currently does not meet the basic standards assured at other Canadian universities (hiring process, appeal processes and the lack of them for some levels, appointment and progression through the ranks process, academic and professional requirements, these are some of the concerns). The monetary issues (salary, pension, PERA, workload and research days) are negotiated by UTFA as part of the ‘unfrozen policies’ stated in Article VI of the Memorandum of Agreement. The Policies for Librarians is a separate document written in 1978, with only articles pertaining to research days being updated as per negotiations.