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Pay Periods and Start & End Dates

TSSU members are paid on a biweekly salary scale. Each 4-month semester corresponds to approximately 17 weeks, divided into 8.5 pay periods. Appointments during Intersession (May-June) and Summer (July-August) semesters have 4 pay periods. On your contract for the semester, the contract start and end dates indicate when you’re an employee, while the payroll start and end dates indicate your schedule of pay. Because these dates don’t often align, you may receive your last paycheque prior to the end of your work contract.

SFU’s 2021 payroll schedule can be found here.

Wage Structure

The basic components of the salary scale for each category of employment are listed below. For more information contact us.

TAs & TMs

Wages are paid on a salaried basis and defined in terms of Base Units (BUs). One BU corresponds to a maximum of 42 hours of work (less 1.1 hours for statutory holiday compensation). The dollar value per BU varies depending on your status as a student; all values are effective May 1, 2019:

Student Status Classification Salary per BU Scholarship per BU* Total per BU
Undergraduate student Undergraduate TA/TM (UTA/UTM) $1,071 $0 $1,071
Master’s student Graduate TA/TM 1 (GTA1/GTM1) $1,071 $150 $1,221
PhD student Graduate TA/TM 2 (GTA2/GTM2) $1,071 $376 $1,447
Non-student External TA/TM (ETA/ETM) $1,071 $0 $1,071

*less unworked prep BUs (typically 0.17 BUs, but with some exceptions)

While TSSU and SFU have a difference regarding the method of calculation, from 1 May 2018 to 30 April 2019 the following will work to calculate your salary.

Using the table below you can calculate your correct rate of pay by multiplying the number of base units by the salary, and adding that amount to the amount obtained by multiplying the number of base units, less the 0.17 base units for unworked preparation, by the scholarship amount appropriate to your status. There are some exceptions to the base units subtracted for unworked preparation (eg: subsequent appointments in mathematics or statistics workshops).

For example, a GTA1 with a 5.17 BU appointment for Fall 2020 would receive 5.17 BUs x $1,071 salary + 5 BUs x $150 scholarship = $6,287 in total compensation.

TA/TM Scholarship Amounts

DateSalaryGTA1/GTM1 ScholarshipGTA2/GTM2 ScholarshipValue of 0.17 schedule
May 1, 2019$1071$150$376$184
April 30, 2019$1050$147$368$180
May 1, 2018$1,031$144$361$176
May 1, 2017$1,011$141$354$172
May 1, 2016$992$138$347$169
May 1, 2015$982$137$343$167
May 1, 2014$972$135$340$165
May 1, 2013$972$135$340$165

Sessional Instructors

Wages are paid on a salaried basis and defined in terms of contact hours. While TSSU and SFU have a difference regarding the method of calculation, from 1 May 2018 to 30 April 2019 the following will work to calculate your salary.

Using the table below you can calculate your correct rate of pay by multiplying the total number of contact hours (including the 1.25 contact hours for initial and ongoing preparation) by the salary rate listed below to determine your total compensation.

For example, a Sessional Instructor with 3 hours of weekly contact in Fall 2020 would receive (3.0 contact hours + 1.25 contact hours for prep) x $1,514 = $6,681 total compensation.

DateSalary per Contact HourValue of 0.25 schedule
May 1, 2019$1572$394
April 30, 2019$1541$386
May 1, 2018$$1514$379
May 1, 2017$1,485$371
May 1, 2016$1,457$365
May 1, 2015$1,443$361
May 1, 2014$1,428$357
May 1, 2013$1,428$357

English Language and Culture (ELC) / Interpretation and Translation Program (ITP) Instructors

Wages are paid on a salaried basis and defined in terms of contact hours.

ExperienceContact RateActual Rate
New B.A.
New M.A.


Effective May 1, 2019 with a 2.00% General Wage Increase

Service Years May 1, 2019

Guide on how to check your pay stubs

  1. Log in to myINFO;
  2. Click “Payroll and Compensation Home”;
  3. Click “View Paycheques”;
  4. You will see a list of pay stubs — select view paycheque to open a pdf copy that can be printed or saved.

Here’s an image with a guide to your pay stub.

  1. Download our TSSU Wage Tracker Here (Excel File)
  2. Follow the directions found on each excel sheet & the intro sheet.
  3. Add up all of your biweekly gross amounts in our convenient downloadable excel spreadsheet by each semester you were employed (you can switch between semesters at the bottom by clicking on the different excel ‘sheet’).

If you think that you have lost pay for any reason, please contact us.

To read more about your pay in the Collective Agreement please see p. 58 (TA); p. 63 (Sessional Instructor); p. 66 (TM); p. 112 (ELC/ITP Instructor).

Wage Problems at SFU

Recently, TSSU members noticed significant fluctuations in their biweekly salary and investigated why this was happening. In the process, they uncovered the following issues:

  • SFU had not been paying their full and proper wage for the semester according to their pay grade;
  • SFU had overpaid them and then illegally subtracted subsequent pay without negotiating a proper repayment plan;
  • SFU had not been paying them on time.

Below is a guide on how to determine if any of the above has happened to you. Depending on how many semesters you’ve taught at SFU, the wage tracker could take some time to complete. Download our TSSU Wage Tracker Here (Excel File)

TSSU has identified at least four types of illegal wage theft at SFU:

1. How to spot if SFU is under-paying

  • Underpaying: not paying the full and proper amount on your contract; being asked to work beyond the maximum hours allotted in your Time Use Guideline TUG) without receiving additional pay.
  • If your gross earnings in a semester do not equal your total contract value, you are being underpaid – this is illegal!

If you notice that you are being underpaid, contact us.

2. How to spot if SFU is withholding pay

  • Withholding pay: not being paid on time.
  • It is illegal for SFU to withhold pay because you have not signed a contract “on time”. In British Columbia, all wages earned in a pay period must be paid within eight days of the end of the pay period. If you can provide documentation that you have accepted a position or performed work before the SFU pay period end date, then you must be paid within eight days.

If SFU has withheld your pay, contact us.

3. How to spot if SFU is illegally deducting pay

  • Legal deductions include: Canadian Income Tax (CIT); Canada Pension Plan (CPP); Employment Insurance (EI); Union Dues.
  • SFU can make deductions required by law only; SFU cannot make other deductions without telling you and without your consent – this is illegal!

SFU must seek your agreement, in writing, for any other deductions. Deductions for over-payment, tuition deferment, accidental scholarship disbursement, or for any other reason are illegal without your written consent to a mutually agreeable repayment schedule.

If you have negative numbers on your pay stub and do not know why, contact us.

4. How to spot if SFU is charging you for business expenses

  • As employees, TSSU members are not required to pay for any portion of materials related to the teaching position. Materials include photocopying, textbooks, A/V costs, lab coats, safety goggles, or other required equipment/tools.
  • SFU cannot make you pay for costs related to your employment – this is illegal!

If you have paid any costs for your TSSU appointment, contact us.