Collective Bargaining Update - March 8, 2018

This is the first update on the progress of collective bargaining with MUNFA, which we hope will give you a sense of progress to date. The parties first met to exchange proposals on December 12, 2017. At that meeting, the university tabled a relatively complete set of non-monetary proposals and we were quite surprised that MUNFA tabled only a partial set of proposals on five articles. This was outlined by MUNFA to be a strategic decision of wanting the university to concentrate on and respond to these issues prior to MUNFA tabling the balance of its non-monetary proposals.

MUNFA proposed changes to:

  • Article 11: Tenure-Track Appointment and Tenure for Faculty Members;
  • Article 12: Procedures and Criteria for Promotion of Faculty Members;
  • Article 23: Term, Subsidized, Adjunct, Joint and Cross, Special, Visiting and Spousal Appointments;
  • Article 24: Counselling Faculty Members; and
  • Article 27: Patents and Copyrights.

The University Negotiating Committee hoped to proceed with meaningful discussions at the next scheduled meetings on February 12-13, 2018. The committee wrote MUNFA twice in January requesting that it present the balance of its non-monetary proposals so that we might engage in meaningful dialogue at the February meetings. Unfortunately, MUNFA was not agreeable to this request. We advised MUNFA that we required the balance of its non-monetary proposals in order to understand any linkages and impacts among the terms of the collective agreement in order to be in a position to respond to its proposals during our February meetings.

When we met on February 12 MUNFA presented proposals on nine articles, with proposals on the remaining non-monetary proposals related to a further eight articles forthcoming on February 13, only after an additional request for the full set of proposals from the university negotiating committee. It is unfortunate that we encountered such delays in receiving MUNFA’s full package of non-monetary proposals in January as requested in order to make the most of the time set aside in February. As it was, the university was able to provide a response to six MUNFA proposals when we met again on March 5-6. We look forward to being able to commence more effective negotiations and will provide a further update after the next round of meetings are done. As you can appreciate, there are details which must remain inside the bargaining process, but we will share what information we can as soon as we are able.

On behalf of the University Negotiation Committee
Geoff Williams, Co-Chief Negotiator
Ian McKinnon, Co- Chief Negotiator

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