This material is a guide for FSA members regarding excess work and its remuneration. In brief, we ask that members not volunteer to work excessive hours on a voluntary basis without compensation. Instead, we ask that members insist on being compensated, or—in rare cases and only after consulting with the FSA—refuse to do the work.
This material is not meant to capture the small variations and fluctuations that occur in an environment of collegial governance—the usual give and take many Departments and work units have with their managers and colleagues.
Our concern is with excessive volumes of work that exceed the Collective Agreement’s restrictions, in particular with workloads that increase and do not subsequently decrease in a reasonable period of time.
Though many of you are content with how things are run in your Department, we ask that you consider the situation of some of our members who are experiencing overwork. By standing up for fairness in your Department, you protect the rights in the Collective Agreement and consequently are helping those colleagues facing serious issues of overwork.
These FAQs do not constitute legal advice. For any clarification about the answers provided below or for any other questions please do not hesitate to contact us!