Carleton TAs oppose clawback of overpayments by institution

February 16, 2012

Carleton University teaching assistants are protesting the administration's plan to cut their wages for the rest of the term after human resources noticed a payroll mistake dating back a year and a half. Carleton notified TAs that those hired on or after September 1, 2010 were overpaid because of a university error in the calculation of tuition rebates. As per their collective agreement, TAs who work at least 65 hours per semester have their tuition rates frozen at the time of hire. However, those hired since September 1, 2010 were mistakenly given a tuition rebate based on 2009 levels. A Carleton notice dated February 3 said affected TAs would have future paycheques reduced in total between $89 and $1,022 to recoup the overpayment. The union representing the TAs has initiated a petition in an effort to stop the move. Ottawa Citizen | Petition