Collective Bargaining Update - Dec. 20, 2018
The university approached the conciliation officer on Dec. 4 to schedule further negotiations prior to the Christmas break. We met with MUNFA on Tuesday, Dec. 18, in an attempt to conclude a tentative agreement. The university negotiating committee submitted a proposal to address the issue of right of first refusal for term appointments and MUNFA provided a counter proposal for our consideration, in addition to proposals requesting additional office space and language permitting ASM CFEs to bump outside their academic unit. The parties had a constructive dialogue during the afternoon to fully explore the various issues associated with right of first refusal.
After that discussion, MUNFA requested we adjourn for the day as they wanted an opportunity to revisit the issues and develop further language to present in January. The parties have confirmed Jan. 10-11 as dates to continue negotiations.
Since our last update, LUMUN has communicated that it concluded a strike vote with an overwhelming strike mandate from its members. Details on the number of people casting ballots and the percentage of those voting in favour of strike action was not provided. The university offered dates to continue negotiations prior to the Christmas break; however, LUMUN was unavailable. We are seeking dates for early January to continue negotiations.
In its most recent communications, LUMUN indicated that its members teach 40 per cent of all students at the university. Our figures indicate LUMUN instructors teach approximately 26 per cent of students in an academic year.
On behalf of the University Negotiation Committee
Geoff Williams, Co-Chief Negotiator
Ian McKinnon, Co- Chief Negotiator