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An arbitrator has ordered Carleton University to reimburse teaching assistants whose benefits were miscalculated by the university.

Over the past year, the Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE) Local 4600, which represents more than 2,400 contract instructors and teaching assistants at Carleton, has been engaged in a grievance with the university over the calculation of the tuition increase assistance (TIA) rebate — a contract benefit guaranteed to teaching assistants to protect them from the rising cost of tuition.

“(The university) changed how they were making that calculation but didn’t notify the union,” said Dan Sawyer, who works with the CUPE local.

“So we’ve been engaged in the last year an extensive grievance process which culminated in an arbitration last week, and the result of that is that Carleton will now be repaying hundreds of thousands of dollars owing to our members.”

CUPE estimates that the university may owe the 2,400 instructors a total of up to $400,000 per semester from September 2014 through to the end of the 2015-2016 academic year...

Carleton University to repay hundreds of thousands of dollars owed to TAs | Ottawa Citizen

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