Most Graduate Assistants and all Instructional Student Assistants are non-exempt employees who typically work no more than 20 hours in a week. Graduate Assistants whose work involves research related to their course of study are considered “exempt.” All teaching associates are exempt employees.
The University shall pay all non-exempt Graduate Assistants and Instructional Student Assistants for all hours assigned by their supervisor and worked, including time spent in work-related meetings.
When an ISA is assigned and scheduled by their supervisor to tutor a student, the ISA shall be paid for showing up at the scheduled tutoring session if the student fails to show and the ISA was not notified before the start of the scheduled session. In such case, the supervisor may assign other duties to the ISA. The ISA shall be paid for the time period of the scheduled tutoring session.
The University shall provide paid breaks to non-exempt Graduate Assistants and Instructional Student Assistants. Non-exempt Graduate Assistants and Instructional Student Assistants shall be allowed fifteen (15) minutes paid breaks for each four (4) hours worked. The appropriate administrator in accordance with the operational needs of the department shall determine paid breaks schedules.
Teaching Associates and exempt Graduate Assistants are to be assigned reasonable workloads, which are the number of hours the University could reasonably expect a Teaching Associate or exempt Graduate Assistant to take to satisfactorily complete the work assigned. In determining what is a reasonable workload, the University shall consider the nature and quantity of work assignments (such as grading responsibilities), number of students, and type of instruction subject to the following limitations:
- a Teaching Associate or exempt Graduate Assistant with a 50% time-base appointment shall normally be assigned a workload of no more than 320 hours per semester (220 hours per quarter). This shall apply proportionately to other percent time-base appointments.
- a Teaching Associate or exempt Graduate Assistant with an appointment of 50% time-base or less shall normally be assigned a workload of no more than 8 hours a day/40 hours in any one week. The number of hours worked in excess of twenty (20) hours per week may not normally total more than 73 hours per semester (50 hours per quarter).
Teaching Associates and exempt Graduate Assistants should initiate discussions with their supervisor as soon as they anticipate any workload related issues that would result in a violation of this Article which, for the purposes of this article, will be considered the Informal Step 1 of the grievance procedure.
The provisions of this Workload Article are subject to the grievance/ arbitration procedure as modified by the following Expedited Process.
The following expedited grievance/arbitration process shall apply in all cases of alleged violations of this workload article.
In the event a grievance alleging a violation of this article is not settled at the Informal Step 1, the Union may file a grievance at Formal Step 2. For the purpose of this expedited process, the Union may submit solely the issue of whether a violation of this Article occurred directly to arbitration. In considering whether this Article has been violated, the Arbitrator shall not be precluded from reviewing the contract as a whole. Such expedited arbitration hearings shall be held on a mutually-agreeable date within 21 days of the date of the arbitration submission. Any party, its witnesses or the Arbitrator may elect to participate in such arbitration hearings via conference telephone call. Such arbitrations concerning this section shall be conducted without court reporter’s transcripts or post hearing briefs. The arbitrator shall provide a bench decision which becomes effective immediately and provide a written opinion and award.
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