Academic staff salaries should be paid in accordance with a single salary grid based on the full range of academic staff responsibilities (teaching/professional practice, research and service) There should be clearly defined floors, ceilings, and criteria for placement on appointment. It is also crucial to ensure that academic staff with equal qualifications and experience are paid equally.
Qualifications and experience as specified in the Collective Agreement should determine where each position is placed on the grid. This job rate and the grid should be adjusted annually by scale increases to maintain adequate levels of compensation.
The number of steps (sometimes referred to as “Progress through the Ranks” or “Career Development Increments”) within the grid should be strictly limited, so as to ensure that academic staff proceed in a timely fashion to the maximum salary.1
Step increases on the grid provide for orderly salary progression in one’s career. They are an entitlement as compensation for contributions and enhanced competencies that are a result of experience. Since such improvements are more rapid at the beginning of a career, the value of a step should be greater in earlier years when advancements are more rapid. Step increases should not be based on merit assessments.
CAUT is opposed to the payment of market differentials. Where market differentials and merit pay exist they should be phased out in a systematic fashion.
All employee groups, including contract academic staff, should be on the grid, pro-rated, including benefits and any other right accorded by the Collective Agreement to regular academic staff.
Contract academic staff should be compensated for canceled courses.
Approved by the CAUT Council, May 2014.
1. Depending on the existence of academic ranks and the policy of the local association, rank differentials may or may not be incorporated in the salary grid.