University Of Manitoba Faculty Association Collective Agreement

While the deadline is still to come, the University of Manitoba and its faculty association will be given an extension of this very important task. Faculty associations at the universities of Alberta, Saskatchewan, Western Ontario and Lethbridge have all issued similar letters condemning the policy and telling the AU that members will no longer recommend that Athabasca supplement the credits when AUFA members are removed. Through the collective bargaining process, the university and UWFA have resolved governance issues and language changes, so that only compensation issues remain unresolved. The Manitoba Labour Relations Act provides for several alternative ways of resolving disputes. Conciliation is the first of these procedures and is used in situations where two parties (in this case the University and the University of Winnipeg Faculty Association) are unable to enter into a collective agreement themselves and either or both reach a point in the negotiation process where they believe that the conclusion of the negotiation process is supported by the appointment of a neutral third party. Participation in conciliation is a mandatory procedure, i.e. if one of the parties wishes to request conciliation, both parties are required to participate. The University and the University of Winnipeg Faculty Association agreed together on conciliation and wrote, as required by law, to the Minister of Labour asking her to appoint a conciliator. The ombudsman`s mission is to assist the parties in obtaining a collective agreement. As announced this weekend, the University of Winnipeg and the University of Winnipeg Faculty Association (UWFA) have reached a three-year interim collective agreement after three days of mediation.

The next step in this process is a vote on the agreement through UWFA membership; Voting will begin on Wednesday, February 12 and end on Friday, February 14. That is what we are negotiating with the university — how to deal with the fact that we have actually withheld money, which is now considered unconstitutional by the courts. The proposed three-year collective agreement, concluded on February 8 between the University of Winnipeg and the University of Winnipeg Faculty Association (UWFA), was accepted by the UWFA. The agreement, reached last weekend with the help of a provincially appointed mediator, was ratified with the strong support of faculty association members. UWFA members voted on the proposal from 12 to 14 February. After three days of mediation, the University of Winnipeg and the University of Winnipeg Faculty Association (UWFA) concluded a three-year interim collective agreement on February 8. Details of the proposed agreement will not be shared until the agreement is ratified by the UWFA. Below are the latest updates and news of collective bargaining between the University of Manitoba and the University Association of Faculties of Manitoba (UMFA). This story was updated on November 21. While the University and Faculty Association finally ratified a four-year collective agreement that did not include a pay increase in the first year, followed by 0.75 percent and one percent increase for the second and third years, both parties agreed to renegotiate the four-year salary of the contract for the fourth year.

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