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Collective Bargaining Updates

September 20, 2017: Board of Governors ratifies four-year collective agreement with Windsor University Faculty Association

September 20, 2017 - The University of Windsor’s Board of Governors ratified a four year collective agreement with the Windsor University Faculty Association (WUFA) who represent 850 academic staff including faculty, librarians, ancillary academic staff, sessional lecturers and sessional instructor.  The four year deal expires June 30, 2021, and provides for scale increases totaling 7.1% over the four year period consisting of 1.6% in 2017, 1.6% in 2018, 1.75% in 2019 and 2% in 2020, along with a Windsor Salary Standard distribution in the last three years of the agreement, ensuring that WUFA members are fairly and competitively compensated within the province.  The deal also includes some benefit and language improvements.  The parties started negotiations in late May and bargained throughout the summer, reaching a tentative agreement on September 1. 
 
University of Windsor President and Vice-Chancellor, Dr. Alan Wildeman, expressed appreciation to both bargaining teams.  “Members of the Windsor University Faculty Association and University of Windsor administration bargaining teams are to be commended for their hard work over the summer, and their commitment to getting a good agreement completed before the beginning of the new academic year.  I know I speak on behalf of the campus community in thanking them."  WUFA members ratified the agreement on September 19, voting 93% in favour of the agreement.

 

September 8, 2017: University reaches a Tentative Agreement with the Windsor University Faculty Association

The University of Windsor reached a tentative four (4) year collective agreement with the Windsor University Faculty Association on Friday, September 1, 2017.  Details will be made available following ratification by the parties.

August 1, 2017: University of Windsor President and Vice-Chancellor, Dr. Alan Wildeman, Responds to WUFA Letter Regarding Collective Bargaining, July 20, 2017

July 20, 2017

 

Jeff Noonan 
President, WUFA 
 
Dear Jeff, 
 
On July 19th you and Stephen Pender, accompanied by a WUFA staff person, delivered 236 letters signed by WUFA members to the reception desk at Assumption Hall.  I understand that you used this as a ceremonial photo-op.  Had I been there, I would have gladly let you photograph me, alongside you and Stephen, and would have sportingly worn the WUFA T-shirt you gave me.  It would have been a picture to keep, but in truth I am not sure how the photo-op advances the desire of the parties to get a collective agreement. 
 
On the matter of your letter to me that accompanied the petitions, let me say in no uncertain terms that I, along with all members of the administration’s bargaining team, share this urgency.  It has always been our goal to get a deal done in a timely manner.  Let me make several points in response to your letter and the petition. 
 
First, the petition describes a fair agreement as one that “respects, supports, and compensates our members”.  I have always said that we want collective agreements that are fair to members, but I have always added that these agreements must also be responsible. 
 
Second, more progress has been made than your communications to your members suggest.  There are a number of points on which the bargaining teams have worked well together, and reached agreement and signed off. 
 
Third, WUFA’s negotiating team has nevertheless not exhibited the urgency that you profess.  The administration’s bargaining team suggested that the parties jointly request that a conciliator be brought in to help move the process along.  WUFA declined to make the request with us, feeling it was premature to get help (a feeling the administration’s bargaining team did not share) and so the administration informed your bargaining team that it would make the request unilaterally.  This request for conciliation was made after twelve days of bargaining, which normally should have been more than enough to move things further along than they were.  Your bargaining team then promptly cancelled five days of negotiations that had been scheduled in July. 
These were five days in July that could have been put to good use, perhaps concluding an agreement. 
 
Fourth, it is inexplicable why the prospect of a conciliator would have been so unsettling to your bargaining team, given that conciliation is a normal responsible part of bargaining. 
 
Fifth, in your letter you suggest that WUFA’s proposals do not include radical departures.  This is not correct.  
As case in point, WUFA has proposed changes to Article 3, an Article that states that members of the Board of Governors are excluded from the bargaining unit, and changes to Article 50, such that Senate would in future be bound to exercise its authorities in a manner consistent with the collective agreement.  You make the comment in your letter to me suggesting that your proposals are not “radical departures”.  WUFA’s proposals on governance-related changes are in fact a radical departure from what is normative in university bargaining across the country. For a number of reasons too complex to go into in this letter, these changes are legally inconsistent with bicameral governance and the Labour Relations Act.  Our bargaining team cannot negotiate changes to the collective agreement that will see the agreement now have the power to sway or alter the authorities of the governing bodies as established under the University of Windsor Act. 
 
Sixth, the administration’s team looks forward to discussing the money and other non-monetary issues, and seeking the common ground and compromises that will result in a collective agreement that is respectful, supportive, fair in its compensation, and responsible. There are two days of bargaining scheduled next week with the conciliator, on July 25th and 26th.  If those are not sufficient to finalize a collective agreement, I trust that your bargaining team will do all it can to make itself available immediately after July 26th so that we can get this deal done.  If it appears that conciliation will be unsuccessful, I would like to make a proposal that the parties try an additional method to get a deal.  The administration is willing to have the two parties utilize the services of a neutral and experienced mediator, Bill Kaplan, to sit with our bargaining teams and ensure we get a timely deal. 
 
I look forward to your response to this proposal by early next week.  There is no reason that with conciliation, and the option of mediation, we cannot successfully conclude bargaining in a timely manner.  I assure you that the administration’s team will be as flexible as it can be within the parameters of being fair and being responsible.  I do want you and your members to be assured that I have taken the petition seriously.  I know that people want to come back to campus in September without tension and apprehension.   
 
Sincerely, 
 
 
Alan Wildeman 
President and Vice-Chancellor 
 
c. Rita LaCivita, VP Human Resources

July 24, 2017: Province Appoints Conciliation Officer

The Ministry of Labour has appointed a Conciliation Officer to assist the parties in collective bargaining.

Conciliation meetings have been scheduled for the following dates:

  • Tuesday, July 25
  •  Wednesday, July 26
  • Monday, July 31
  • Thursday, August 10
  • Monday, August 14
  • Thursday, August 24
  • Tuesday, August 29
  • Wednesday, August 30
  • Thursday, August 31

June 30, 2017: University Files for Conciliation

As the University of Windsor and the Windsor University Faculty Association continue to work towards reaching a new collective agreement, the University administration, after its twelfth day of bargaining, has invited the Faculty Association to jointly file for conciliation in an effort to have available a conciliation officer appointed by the Ministry of Labour to assist the parties.  The Faculty Association has declined the University administration’s offer indicating that they are of the view that such an application would be premature.   

The University in its commitment to doing all it can to reach an agreement that is fair and responsible for everyone within a timeframe that eases apprehensions, has proceeded with filing for conciliation and continues to remain confident that an agreement can be reached.

May 19, 2017: Collective Bargaining dates set with the Windsor University Faculty Association (WUFA)

The University of Windsor commenced bargaining discussions on Friday, May 12 and will continue collective bargaining discussions with the Windsor University Faculty Association (WUFA) on:

  • Tuesday, May 23
  • Thursday, May 25
  • Friday, May 26
  • Tuesday, May 30
  • Wednesday, May 31
  • Tuesday, June 6
  • Thursday, June 8
  • Monday, June 12
  • Wednesday, June 14
  • Monday, June 19
  • Wednesday, June 28
  • Thursday, June 29
  • Tuesday, July 4
  • Thursday, July 6
  • Monday, July 10
  • Wednesday, July 12
  • Tuesday, July 18
  • Wednesday, July 19
  • Tuesday, July 25
  • Wednesday, July 26

WUFA represents more than 850 academic staff including faculty, librarians and sessional instructors. The current contract expires on June 30, 2017.

Members of the University’s bargaining team are:

  • Rita LaCivita, Vice-President, Human Resources
  • Daniella Beaulieu, Director, Academic Labour Relations
  • Jeff Berryman, Associate Vice-President, Academic
  • Christopher Busch, Acting Executive Director, Co-op, Career and Employment Services
  • Pascal Calarco, University Librarian
  • Janee Stallard, Assistant to the Dean, Faculty of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences

Please check this website periodically for updates.

February 8, 2017: Board of Governors and CUPE 4580 ratifies a three year collective agreement expiring August 31, 2019.

The University of Windsor Board of Governors and CUPE 4580, Graduate Assistants and Teaching Assistants have ratified a three year collective agreement which will expire on August 31, 2019.

October 19, 2016: Board of Governors ratifies three year collective agreements with each of the following employee groups: Unifor Locals 2458 FT/PT; 195; and Operating Engineers on October 18, 2016

The University of Windsor Board of Governors has ratified three year collective agreements with each of the following employee groups: Unifor Locals 2458 Full-time; Part-time; Operating Engineers; and Local 195 Campus Community Police and Parking Services on Tuesday, October 18, 2016.

 

September 16, 2016: Tentative agreements reached with Unifor on Friday, September 16, 2016

The University of Windsor and Unifor are pleased to announce that tentative agreements have been reached with Unifor Locals: 2458 Full-time; Part-time; Operating Engineers; and Local 195 Campus Community Police and Parking Services on Friday, Sept. 16.  Details of the agreements will be released following ratification by the Unifor locals and the University.

 

September 12, 2016: UWindsor continues bargaining with Unifor Locals

UWindsor continues bargaining with Unifor Locals: 2458 Full-time; Part-time; Operating Engineers; and Local 195 Campus Community Police and Parking Services on Monday, September 12, and Tuesday, September 13.  Mediation is scheduled on Wednesday, September 14, and Thursday, September 15, where a provincially appointed mediator will attend to assist the parties in coming to an agreement prior to the Strike/Lockout deadline of 12:01 a.m. Friday, September 16, 2016.
 
Updates will be provided on this website during the course of the week.

August 22, 2016: Board of Governors ratifies a 6 year collective agreement with CUPE 1001 on August 22, 2016

The University of Windsor Board of Governors has ratified a six (6) year collective agreement with Local 1001 of the Canadian Union of Public Employees on August 22, 2016.

July 29, 2016: Bargaining process with CUPE 4580 Graduate Assistants/Teaching Assistants to begin Friday, July 29, 2016

UWindsor to begin collective bargaining process with CUPE 4580 Graduate Assistants/Teaching Assistants on Friday, July 29, 2016.

-- Published July 29, 2016

July 25, 2016: Board of Governors ratifies a 3 year collective agreement with CUPE 1393 on June 28th, 2016

The University of Windsor Board of Governors have ratified a three year collective agreement with Local 1393 of the Canadian Union of Public Employees on June 28th, 2016.

 

Published:  July 25th, 2016

July 22, 2016: University reaches tentative agreement with CUPE Local 1001 on July 21, 2016

The University of Windsor has reached a tentative collective agreement with Local 1001 of the Canadian Union of Public Employees which represents about 250 food services, custodial, grounds and maintenance employees.

The unit’s contract expires July 31, 2016. The six-year agreement was reached late Thursday, July 21, 2016. Details of the agreement will be released following ratification by Local 1001 and the University.

-- Published July 22,  2016

June 18, 2016: University reaches tentative agreement with CUPE Local 1393 on June 17, 2016

The University of Windsor has reached a tentative collective agreement with Local 1393 of the Canadian Union of Public Employees, which represents approximately 263 technical, trades and professional staff.
The unit’s contract had expired March 31. The deal was reached in the early morning hours of June 17 with the help of a provincially-appointed mediator. The terms of the tentative agreement are confidential, pending ratification.

June 2, 2016: UWindsor to begin collective bargaining process with Unifor 2458 Engineers on Wednesday, July 13, 2016

UWindsor to begin collective bargaining process with Unifor 2458 Engineers on Wednesday, July 13, Thursday, July 14, Friday, July 15, and Monday, July 18, 2016.

-- Published June 2,  2016

June 2, 2016: UWindsor to begin collective bargaining process with Unifor 195 Campus Community Police and Parking Unit on Thursday, July 7, 2016

UWindsor to begin collective bargaining process with Unifor 195 Campus Community Police and Parking Unit on Thursday, July 7, Friday, July 8, Tuesday, July 12, and Tuesday, July 19, 2016.

-- Published June 2,  2016

June 2, 2016: UWindsor to begin collective bargaining process with Unifor 2458 Full-Time Office and Clerical Unit on Monday, June 20, 2016

UWindsor to begin collective bargaining process with Unifor 2458 Full-Time Office and Clerical Unit on Monday, June 20, Tuesday, June 21, and Thursday, June 30, 2016.

-- Published June 2,  2016

June 2, 2016: UWindsor to begin collective bargaining process with Unifor 2458 Part-Time Office and Clerical Unit on Monday, June 6, 2016

UWindsor to begin collective bargaining process with Unifor 2458 Part-Time Office and Clerical Unit on Monday, June 6, Monday, June 27, and Tuesday, June 28, 2016.

-- Published June 2,  2016

June 1, 2016: UWindsor scheduled to continue bargaining with Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE) Local 1393 on Friday, June 3, 2016

Bargaining is scheduled to continue with CUPE 1393 on Friday, June 3 and Tuesday, June 7. 

 

-- Published June 1,  2016

May 31, 2016: UWindsor scheduled for conciliation with Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE) Local 1393 on Wednesday June 8, 2016

Conciliation is set for Wednesday, June 8,  Wednesday, June 15, and Thursday, June 16, where a Provincially appointed Conciliation Officer is scheduled to be in attendance.

-- Published June 1, 2016

May 18, 2016: UWindsor to begin collective bargaining process with CUPE 1393 on May 18, 2016

Rita LaCivita, Vice-President, Human Resources;

Nancy Kuntz, Employee Relations Manager;

Christopher Busch, Director, Centre for Executive and Professional Education;

James Coates, Employee Relations Associate;

Susan Holiga, Assistant Director, IT Services;

Susan L. Mark, Executive Director, Facility Services;

David Smith, Senior Budget Analyst;

Rosemary Zanutto, Executive Director, Institutional Analysis.

The University will continue to provide updates on its bargaining website at: www.uwindsor.ca/bargaining