New Hires

The faculty union (Local 138) welcomes you to St Clair College. We look forward to meeting you and would like to have an opportunity to discuss the following with you:

  1. The collective agreement
  2. Article 11 – the SWF (Standard Workload Form) – your assigned workload
  3. Contact information and sign up with OPSEU
  4. Your salary – start point on the grid – (See below for “FACTORS AFFECTING STARTING SALARY)
  5. As well, any concerns / questions that you may have

Email: or call the union office 4690 to arrange for an appointment.


As a Professor, Counsellor, or Librarian, your starting salary is based on a formula which takes into your education and relevant work experience. This formula is contained in the Collective Agreement and is not open for negotiation (unless the college wants to pay you more).

As a new employee, we ask you to:

  1. Do your own calculation of your starting salary using the “Appointment Factors” found below. Be sure to include ALL relevant education and work experience. Don’t hesitate to contact the Union representative if you need help or have any questions.

Keep in mind that the College probably calculated your salary in accordance with the information contained on your C.V or resume. In many cases, employees have applied for, and had their salaries increased, based on relevant education/experience that was not included on their resume. Historically these adjustments have not been retroactive so it is imperative that you review your starting salary as soon as possible.


APPOINTMENT FACTORS ( an excerpt from the Collective Agreement)

A) Experience: Relevant Teaching/Relevant Occupational

Relevant occupational experience generally means full years of experience in a field of work related to the material to be taught or the job to be done, or to some allied aspect of it. In determining the number of years to be counted, the College hiring must avoid the extremes of counting either “years of time passed” or years of entirely non-repetitive experience”, and must make a fair assessment of an applicant’s experience.

For example, an applicant who had spent some years as a sales clerk before qualifying as an engineer should not expect that sales experience to count as relevant experience if the person is being hired to teach engineering.

Part-time experience should be totalled only if it forms part of a regular program of development such as a co-operative educational program.

Double counting must be avoided. For example, if an applicant worked as a graduate assistant while pursuing an advanced degree, the person shall not be given full credit for both experience and educational time.

Similarly, relevant teaching experience means full years of teaching experience at a level comparable with the level required of the applicant. Again, double counting must be avoided for teaching experience as, for example, a graduate assistant while pursuing advanced qualifications.

The values to be given for experience are:

– First 5 years: 1 point per year

– Next 9 years: 2/3 point per year

– Next 12 years: 1/2 point per year

B) Relevant Formal Qualifications

Formal qualifications are those which constitute the norm in institutions of post-secondary education in the Province of Ontario. Only full years of post-secondary education at successively higher levels, and leading to a diploma, professional accreditation or degree, are recognized. For example, a graduate of a three-year technology program in a College would be given 1½ points for each of the three years, regardless of the length of time actually spent by the individual in obtaining the diploma.

No credit is to be given for a year of study in which there was significant duplication of other studies. Therefore only the highest qualification will be used in computation unless the subject areas are from different disciplines and all relevant to the appointment.

– CAAT Diploma or Post-Secondary Certificate –

per year (level) completed: 1½ points

(Maximum of 4 years)

– University Degree – per year (level) completed: 1½ points

(Maximum of 6 years)

– Formal integrated work/study program such as P.Eng., C.A., C.G.A.,

C.M.A. (formerly R.I.A.), Certified Journeyman* – per year (level) completed: 1½ points

(Maximum of 5 years)

(Note that years included herein are not also to be included under Factor A)

* “Journeyman” to be replaced with appropriate term when the Trades Qualification and

Apprenticeship Act is amended.



C) Computing Initial Placement

i) The minimum qualifications requirement is a count of 8 points based upon the appointment factors. Since this is the minimum requirement, a total of 8 points corresponds to the minimum rate. (This is not intended to preclude a College from hiring an individual whose qualifications and experience total less than 8 points. In such cases, however, the individual would be hired at the minimum of the scale.)

ii) Computation of the initial salary is, therefore, A + B – 8. The product is rounded to the next higher number, e.g.

A = 8 points

B = 4½ points

A + B = 12½ points

12½ – 8 = 4½ = 5

The starting position is the corresponding step (Step 5) on the scale.

iii) No individual will have a starting salary of less than the minimum on the salary scale.