As you know, UTFA’s last settlement with the University administration expired on June 30, 2014. Your negotiating team has been engaged in bilateral negotiations with the Administration over the past twelve months in an attempt to reach a fair and reasonable agreement on monetary and non-monetary issues covered under Article 6 of the Memorandum of Agreement.
The two parties met with the mediator, Mr. Kevin Burkett, on May 5th, exchanged mediation briefs on May 22nd and participated in two full days of mediation on the weekend of May 30th and 31st. The UTFA team felt that some progress was made, and we agreed to Mr. Burkett’s suggestion that the two sides meet again at the end of June. In the meantime, we plan to continue refining our positions and formulating a considered response to the Administration’s proposals in a sincere effort to reach a mediated settlement, while at the same time scheduling arbitration dates should mediation be unsuccessful.
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.