CÉGEP teachers worry about salaries following re-classification

September 26, 2013

CÉGEP instructors have been sending messages of concern to the Quebec government after finding out that the province is considering lowering their job classification, reports the Montreal Gazette. The QC Treasury Board has begun to re-examine the pay of CÉGEP instructors, using in their calculations time teachers spend preparing courses, teaching and correcting, but not time spent taking part in additional research, participating in committees, or any other activities associated with the job. The Treasury Board also decided it would no longer allow increased salaries for CÉGEP teachers with a master’s degree or PhD. Fred Jones, President of Dawson College’s teachers’ union, says the instructors would see their salaries reduced by about 5%, or 3 to 4 weeks of salary per year. Treasury Board Chair Stéphane Bédard insists that no CÉGEP instructor salaries will be cut, but Jones believes the board may freeze salaries until they catch up with the re-classification levels. Montreal Gazette