Campaign to Organize Graduate Students -- University of Iowa / Workload
ARTICLE VII HOURS OF WORK
Section 1. Hours of Work/Percentage of Appointment as Employees. (A) Employees' hours of work are reflected in their percentage of appointment. Such hours of work are separate and distinct from the requirements imposed by academic programs in which employees are enrolled as students.
(B) It is understood that employees in this bargaining unit are engaged in professional activities of such a nature that the output produced, or the result accomplished, cannot be precisely standardized or measured in relation to a given period of time and that the time necessary to accomplish an assignment will vary.
(C) The appointment level shall be based on the appointing department's determination of the amount of time it should normally take to perform the assigned duties including orientation and training. Satisfactory performance of these duties shall not ordinarily require an effort exceeding the amounts listed below for standard appointments. However, the average number of hours per week over the course of a full appointment period as described herein, is an estimate rather than an exact time specification as illustrated below:
- Standard Appointment Percentages = Weekly Hours Averaged Over Period of Appointment
- Three quarters (75%) = 30
- Two-thirds (66.7%) = 27
- Five-eighths (62.5%) = 25
- Half (50%) = 20
- Three-eighths (37.5%) = 15
- One-third (33%) = 13
- Quarter (25%) = 10
Section 2. Off-Standard Appointments.The Employer may designate additional "off-standard" percentage appointments in which the hours of effort are proportionately consistent with the percentages listed in Section 1(c) above. The Employer shall provide a written determination of each "off standard" appointment and shall promptly remit a copy of same to the Union. The employer and its departments shall not use "off standard" appointments to avoid paying minimum salaries or salary increases as required by the provisions of this Agreement. In the event the Union disputes an "off-standard" appointment as determined by the Employer, it may raise such grievance at Level 2.
Section 3. Departmental Review of Appointments. Department chairs shall review each graduate assistant assignment to assure consistency and that appointment percentages accurately reflect the weekly hours of work averaged over the period of appointment described in this Article. Departments shall identify the task areas of the appointment and the approximate time expected to be dedicated to each of the task areas assigned over the term of the appointment, as either a weekly average or as a cumulative amount over the term of the appointment. This information will then be provided in writing to the employee at the beginning of their appointment.
If at any time over the course of an appointment, a graduate employee reasonably believes that his/her duties routinely require hours which will cumulatively exceed the hours of effort required by the appointment percentage over its full term, he/she may raise the matter with the Departmental Executive Officer. If no satisfactory resolution is achieved, the matter may be raised at Level 2 of the grievance procedure. In the event that an employee's claim is sustained informally or at any step of the grievance procedure, the Employer shall increase such employee's salary proportionately to the extra hours of effort required, or at the Employer's option if there is enough remaining time in the appointment, shall make an adjustment for the remainder of the appointment so that hours of effort are decreased proportionally.