Since our February Bargaining Report, UTFA and the Administration have met several times, including in what are known as ‘short tables’, where a smaller group from each side meets to discuss a particular issue. We’ve had short table meetings on librarian issues and on the workload policy.
The bargaining process provides for mediation, and potentially arbitration (both involving professional and independent mediators/arbitrators) if UTFA and the Administration are not able to reach agreement on the issues being negotiated without assistance. In this round, the mediator is Mr. Kevin Burkett, a well-respected labour arbitrator and mediator with significant experience in university matters. We have mediation dates scheduled on May 5, 30, and 31.
UTFA and the University administration have reached a tentative agreement on changes to appointments policies for the teaching stream. This agreement is the latest in a series of tentatively agreed items comprising the outcomes of the Special Joint Advisory Committee process. We have compiled a question and answer guide to the important changes in the tentative agreement to assist members of the stream and interested colleagues.