Seniority Vs Hiring Priority

Hiring Priority

Hiring priority determines the order of hiring. It depends on status and seniority (and if there are ties on experience and scholarity). Status is whether a teacher is full time or part time or hourly paid. As you will see below status at times can shift priority from a teacher who has more seniority to a teacher with less seniority.


The number of years and the fractions of years worked at the college is called seniority. Seniority for non-permanent teachers is not transferable from one college to another. Thus it is strictly local to the college. Note that seniority is calculated differently for regular sector teachers and hourly-paid teachers. (Hourly-paid teachers obtain 1/450 of a year of seniority for every hour taught). If you work also in continuing education your seniority earned there will be added to your day seniority. If you get more than 50 CI units you can change your continuing education seniority into day seniority up to one year (see below)

The system of calculating seniority has been modified significantly in the new contract to prevent the possibility of a teacher passing another teacher during an academic year by adding extra teaching. In the past it was possible for two teachers, who both ended up with one full year of seniority at the end of the year, to switch places on the priority list during the year by accepting extra work. The aim is to reduce competition between teachers and also reduce pressure to accept extra work, especially short term replacement.

On October 15, the college will publish a seniority list based on the seniority earned during the 2010-11 contract year including summer school. This will correct the May 13, 2011 seniority list. After this first year in the new contract the college will publish a new seniority list once a year on October 15 during the rest of this contract. For teachers with equal (and greater than zero) seniority in a discipline, first experience and then scholarity determine the order. No teacher can earn more than one year of seniority in one year.

For teachers newly hired who have no seniority, the date of their hiring will determine their seniority until the college publishes a new seniority list the following year. The date of hiring will be determined as either the first day of the teachers contract or the first day a teacher is paid, whichever comes first. If two teachers have the same date of hiring, seniority will be determined by the date of the hiring committee recommendation. If that date is the same, the hiring order established by the selection committee will determine seniority.

No seniority for short term replacement: Unlike the previous contract, short term replacement (two weeks or less when day teachers are paid hourly) will not earn seniority. However, short term replacement will count for establishing full time status.