The Contract Instructor (CI) bargaining team met with the employer on January 10 and January 16. It was great to be joined by observers on both dates. We appreciate their support and perspective!
We have had no response on monetary proposals, including Salary, tabled December 6, 2022.
The team once again said “no” to the University on
We tabled new language for an article on accommodations and a corresponding letter of understanding (LOU) on developing a centralized accommodations process. We feel that progress is being made here.
We signed off on (“pinked”) three articles, noteworthy of which is Article 23 - Strikes, Lockouts, & Picket Lines, where we won anti-scab language.
We received nine counter proposals from the employer, and we pinked five. These were not new counters. We have yet to receive responses on six articles tabled November 18, 2022.
We provided the employer with our health benefits plan audit and a strong memo from the auditor recommending increased funding to assist the employer in their decision making about Article 29 Benefits. Health benefits funding needs to grow so that there is a two-year surplus in case of emergencies. Funding also needs to grow to reduce employee contributions from the current 49.7% back to the 35% outlined in the collective agreement.
We saw some promising movement in the employer’s counter Letter of Understanding (LOU) on Multi-term Agreements (MTAs) with its increase in the number of MTAs offered.
We were, however, disappointed when the employer balked at signing off on the LOU on Centralized Job Posting System when we agreed to their updated language because we would not agree to signing off on Article 15 Postings and Applications where the employer had shortened the job posting period from the current 21 days to 14 days.
We do not bargain concessions. (If that were in Latin, it would be our motto – Non pacisci concessiones.)
Should you be interested in observing bargaining, please fill out this form and we’ll be in touch with dates and times of future bargaining meetings. Sign-up and sit-in (virtually) to observe negotiations! Help fact-check the employer and show that there is an active and engaged rank-and-file presence at the negotiations table. No one knows your working conditions better than you do. You can support your negotiations team and fight for a fair collective agreement.
We hope to meet you at a meeting!
The Bargaining Team
Noreen Cauley-Le Fevre, President
Sarah Fiander, VP Internal
Cheryl Cundell, co-VP Unit 2 and Chief Negotiator
Ryan Conard, Recording Secretary
Patti Kmiec, Mobilization Committee Chair
Codie Fortin Lalonde, Acting Business Agent and Organizer