Dec. 8, 2016
New collective agreements for full- and part-time faculty and librarians have now been ratified by the Mount Allison Faculty Association and the Executive Committee of the University’s Board of Regents. These new agreements will be in effect until June 30, 2019.
Nov. 25, 2016
The Mount Allison Faculty Association and University bargaining teams have reached tentative agreements on new full-time and part-time collective agreements. These are now subject to formal ratification by the MAFA membership and by the University’s Board of Regents. This is expected to take place within the next few weeks.
Nov. 10, 2016
The minister of Post-Secondary Education, Training and Labour has appointed a mediation officer to assist the parties in reaching new collective agreements. The mediation officer is scheduled to meet with the parties on Nov. 16. Meetings have also been scheduled during the weeks of Nov. 21 and Nov. 28. The minister has informed both parties that he will not be appointing a conciliation board.
Oct. 18, 2016
The conciliation officer who has been working with both parties over the past few weeks has now informed both parties that he is bringing the conciliation process to an end. He will also inform the minister of Post-Secondary Education, Training and Labour in writing of his decision. Within 15 days of receiving the conciliator’s report, the minister will decide whether or not to appoint a conciliation board. The minister may also decide to appoint a mediator. While this represents a new phase of the bargaining process, it is expected that the parties will resume negotiations once the minister decides on the next steps.
Oct. 7, 2016
The bargaining teams have continued with negotiations, meeting four times since Sept. 16. The conciliator has been in regular contact with both bargaining teams during this period, participating in a number of the joint discussions and meeting with each team separately on several occasions. Another bargaining session is scheduled for next week. The University remains committed to the negotiation process and to the goal of reaching new collective agreements as soon as possible.
Sept. 16, 2016
The conciliation officer appointed by the province had an initial meeting with each party earlier this week. The parties will be meeting next week and the week following. The University remains hopeful that tentative collective agreements will be reached with the assistance of the conciliation officer.
Aug. 15, 2016
The parties met six times between Aug. 3 and Aug. 12 and a variety of topics were discussed. While progress has been made, the parties have not yet reached tentative collective agreements.
The Mount Allison Faculty Association (representing full and part-time faculty, librarians, and teachers) has advised the University that it intends to ask the minister of Post-Secondary Education, Training and Labour to appoint a conciliation officer to assist with bargaining. The University is hopeful tentative collective agreements can be reached with the conciliation officer’s assistance.
More information about the conciliation process can be found on the “About collective bargaining” page.
Aug. 8, 2016
The parties met on 14 separate occasions between June 15 and July 29. Further dates have been scheduled throughout the month of August to continue negotiations.
June 24, 2016
The Mount Allison Faculty Association (MAFA) provided formal notice to the University on May 25, 2016 that it wished to begin negotiation of new collective agreements for both the full-time and part-time bargaining units.
The members of the University’s bargaining team are:
- Hans vanderLeest (chief negotiator)
- Ron Sutherland
- Chris Milner
The members of MAFA’s bargaining team are:
- Stephen Law (chief negotiator)
- Jeff Lilburn
- Geoff Martin
- Andrew Wilson
Meetings between the parties on June 15 and June 22 resulted in the agreement of the bargaining protocol and establishment of dates for negotiations. Non-monetary and monetary proposals will be exchanged on June 27. The parties have scheduled 19 days in July and August for negotiations.