August Bargaining Update

The current collective agreement with the University expired on June 30. Bargaining for a new agreement began in June with both parties exchanging proposals. As outlined in a prior bargaining update our non-monetary proposals focused on professional development, assistance for terminated employees, and ensuring a transparent, accountable system of performance management prior to termination. While there are areas of disagreement, the dialogue thus far in bargaining has been productive and collegial. We have made progress in a number of substantive areas but much work remains to be done.

After a series of bargaining sessions in June and July there will be a hiatus in August and the parties will resume bargaining in September. Once all of the non-monetary proposals are addressed each side will table and discuss monetary proposals in regard to compensation. Please note that the terms and conditions of the agreement remain in force until a new deal is struck. Any monetary increases would be retroactive to July 1, 2012. When we have reached an agreement we will be holding a series of information sessions to provide details on the deal and answer any questions you have about the process. Once the information sessions have been held there will be a vote on ratification open to all members.