Overworked? Your Collective Agreement Can Help

Brad WalchukUncategorized

We regularly hear of TAs being overworked, primarily because they are provided more assignments than they can reasonably mark in the time allocated. We often hear of TAs being allocated 10 to 15 minutes for an entire essay and are expected to provide feedback to students in that time. Under your Collective Agreement, the employer cannot act in a way that is unreasonable or arbitrary, and assigning too much work without detail of how it can and should be completed is a violation of your rights. Article 12.02(c) or your Collective Agreement states that your professor must provide you with “…details about the nature, number, and scheduling of specific assignments and the estimated hours of work each will involve. The employee and Employment Supervisor will discuss this information, taking into account course enrollment, nature of assignments, and expectations for grading, in determining reasonable workload.” If your Hours of Work form does not reflect this level of detail and direction, you are being set up to be overworked. If you have concerns, please reach out to us and we can provide assistance and support.


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