ÉNAP: Contract teachers ratify agreement

After a year of bargaining, more than 25 meetings with the employer and as many caucus meetings, contract professors at the École nationale d’administration publique (ÉNAP) have ratified a new tentative agreement, effective until 2026. 

“Let’s acknowledge the exemplary professionalism of the bargaining team, who demonstrated determination and commitment to achieving their objectives despite the obstacles,” said union advisor Manon Ouellet, PSAC-Quebec.

Among the noteworthy gains, the team succeeded in obtaining a single remuneration package for all the unit’s employees. In other words, remuneration will be the same regardless of the teaching platform. 

“Again, these are major gains that I’m confident will be reflected throughout our university sector. This is a considerable achievement in the current context, and our ÉNAP members can be proud,” added Yvon Barrière, Regional Executive Vice-President, PSAC-Quebec.

The tentative agreement provides for the following increases:

2022: 2%

2023: 3.25%

2024: 2.50%

2025: 2%

2026: 2% or GSP

Other gains include:

  • Addition of 75 hours of bargaining time paid by the Employer, for a total of 250 hours. Fifty hours are added for the year preceding the start of bargaining.
  • Addition of $100 per course, or a maximum of $500 per year, for the purchase of computer equipment.
  • Lump sum for cancellation increased from 8% to 15%.
  • Student/teacher ratio established.
  • Amount for each student in excess of the ratio increased from $150 to $200 (excess applies to the 33rd student for online courses and the 29th for other platforms).
  • Addition of a clause for meaningful participation in the convocation.
  • Addition of a clause on academic freedom.
  • Addition of a clause to promote the academic output of employees.
  • Addition of a clause on intellectual property.
  • Substantial improvement in the allocation system to improve course distribution and equity among all employees.
  • Points accrue for the first 24 months of all authorized absences (disability, parental rights, CNESST).
  • Up to one year of leave without pay every seven years, during which points continue to accrue.
  • Point ratings for all activities (internships, directed readings, intervention projects, organizational projects).
  • Probation period reduced to five courses, regardless of the course code.

The union will also benefit from greater recognition:

  • Addition of a provision giving the union a say in teaching conditions, particularly with regard to allocation methods, allocation errors and the choice of employees sitting on committees
  • Specification of the number of CRP representatives and meetings.
  • A seat for the Association on the teaching qualifications review committee.
  • Right to review decisions regarding employee probation.