Removal of Ottawa professor’s clerical support triggers grievance

University not permitted to change original deal: Arbitrator
|Canadian Labour Reporter|Last Updated: 05/14/2018

After he was told that his administrative assistant’s contract would not be renewed, a professor at the University of Ottawa filed a grievance.

Amir Attaran began working at the school in 2004, and his original letter of appointment (LOA) promised, “You will have access to clerical support from the global health group secretariat.”

Attaran testified that when he was first approached by the university for the possiblity of becoming a professor, he said it was mandatory that his position included clerical support. He said two days per week was sufficient to meet his needs and he would not accept a job without it.