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Memorial reaches tentative agreement

Late on Friday, Dec. 18, 2009, Memorial University and the Memorial University of Newfoundland Faculty Association (MUNFA) reached a tentative agreement on a new collective agreement.

The university is pleased to report that the tentative deal provides for a four year agreement and wage increases consistent with the provincial template providing an eight per cent salary adjustment effective Sept. 1, 2009, followed by four per cent increases on each Sept. 1, 2010, 2011 and 2012.

The current collective agreement expired on Aug. 31, 2009. Negotiations began in early October 2009. The university met with the MUNFA bargaining team for 11 bargaining sessions. The tentative deal is subject to the ratification of MUNFA members and the university’s Board of Regents, expected in February.

Morgan Cooper, the director of faculty relations, noted that the parties’ bargaining committees worked diligently to conclude negotiations in a timely manner.

“The tentative agreement strikes a reasonable balance between the interests of MUNFA and the university and will enhance Memorial’s ability to recruit and retain faculty members in the years ahead,” he said.

The agreement was put in place for faculty, librarians and co-operative education co-ordinators.