Faculty Strike Updates

December 5, 2019 

The Provost and Vice-President Academic provided students with the following update today:

Dear Students,

Thank you for your patience as we work to address your questions and concerns. I appreciate your feedback, and recognize that there are still some questions that have been left unanswered. I want you to know that we hear you, and are committed to getting you some answers as quickly as possible.

The following are responses to a few additional questions we have received:

Can I still drop a Fall semester course without penalty?

Undergraduate students who would like to drop a Fall 2019 semester course without academic penalty may request a late drop from the Office of the Registrar. Processed late drops will remove the course from the official transcript and will not impact the semester or cumulative GPA. Students who choose to drop Fall 2019 semester courses should be aware of possible impacts to their student funding, progress in their degree program and international student visa status. Questions can be forwarded to studentinfo@unbc.ca.

Students can request a drop from a Fall 2019 semester course by contacting the Office of the Registrar either in-person at the Prince George campus or via email from their UNBC email account to studentinfo@unbc.ca. The final deadline for dropping courses as part of this exceptional process is Monday December 9, 2019 at 4:30 pm.

Graduate students who are concerned about their Fall 2019 registration should contact grad-office@unbc.ca from their UNBC email account.

Is there still time to apply for Graduate programs?

The application deadline for Graduate programs starting in May 2020 and September 2020 has been extended to January 15, 2020. Late applications may be considered in exceptional circumstances but we cannot guarantee your application will be processed in time to be considered for admission and/or study permits. Please contact graduate-admissions@unbc.ca for more information.

I would like to provide feedback to a Faculty member. If teaching evaluations are not provided, are there any other opportunities to provide feedback?

We appreciate and value course feedback from our students. Students continue to be welcome to provide their feedback directly to Faculty members or Program Chairs.

Thank you for continuing to provide questions and feedback. We will continue to update our Questions and Answers webpage as questions come in.

December 4, 2019 

The Provost and Vice-President Academic provided students with the following update today:

Good afternoon,

Thank-you to everyone who is supporting our students to complete the fall semester by Friday Dec. 13, as per the direction provided by Senate.

Following are responses to two additional questions we have received: 

Q - What options are available to students who were ready to defend their thesis/dissertation but who were unable to submit a scheduling request during the strike?

A - The Office of Graduate Programs is working individually with students and their supervisors and examining  committee members, in an effort to find appropriate adjusted schedules. Please reach out to Jill Mitchell Nielsen directly for additional details and support: jill.mitchellnielsen@unbc.ca

Q – Will teaching evaluations take place this semester?

A – The University will not require that student course evaluations be completed this year. However some instructors may still wish to complete the evaluation process, or may have already done so.  The University supports instructors in this endeavor, so if, as a student, you are asked to complete an evaluation, please do so as your feedback is valued and contributes to ongoing improvements in course delivery for you and future students.

Thank you for continuing to provide questions and feedback. We will continue to update our Question and Answer webpage as questions come in.

December 2, 2019 

Earlier today, Senate discussed how best to complete the 2019 September semester. Senate approved a motion to remove the scheduled Exam period from the September semester, and make a change to the last day of classes to allow for additional instructional time.

Classes will now run until Friday, December 13, 2019.  Faculty will have the flexibility to work with Program Chairs and Deans to amend course syllabi and evaluation methods to the extent necessary to allow completion of courses and course requirements within 2019.

Students are advised to reach out to their professors with questions relating to specific courses and requirements.


Following is the full text of the motion approved at Senate on Monday Dec. 2, 2019 re: Completion of the September 2019 Academic Semester.
*Please note, the precise wording of the motion is considered unofficial until the Minutes of the Dec. 2 meeting are approved by Senate, but the motion is effective on approval - Dec 2nd, 2019.

S-201912.02

Graduate and Undergraduate Academic Calendars - Regulations and Policies

That Senate approves the removal of the Exam Period from the 2019 September Semester Dates, and further approves the change in the Last Day of Classes from Tuesday December 3rd, 2019 to Friday December 13th, 2019 and authorizes the Registrar to adjust the 2019 Semester Dates in the 2019-2020 UNBC Graduate and Undergraduate Academic Calendars to give effect to this change;

And further that, Senate authorizes Faculty, with the approval of their Program Chairs,  or Dean as necessary, to amend course syllabi and intended evaluation methods to the extent necessary to allow for final evaluation and issuance of credit for all September 2019 courses in a timely manner, while maintaining academic integrity and respecting Program and pre-requisite requirements. That Faculty, in consultation with Program Chairs, ensure that the amendments to course syllabi and course evaluations do not excessively burden students;

And, in the current, limited and exceptional circumstances, Senate further authorizes the Deans, in consultation with Program Chairs and the Registrar to exercise discretion in approving reasonable exceptions, adjustments and interpretations of Academic Regulations and Policies in the Calendars that allow for students impacted by the job action to complete September 2019 credits in a timely manner, while maintaining academic integrity.

Effective Date: Upon Approval of Senate

November 29, 2019

The Provost and Vice-President Academic provided students with the following update today:

At 3:00 pm this afternoon, the Faculty Association announced that as of 4:30 pm on Friday November 29, 2019, pickets would be coming down, but that job action will continue in the form of withdrawal of internal committee service, excepting Senate and the Board of Governors.

The removal of pickets this afternoon means that classes will resume as usual on Monday December 2, 2019. For students with scheduled classes or clinical/practicum hours on Saturday November 30, 2019 or Sunday December 1, 2019, please check with your instructor or placement coordinator/supervisor as soon as possible regarding returning to regular arrangements.

A special meeting of Senate has been called for Monday December 2, 2019 at 3:30 pm in the Senate Chambers to consider removal of the Exam Period and alternate arrangements for evaluation and completion of courses and academic requirements for the September semester.  We will advise students on the outcome of this meeting immediately following the Senate Meeting. 

While we still have not achieved a negotiated agreement, I am grateful to Faculty for this decision, happy to welcome our students back to classes and looking forward to supporting the successful semester completion.

November 29, 2019

President Daniel Weeks provided the following statement this afternoon regarding bargaining:

I am very happy to see that the FA has agreed to remove picket lines and allow students to return to class. The University community will do all we can to welcome students back to our campuses and support them as they finish this semester.

In addition, I look forward to welcoming all our colleagues, including FA and CUPE members, as they return to work. This has been a challenging time, but I am certain we can find ways to collaborate in support of this institution’s vision, mission and values.

This time will also give us some space to continue working on our issues. We recognize this is an important gesture that provides us the ability to continue bargaining, focus on people, and resume normal operations.

As for the FA’s decision to file an unfair labour practice, the Employer understands that it is the prerogative of the Faculty Association to file this claim. The Employer will present our position to the Labour Board.

The Special mediator has indicated he will be in touch with us in the coming days and we look forward to his input in helping us achieve a negotiated settlement.

The Provost will provide further information regarding the return to classes later today.

November 28, 2019

This evening, the provincially appointed special mediator adjourned the process with the bargaining teams following extensive bargaining periods that began Wednesday afternoon and went well into the evenings on both Wednesday and Thursday.

No agreement was reached between the two parties.

The special mediator has indicated he will be in touch with the parties over the next few days to discuss options moving forward.

November 28, 2019

The Provost and Vice-President Academic provided students with the following update today:

Dear Students,

Last night the BC Minister of Labour appointed special mediator, Trevor Sones, began working with the parties. The parties have been meeting throughout the day, and the mediation continues.

At this time, as no agreement has been reached, classes will not be running Friday, November 29, 2019. 

Today was the third consecutive day where I have had a chance to meet with and hear the concerns of student representatives. Along with ongoing feedback from student union leadership, these conversations are helping student concerns be heard.

While I have addressed some of the questions below in previous updates, we continue to receive a high volume of queries on these topics, so I wanted to highlight these answers again. I will continue to provide updates and responses to new questions, to the extent possible, as they arise.

Is the UNBC Library open during the strike?

The library remains open with reduced services and hours (8:30-4:30 weekdays and 12:30-6:00 on weekends). Please see library.unbc.ca for further information.

I am on a placement in a remote community, is there any additional compensation available?

UNBC has committed to establishing a Student Hardship Fund for students who are on a clinical placement or practicum away from their home campus.  Upon completion of the strike, UNBC will reach out to students registered in these placements and provide students with the information to request financial support.

I’m applying for scholarships/bursaries/grants. How do I get a reference letter?

We understand that students who require a reference letter from a faculty member may be feeling anxious. Support is available for undergraduate and graduate students through the Graduate Programs office. We will be working individually with students to explore options. For further information, please click here.

I’m applying for a TriCouncil grant, what should I do?

Students applying to the Tri-Council CGS M competition should reach out to grad-office@unbc.ca if they have not already done so and be working to ensure all required application materials (except references) are included in their application by the December 2, 2019 8:00 pm EST deadline.

November 27, 2019 

The Provost and Vice-President Academic provided students with the following update today:

Dear Students,

This morning the BC Minister of Labour appointed special mediator, Trevor Sones, who will begin working with the parties immediately. At this time, as no agreement has been reached, classes will not be running Thursday November 28, 2019.

I will continue to talk with NUGSS and NBCGSS leadership, and with other students, to hear and understand your concerns, and I will continue to provide updates and responses to questions, to the extent possible, as they arise.

How will decisions be made about how courses will continue and be completed?

Changes to course delivery and completion require direction from Senate and, input and some discretion and judgement by faculty to assess academic requirements, rigour, methods of evaluation and student needs. Until we know with certainty the end date of the strike and have the direction and input of Senate and faculty, we can only provide options for how the semester might be completed.

Will my Semester be lost?

UNBC is committed to working with and supporting students, Senate and Faculty to ensure that students are able to complete the semester they began in September in as short a timeline as possible, without jeopardizing the academic integrity of the credit(s) to be issued. 

When can I plan to go home for Christmas break?

The UNBC Undergraduate and Graduate Calendars indicate that classes conclude no later than the end of the final exam period (December 14, 2019) and will not resume until the published beginning of the Winter semester (January 6, 2020).  As Provost I intend to recommend to Senate that any solution or option considered for completion of the term respects those dates.

What are the options that could be considered for continuing classes at the end of job action?

Some options for course completion that Senate could consider include:

  •  extending class activities into the exam period,
  • altered course requirements
  • altered course delivery and assessment
  • extended deadlines, and/or
  • extending classes or exams into January 2020.

Why can’t I just get the grade I have now?

This may be possible with some, but not all courses, and is a complex solution requiring discussion with Senate and input from Faculty and Programs.

How long do I have to drop a course?

You can drop a course without academic penalty at any time during the job action. Upon return to classes, we will send information about a deadline for dropping courses.

I am in a Professional Program with a Practicum requirement – am I going to be able to complete my Practicum?

We are giving careful consideration to these courses and situations. Specific answers about clinical/practicum completion require input from Faculty, practicum placement staff and external placement agencies, and specific responses and solutions can only be provided after job action concludes. Our commitment continues to be that all required clinical/practicum requirements will be met.

November 27, 2019

This morning, the University was officially notified that a Special Mediator has been appointed by the provincial government. Trevor Sones has been appointed to take on that role. The Employer is supportive of mediated talks and looks forward to continuing negotiations towards a collective agreement.

November 26, 2019 

The Provost and Vice-President Academic provided students with the following update today:

Dear Students,

Today, the FA requested that a special mediator be appointed to help move negotiations along, an approach the Employer supports. However, as no agreement is in place no classes will run Wednesday, November 27, 2019.

We continue to engage with students, including the executive from NUGSS and NBCGSS, who are voicing your concerns. I also had the opportunity to have a respectful and meaningful conversation with some student representatives this afternoon. I want to thank them for sharing your questions with me, and have begun to address some of these below. I will continue to meet with students over the coming days and will provide ongoing updates as I am able.

Question 1: What services are available to students during ​the strike?

Many UNBC services continue to be available for students during the strike. These services include:

  • Agora Dining Hall   9am-9pm weekdays; 8am-10pm weekends 
  • Cashier’s Office    1:30pm-2pm Monday to Friday
  • Counselling Services    9am-4pm Monday to Friday
  • First Nations Centre   8:30-4:30 Monday to Friday
  • Graduate Programs   8:30-4:30 Monday to Friday
  • Health Services (Registered Nurse)  10am-12pm Monday to Friday
  • Student Advising    via email advising@unbc.ca
  • Student Street    8:30-4:30 Monday to Friday
    • Applications
    • Confirmation of enrolment
    • Financial Aid
    • Registration
    • Transcripts

Question 2: Now that Monday has passed without reaching an agreement, what will happen?

UNBC remains committed to the successful completion of the semester that began in September.  However, until there is an agreement in place, only contingency plans can be developed. Some of the options being discussed are outlined in the FAQs.

Any changes to semester dates listed in the UNBC calendar will require approval by Senate.

Question 3:  I am concerned about a faculty reference letter I require.

We understand that students who require a reference letter from a faculty member may be feeling anxious. Support is available for undergraduate and graduate students through the Graduate Programs office. Students who are applying for Tri-Council awards CGS-M, please email Graduate Programs immediately at grad-office@unbc.ca. We will be working individually with students to explore options. For further information, please click here.

I understand that these are difficult times, and fully appreciate the frustration and stress that many of you are feeling.  Be assured, however, job action will end, and together we will work to ensure the successful completion of this semester. 

Thank you,
Daniel Ryan, PhD
Provost and Vice-President Academic

November 26, 2019

The Employer learned today that the FA has requested that a special mediator be appointed to help move negotiations along. This is an approach the Employer supports. Hopefully this will lead to continued productive conversations that will result in students returning to class and our employees coming back to work.

November 25, 2019

Both parties continue to engage in discussions at the bargaining table, however, a deal has not yet been reached. For this reason, there will be no classes running Tuesday, November 26, 2019.  If there are any changes to this status, we will update you as quickly as possible via email and web. 

November 22, 2019

The Employer and FA bargaining teams met again all day yesterday and into the evening.

Late Wednesday, the PSEC Secretariat advised that the FA’s most recent proposal fell outside the province’s mandate. As a result, the Employer worked through the evening to refine our offer, detailed below, and presented it Thursday morning.

The offer still includes a superior compensation model featuring competitive wages. Importantly, the offer now includes the removal of non-monetary issues deemed as key rights by the FA.

The FA rejected the offer, although the Employer has indicated that it remains open until Saturday afternoon.

This offer is submitted with the intent of reaching a respectful agreement and for the betterment of UNBC.

Compensation

The University is committed to a superior and competitive salary structure for faculty that accomplishes the following:

  • Ensures that the salary structure is aligned with the competitive benchmarks agreed to by the FA and the Employer in the Working Group on Compensation (formed following the last strike).
  • Ensures that starting salaries are competitive and facilitate the recruitment of outstanding faculty.
  • Ensures salary adjustments are distributed equitably across ranks.
  • Ensures that the salary ranges and annual Career Development Increments (CDI) for faculty (increased from $1,111 to $2,700) are financially sustainable past this agreement.

The focus of the 2019 round of bargaining has been to increase the salaries of faculty. Both bargaining teams know that limited funding is available and that the funding envelope must fall within the province's mandate.

Following on the productive work of the Compensation Working Group, the Employer remains focused on implementing a competitive pay structure, which includes competitive floors, ceilings and CDI values. The Employer relied on this strategy to gain support with PSEC for an investment to faculty salaries at UNBC. Similarly, we have relied on this approach in our discussions with the FA bargaining team since bargaining began in March of this year.

Our compensation proposal differs from the FA bargaining team’s most recent proposal in the following ways:

Faculty Association Employer
Lower starting salaries for each rank Higher starting salaries for each rank
Adjustments to salaries as per the graph below Equitable distribution of salary increases across the ranks
Higher automatic CDIs of $3,100 $2,700 CDI as was agreed to by the parties several weeks ago
Insists that the employer’s model is “untried and untested” to defend lower starting salary structures and extensive overlap in ranges
  • The salary structure reflects the normal career progression of faculty through the ranks, rewarding promotion
  • The ranges for each rank ensure that the competitive model is sustainable

Faculty Nominal Salary Progressions:


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Assistant Professor Current CA Employer proposal FA proposal
Floor 72128 77800 75210
3 yrs in rank 76573 83200 81410
6 yrs in rank 79906 91300 90710

Associate Professor Current CA Employer proposal FA proposal
Floor 87717 96700 90710
3 yrs in rank 92162 102100 96910
6 yrs in rank 95495 110200 106210

Full Professor Current CA Employer proposal FA proposal
Floor 106549 121000 115510
3 yrs in rank 110994 126400 121710
6 yrs in rank 114327 134500 131010
9 yrs in rank 117660 142600 140310
12 yrs in rank 120993 150700 149610
Ceiling 158800 165110

Highlights of the compensation offer include the following:

  • Tenured and Tenure-track faculty
    • Closes the salary gap between our faculty salaries and the average salaries of faculty at our comparator universities.
    • Average salary increases of approximately 15% over three years which vary depending on the individual rank and number of years in rank.
    • Annual Career Development Increment (CDI) increase from $1,111 to $2,700.
  • Librarians
    • Annual CDI increase from $1,111 to $2,200.
    • A 9% increase to salary ranges over three years resulting in a general wage increase of 9% over three years.
  • Senior Lab Instructors
    • A new Senior Lab Instructor Rank IV, creating additional career-growth and earning opportunities for senior lab instructors.
    • A new career path opportunity for teaching-focused SLIs (new designation – Senior Instructor).
    • An annual increase to the CDI of 2%.
    • A 6% increase to salary ranges over three years resulting in a general wage increase of 6% over three years.

Key rights issues

The Employer is committed to honouring contractual obligations to existing faculty:

  • Faculty who currently receive market differentials (which normally have an expiry date) in addition to their nominal salaries, will have those differentials incorporated into their new nominal salary before placement onto the new salary scale.

The Employer remains committed to the Program Chair structure:

  • The offer proposes updated language to reflect current practices and ensures that there are limited exceptions going forward.

The Employer is committed to fairness in the terms and conditions of employment of term members:

  • This offer creates a new Continuing Senior Instructor position and ensures current protections in the Collective Agreement remain in place.

The Employer is committed to safeguarding the Tenure and Promotion process through the principles of collegial decision making:

  • The significance of our commitment is conveyed through withdrawing our earlier proposal for the removal of the appeal committee.
  • The offer proposes the establishment of a Joint Working Group in which the parties further study the effectiveness of the Appeal process and make recommendations to the next round of collective bargaining.

The Employer’s commitment to protect faculty who are sick or injured should be supported by the Collective Agreement. The proposal, which is to remove outdated forms in the agreement, ensures the following:

  • That faculty receive timely support for benefits claims.
  • That necessary information is provided to our benefits carriers.
  • That privacy and confidentiality is protected.

Conclusion

The Employer’s current offer proposes a compensation structure that not only recognizes the efforts and dedication of our current, long-serving faculty, but also provides improved career progression for early-career faculty.

The Employer has made every effort to optimize the available funding, while also listening to the concerns of the FA bargaining team and the broader membership base regarding rights and collegial governance processes.


Update for Students

Friday, November 22, 2019

Both parties continue to engage in discussions at the bargaining table, however, a formal deal has not yet been reached. For this reason, there will be no classes running Monday, November 25, 2019. If there are any changes to this status, we will update you as quickly as possible via email and web. 

The University has provided information about their latest offer to the FA.

I understand that this strike has left many feeling anxious; so, I would like to take this opportunity to address a number of questions that have been posed by students over the last two weeks. 

Question 1: Is UNBC preparing to welcome students back to campus when the Strike is over?

Yes, a number of units have been working to ensure that UNBC is prepared to welcome students back to campus. In particular, Student Affairs, the Office of Graduate Programs and the Registrar’s Office have been working diligently to answer student questions to the best of our ability, and are preparing to support students when they return to classes. Our Health Services team continues to support students with their health and counselling needs, and are working to ensure we have plans in place to support an increased demand when classes resume. In planning for a return to classes, the Provost’s Office has struck a working group including members of the Registrar’s Office, Deans, the Student Unions and Graduate Programs. The group has talked about plans to ensure that we are prepared for students to resume to classes; however, final preparations cannot be confirmed until the Faculty resume classes. I will talk about some of these options below.

Question 2: Will the semester be lost or cancelled?

UNBC is committed to a student-centered approach in all return to class planning, including ensuring that students are able to complete the semester they began in September.

With more than 70% of the semester completed prior to the strike, there are a couple of options that will allow students to complete the semester.  However, we are unable to commit to a specific option until we have an agreement in place.

As we are quickly reaching a point where we are unable to complete the current semester within the posted Academic Dates, I would like to provide a few options that we have been considering.

Option 1:  If a deal is reached over the weekend and Faculty return to teaching on Monday, November 25, 2019.

In this situation, UNBC would plan to complete the semester within the current academic schedule. Students would complete their remaining instructional days and exam schedule as published. We would ask Faculty to clearly outline the expectations for the remainder of the semester, including any changes to the assessments required to complete the semester. 

Option 2: If Faculty return to teaching after Monday, November 25, 2019 but on or before Monday, December 3, 2019.

In this situation, UNBC would plan to extend the teaching semester to December 14, 2019, which is the last scheduled day of exams. 

If this were to be the case, we would consider either cancelling the exam period entirely and instead rely on in-class assessments completed within this extended instructional period, or provide for a reduced exam schedule early in the new year. This could include minor delays to the start of the winter semester.

Option 3: If the faculty do not return to teaching before December 3, 2019.

UNBC would then consider extending this semester into the new year, and delaying the start of the winter semester. 

Other options are currently being considered. However, until an agreement in place, and Faculty members resume their teaching responsibilities, we are unable to provide a final plan and timeframe for the completion of the semester at this time.

I would like to reiterate UNBC’s commitment to a student-centered approach in ensuring that the semester that began in September will be completed.

Question 3: Will students be compensated for lost time?

UNBC has committed to providing a non-refundable financial credit for all students affected by the strike. The value of this credit depends on the length of the strike, and will be determined once we have an agreement in place. 

Upon completion of the strike, UNBC will email students information about the credit, and how it can be accessed.

We recognize that some students may not take up the offer of a non-refundable financial credit.  For this reason, UNBC has committed to creating a fund to help future students who are facing financial hardships. The value of this fund will depend on the length of the strike.

Question 4: What happens if I want to drop a course?

Undergraduate students who would like to drop a Fall 2019 semester course without academic penalty may request a late drop from the Office of the Registrar. Processed late drops will remove the course from the official transcript and will not impact the semester or cumulative GPA. Students who choose to drop Fall 2019 semester courses should be aware of possible impacts to their student funding, progress in their degree program and international student visa status. Questions can be forwarded to studentinfo@unbc.ca.

Students can request a drop from a Fall 2019 semester by contacting the Office of the Registrar either in person at the Prince George campus or via email from their UNBC email account to studentinfo@unbc.ca.

Graduate students who are concerned about their Fall 2019 registration should contact grad-office@unbc.ca from their UNBC email account.

Question 5: I am on a placement in a remote community, is there any additional compensation available?

UNBC has committed to establishing a Student Hardship Fund for students who are on a clinical placement or practicum away from their home campus.  Upon completion of the strike, UNBC will reach out to students registered in these placements and provide students with the information to request financial support.

Question 6: I am waiting on a letter of reference from a faculty member. What can I do?

Students who are concerned about pending letters of reference required for internal and external admission applications and awards can reach out to grad-office@unbc.ca for support.

Question 7: Will the winter semester run as planned?

UNBC is committed to getting students back into class as soon as possible to ensure that Fall semester is completed. Likewise, we are committed to ensuring the Winter semester runs as close as possible to the current scheduled timeline.

However, until we have a date as to when the Faculty will resume their teaching responsibilities, it is not possible to provide a definitive answer to this question.

These responses will be added to the Questions and Answers section of the website.

For any updates, please continue to monitor your email, or check the Labour Relations page.

Question 8: What is PSEC and why is it relevant?

The Public Sector Employers Council (PSEC) was established in 1993 under the former NDP government. PSEC works with approximately 140 Public Sector institutions, and supports them in bargaining. Government, via the PSEC Secretariat, sets a bargaining mandate for the public sector, which all public sector employers are statutorily bound to observe.

UNBC is currently bargaining under the province’s Sustainable Services Negotiating Mandate, which applies to all public sector employers with unionized employees whose collective agreements expire on or after December 31, 2018.

UNBC is responsible for ensuring that all offers received from the Faculty Association, or developed by UNBC, fall within the Mandate as set by the Government.  In this context, all proposals received from the Faculty Association, or presented by UNBC to the Faculty Association must be vetted by PSEC. The response time to these requests can be very quick if there are only slight modifications to the previous proposal that was vetted by PSEC, or may take much more time if there are significant changes to a proposal that was previously vetted by PSEC. 

Prior to submitting any revised language to PSEC, UNBC’s due diligence includes tracking each article in detail so both parties know if words have been deleted or inserted. This means the Employer’s team has an obligation to review each word carefully and thoroughly, as changes to words can mean changes to the compensation envelope.

For further information about PSEC, please see their website.