UWFA Labour Talks

Current UWinnipeg Labour Relations

UWinnipeg, Faculty Association achieve new Collective Agreement - updated February 14, 2014

The proposed three-year Collective Agreement reached between The University of Winnipeg and the University of Winnipeg Faculty Association (UWFA) on February 8 has been accepted by UWFA membership. The agreement, achieved last weekend with the assistance of a provincially-appointed mediator, has been ratified with strong support of faculty association members. UWFA membership voted on the proposal from February 12-14.

Last week’s mediated bargaining focused solely on compensation and benefits; the parties had agreed on all other terms of the contract. The new deal includes changes in governance language; enhancements to the salary scale that govern starting salaries, career progress, and maximum salaries; and general salary increases of 2.5%, 2.4%, and 2.0% plus lump sum payments. The financial terms are comparable to the most recent agreement reached at the University of Manitoba.

“This agreement is a significant achievement that will strengthen the University and its deep commitment to research, teaching, and learning activities. We congratulate both bargaining teams on finding a resolution that acknowledges and respects the needs of all parties. We hope it underscores our mutual dedication to the best interests of our students and to collectively addressing the funding shortfalls that constrict our institution,” said Dr. Lloyd Axworthy, President and Vice-Chancellor, UWinnipeg.”

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Latest on UWFA Collective Agreement Bargaining – updated February 11, 2014

As announced on the weekend, following three days of mediation, The University of Winnipeg and the University of Winnipeg Faculty Association (UWFA) reached a tentative three-year collective agreement. The next step in the process is a vote on the agreement by UWFA membership; the vote will commence on Wednesday, February 12 and will conclude on Friday, February 14.

The University will provide a further update once the Faculty Association advises of the vote results. The University and UWFA have agreed not to release terms of this agreement before it has been voted on by the faculty association membership.

For the latest information and updates on the current negotiations, please check this website, UWinnipeg’s Twitter and Facebook pages.

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Current UWinnipeg Labour Relations – updated February 9, 2014

After three days of mediation, on February 8th The University of Winnipeg and the University of Winnipeg Faculty Association (UWFA) reached a tentative three year collective agreement. No details of the proposed agreement will be shared until the agreement has been ratified by UWFA membership.

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Current UWinnipeg Labour Relations – updated February 5, 2014

Yesterday, the University of Winnipeg Faculty Association (UWFA) voted in favour of a strike mandate, and today set a strike deadline of Monday February 24, 2014, at 12:01 a.m. The University of Winnipeg and UWFA are scheduled to begin mediation tomorrow (Thursday, February 6) and continue on February 7 and 8 as needed.

The University remains committed to the mediation process and to reaching a new Collective Agreement within our financial means.

Until further notice, classes and campus activities are continuing as usual.  

Information will continue to be shared with the UWinnipeg community as the situation progresses. Our online Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) document addresses a number of anticipated concerns — such as course availability and campus operations — and will be updated regularly in the coming days.

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Current UWinnipeg Labour Relations – updated February 3, 2014

As per last week’s joint request by The University of Winnipeg and The University of Winnipeg Faculty Association (UWFA), a mediator has been appointed by the Minister of Labour to assist the parties in reaching a new Collective Agreement. Experienced mediator Arne Peltz will lead the mediation process, which is scheduled to begin on Thursday, February 6 and continue on February 7 and 8th as needed.  

As stated in our earlier communications, the only outstanding issue left in collective bargaining is compensation and benefits. The University of Winnipeg remains committed to reaching a Collective Agreement within our financial means.

UWFA has advised the University that they are in the process of taking a strike vote of their membership. The strike vote will continue until Tuesday, February 4. Once the vote results are known, the University will provide an update to ensure the campus community remains informed about the negotiation process . The University is currently developing a Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) document that will start to address the preliminary issues that will concern our students, staff, and other members of the UWinnipeg community. The FAQ, devoted communication channels, and other information will be shared as the situation progresses.

For the latest information and updates on the current labour situation, please check this website, UWinnipeg’s Twitter and Facebook pages. Student email accounts will also be utilized for information sharing.

Until further notice, classes and campus activities are continuing as usual.  

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Current UWinnipeg Labour Relations – updated January 28, 2014

Following two days of conciliation, The University of Winnipeg and The University of Winnipeg Faculty Association (UWFA) today jointly requested that the Minister of Labour appoint a mediator to assist in reaching a new Collective Agreement.  

The mediation process will begin as soon as the Province appoints a mediator. The University of Winnipeg remains committed to reaching a Collective Agreement.

Classes and campus activities are continuing as usual.  

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Current UWinnipeg Labour Relations – updated January 22, 2014

As per last week’s joint request by The University of Winnipeg and The University of Winnipeg Faculty Association (UWFA), a conciliation officer has been appointed by the Minister of Labour to assist the parties in reaching a new Collective Agreement. The conciliation process will begin early next week.

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Current UWinnipeg Labour Relations – updated January 16, 2014

The University of Winnipeg and The University of Winnipeg Faculty Association (UWFA) have been in collective bargaining and meeting regularly since October of 2013 to negotiate a new Collective Agreement.  The UWFA Collective Agreement expired at the end of March of 2013, however, it remains in effect until a new Collective Agreement is reached.

Through the collective bargaining process, the University and UWFA have resolved governance issues and language changes, leaving only compensation-related issues outstanding.

On Friday, January 10, 2014 the parties exchanged and discussed their compensation proposals, and after further discussions on January 15, have agreed to seek external assistance to reach agreement on this final aspect of bargaining. 

The University and UWFA are jointly requesting that the Minister of Labour appoint a conciliator to support the parties in concluding bargaining and that request will go forward on Thursday, January 16. We anticipate that the Minister will appoint a conciliator shortly after receiving our request.

The University of Winnipeg remains committed to achieving a new Collective Agreement, including reasonable increases to salary and benefits with our faculty members, within our financial means. As we have communicated on numerous occasions, UWinnipeg receives a proportionally smaller annual operating grant per student from the province than other Manitoba universities.

We want to assure students, staff, and faculty that we will make every effort to keep the campus community informed.

Please check here for updates and follow us on Twitter and Facebook

Bill Balan, Vice-President Finance and Administration
The University of Winnipeg

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What is conciliation?

The Manitoba Labour Relations Act provides for a number of alternative dispute resolution processes.  Conciliation is the first of those processes, and is used in situations where two parties (in this case the University and the University of Winnipeg Faculty Association) are unable to finalize a collective agreement on their own, and one or the other or both reach a point in the negotiations process where they believe concluding the bargaining process will be assisted by the appointment of a neutral third party. Participating in conciliation is a mandatory process, which means if either party wishes to file for conciliation, both parties are required to participate.  The University and The University of Winnipeg Faculty Association have jointly agreed to proceed to conciliation, and as required under the legislation, have written to the Minister of Labour to request that she appoint a conciliator.  The role of the conciliator is to assist the parties in reaching a collective agreement. 

What is mediation?

 The Manitoba Labour Relations Act provides for a number of alternative dispute resolution processes.  Mediation is another of those processes, and is used in situations where two parties (in this case the University and the University of Winnipeg Faculty Association) have been unable to finalize a collective agreement through normal collective bargaining or through conciliation. Mediation is not a mandatory step for parties to a collective agreement, but in this case both the University and the UWFA have agreed to request the Minister of Labour appoint a mediator to continue to assist them in reaching a collective agreement. A mediator is an independent third party working in private practice. The role of the mediator is similar to the role of the conciliator except that he/she will take a more active role in assisting the parties in finalizing a collective agreement. 





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