Collective Bargaining Update - Sept. 24, 2018

The university bargaining committee provides the following update on our most recent collective bargaining session, which occurred on September 20-21 with the assistance of a conciliation officer.

During the session, we were able to reach agreement on two additional articles, namely:

  • 17 – Tenure-Track Appointment and Tenure for Librarians
  • 18 – Procedures and Criteria for Promotion of Librarians

MUNFA confirmed that our latest proposal on Articles 12 – Procedures and Criteria for Promotion of Faculty Members resolved this article as well.

While Article 3 – Duties and Responsibilities of Faculty Members has not been concluded, the parties have agreed to a process to consider course equivalences on a university-wide basis. Discussions continued toward resolving Article 19 – Disciplinary Measures and Non-disciplinary Relief from Duties with language agreed upon which more closely aligns the collective agreement with Tri-Council requirements with respect to gross misconduct in academic research.

At this point the following Articles remain unresolved:

  • 1 – Framework and Implementation
  • 3 – Duties and Responsibilities of Faculty Members
  • 5 – Reduction in Duties and Responsibilities
  • 19 – Disciplinary Measures and Non-disciplinary Relief from Duties
  • 22 – Leaves
  • 23 – Term, Subsidized, Adjunct, Joint and Cross, Special Visiting and Spousal Appointments
  • 26 – Miscellaneous Working Conditions
  • 27 – Patents and Copyrights
  • 30 – Cooperative and Field Education
  • 31 – Salaries and Benefits
  • 32 – Distance Education

MUNFA approached the university to commence discussions about a strike protocol. We have responded that while we are agreeable to having such discussions, we are concerned that such discussions would be distracting amidst conciliation and might possibly be misinterpreted by our faculty. We prefer to focus our efforts on successfully negotiating a renewed collective agreement. The university is prepared to discuss strike protocol issues; however, the more appropriate timing is later in the process if we find ourselves in the position where job action appears to be imminent. For now, we remain optimistic that we may come to agreement.

Conciliation has been scheduled for October 1-3 and we will provide another update after that session.

On behalf of the University Negotiation Committee

Geoff Williams, Co-Chief Negotiator

Ian McKinnon, Co- Chief Negotiator


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