Human Resources

The parties met briefly on May 23 in the presence of the conciliator appointed by the Department of Labour. The meeting served to assess whether an agreement could possibly be reached at this time.

Since it was not possible to reach an agreement, the parties decided to pause for the summer. The pending items are: discrimination and harassment clause, protection of teaching assistants’ hours, wage increases and duration of the agreement. The parties will reconvene in conciliation on September 1st.

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Published on: 26 May 2015

The university met with AMUSE/PSAC non-academic casuals on May 19 where the parties presented their respective set of proposals. Both sides’ bargaining committees were present for the start of negotiations. The parties also discussed how the bargaining process should unfold and agreed on a shared communications approach following each bargaining session. The parties later agreed on four dates for bargaining sessions leading up to mid-July.

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Published on: 26 May 2015

Your 2015 benefits statement is now available on MINERVA.  To access your benefits statement, log in to MINERVA, go to the Employee menu, select Benefits menu, then select Your Benefits statement. This statement includes information about your personal benefits coverage paid by you and the university in 2014. It also describes the various benefit plans and programs available to plan members.

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Published on: 22 May 2015

The parties met for a day and a half day on May 12 and 13. They continued to discuss and review texts concerning some pending non-monetary items. 

The parties also discussed in great detail the reasoning behind their demands and the employer’s offers relative to monetary parameters.  Further discussion will be required before an agreement can be contemplated and the parties have agreed to meet next week. The parties will continue to negotiate in the presence of the government appointed conciliator.

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Published on: 21 May 2015

The Labour Relations team is getting ready to start negotiations with PSAC/MUNACA for the renewal of their collective agreement which expires on November 30, 2015.

A letter was sent to MUNACA/PSAC last week inviting them to start negotiations as soon as June 16.  The university has offered to engage in intensive negotiations during the summer in order to reach an agreement before the current contract expires in November.

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Published on: 20 May 2015

The parties met for a half-day on May 4 with the conciliator appointed by the Ministry of Labour.  This was their first meeting following the one-day strike held on April 16. The conciliator helped the parties clarify the points which still need to be discussed.

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Published on: 8 May 2015

At the April 23 session, the parties discussed the mechanisms of attributing drivers’ rates during the winter season as more drivers are required for snow removal. The parties discussed the feasibility of having a uniform practice and the same language in the collective agreements of both campuses’ trades groups. This led to an exchange of proposals from each party but no agreement was reached at this time. Since no other negotiation dates are set, the parties are trying to fit extra negotiation days into the calendar before the end of June. 

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Published on: 30 Apr 2015

If you know of colleagues or teams who did outstanding work this past year, the Principal’s award for administrative and support staff is a great way to recognize their effort. This year, the call for nominations is being launched in April. The deadline to submit entries is Monday, June 15, at 5:00 PM. 

Launching the program earlier eases the process of completing the nomination forms before the summer months, when it becomes more difficult to complete entries with all the required endorsement criteria.

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Published on: 17 Apr 2015

The parties met for a full day on April 10 and reviewed several articles and letters of agreement pertaining to non-monetary and monetary items which will eventually be integrated in a global settlement.  Items such as work uniforms, shift and other premiums as well as vacation scheduling were reviewed, finalized and ratified by the parties.  Since other non-monetary and monetary elements are still being discussed, the parties agreed to meet on June 15 and 17. 

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Published on: 16 Apr 2015

The parties met for a half day on March 25. The university presented the text of a letter of agreement concerning work-life balance. The union reviewed the proposed text and suggested some improvements which were included in the final version, signed by the parties on that day. The next meeting will take place on April 22. 

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Published on: 13 Apr 2015

The parties met for a full day on March 23 and discussed at length several non-monetary and monetary elements that had been broached in previous meetings. This led to a proposal and a counter proposal from the parties, leading to significant progress. Since many topics were initiated, the university agreed to put in writing all agreements being contemplated for the parties to review at the next meeting, which will take place on April 10.

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Published on: 8 Apr 2015

The parties met for two half days in presence of the conciliator recently appointed by the Ministry of Labour.  During the first meeting, the parties detailed the progress made during the eleven days of negotiation since August 2014.

Although most of the elements brought forward by the parties at the beginning of negotiations are now resolved and ratified, some unresolved non-monetary items along with all monetary elements were flagged as requiring further discussion. 

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Published on: 7 Apr 2015

Following the March 13meeting, at which time the university presented three key documents – code of conduct (values), roles and responsibilities, article on training and development – during the March 20 meeting, the union indicated its position on these documents.

The union expressed its overall satisfaction with the code of conduct (values) and the roles and responsibilities documents.  With minor adjustments, the parties were able to reach a consensus on these two documents.

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Published on: 25 Mar 2015

At the March 11 meeting with SEU trades, as agreed, the union presented a proposal concerning ways to facilitate a work-life balance approach at work. This proposal led to several exchanges after which the parties finally reached an agreement. A written proposal will be submitted to the union at the next meeting, set for March 25.

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Published on: 20 Mar 2015

Following the union’s presentation of its monetary demands on March 9, the university presented its monetary proposals and explained the rationale motivating its offers. The university also explained what comparators were used to benchmark its competitive situation. The parties reviewed in detail the university’s offers. The union’s bargaining committee members received responses to several questions asked about the university’s proposals.  Discussions on both parties’ monetary proposals will take place at the next meeting, scheduled for March 30.

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Published on: 19 Mar 2015

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