Bargaining Update

By Michael Conlon

The current collective agreement between AAPS and the University expires on June 30, 2012. Negotiations for a new agreement started June 13 and will continue through July.

While we hope to strike a deal with the University in a timely fashion, these are likely to be more complex negotiations than the last round.  Unlike the last round of negotiations, the University will be in a position to fund wage increases internally as a result of the 2012 Cooperative Gains Mandate from the Public Sector Employers’ Council (PSEC).  After a two year agreement at “net zero”, compensation will be a key element of bargaining in this round. In addition to issues of salary/compensation, we have also prepared proposals on Professional Development, Sick Leave and Article 9. The latter is in response to the alarming increase in terminations over the past several years. We will be focusing on the very low rehire rate of employees terminated without cause as well as tying the right to terminate for fit/suitability to a transparent process of performance management.

The University’s bargaining team for this round is as follows:

  • George Athans
  • Alex Bayne
  • Kristin Cacchioni
  • Lindi Frost (Chief Negotiator)
  • Susanne Schmiesing
  • Dennis Silva

The AAPS Bargaining Team for this round is as follows:

  • Michael Conlon (Chief Negotiator)
  • Isabella Losinger
  • Adam McCluskey
  • Jacqueline Smit
  • Robert Tudhope

All provisions of the current agreement will remain in place until a new deal is struck. Any provisions negotiated in this deal would be retroactive to July 1, 2012. Once a deal is struck, we will communicate the highlights of the deal and there will be a ratification vote open to all members.