Summary of JCRC Mediation Agreement
February 11, 2021
Respecting the Award of Colin Taylor, QC dated January 29, 2015
SFU and APSA (collectively: “Parties”) agree:
- The non-salary components of total compensation have been resolved, except as otherwise expressly addressed in this Agreement or to the extent a provision of the Taylor Award has continuing application. The JCRC will now focus on considering and making recommendations about the salary component of total compensation.
- With respect to the market survey conducted by Mercer in 2018 (“Market Survey”):
- the JCRC will acknowledge that the Parties are equal participants in that portion of the Market Survey which dealt with the salaries paid to SFU employees who are members of APSA (“APSA Market Survey”);
- representatives of both parties on the JCRC have an equal opportunity to participate in all meetings and communications with Mercer regarding the APSA Market Survey and will make reasonable efforts to attend each meeting;
- the JCRC will meet with Mercer by April 1, 2021 or such other date as Mercer may require, to determine the metrics by which data recorded in the APSA Market Survey will be analyzed and reported;
- by May 1, 2021 or such other date as Mercer may require, Mercer will be asked to interpret and analyze the data using the metrics determined by the JCRC; and
- by June 1, 2021 or such other date as Mercer may require, Mercer will be asked to prepare and deliver a report to the Parties’ principals setting out the results of the APSA Market Survey Analysis.
- In connection with SFU’s introduction of the Hay Methodology to evaluate APSA jobs at SFU:
- the JCRC will consult with Korn Ferry Hay to identify and analyze the processes used for the review or appeal of a job evaluation under the Hay Methodology by June 1, 2021; and
- by August 1, 2021, the JCRC will prepare and deliver a report setting out the JCRC’s analysis of the review or appeal processes, along with recommendations about those review or appeal processes. In the event that members of the JCRC are unable to reach a recommendation, Mr. Pekeles will have jurisdiction to prepare a recommendation on behalf of the JCRC.
- In addition, SFU will:
- identify all job descriptions for positions occupied by SFU employees who are members of APSA which were last re-written before January 1, 2016 (“Older APSA JDs”);
- priority will be given to re-write Older APSA JDs with the understanding by the Parties that for operational reasons, priority may sometimes be given to re-writing APSA JDs that are not an Older APSA JD;
- for the purpose of determining the priority in which Older APSA JDs will be re-written, SFU will consider the age of a given job description, the relationship between the position covered by a given job description, SFU’s operational priorities, and any submissions made by APSA;
- provide an in-house training program for managers in how to write job descriptions which conform to the principles of the Hay Methodology. These managers will include managers who are members of APSA, who write job descriptions for SFU employees who are members of APSA. For the purpose of determining the content of this program, SFU will do a joint consultation with Korn Ferry Hay; and
- provide funding of $40,000 for the purposes of the JCRC’s consultations with Mercer and Korn Ferry Hay.
- By September 1, 2021, the JCRC will prepare and deliver a report addressing the salary component of total compensation, making such recommendations and comments as the members of the JCRC deem appropriate, and identifying strategies for implementing such recommendations and comments as may be made. In the event that members of the JCRC are unable to reach a recommendation on a given topic, the matter may be referred to Mr. Pekeles, who will have the jurisdiction to prepare a recommendation on behalf of the JCRC.
- On April 1, 2021, the Parties will commence formal bargaining under the terms of the Basic Agreement.