A tentative agreement for contract faculty members was reached yesterday. More details and ratification procedures will be communicated to the membership in the near future.
After two days of mediation, the Algoma University Faculty Association (AUFA) and Algoma University have not been able to reach an agreement for the university’s part-time contract faculty.
This failure to reach an agreement means that mediation scheduled between the faculty association and the university on Tuesday, February 28 may be the last chance to avoid a strike.
While the faculty association acknowledges that progress was made, they are disappointed that they could not reach an agreement. They remain committed to reaching a fair deal with the university next Tuesday.
“The last thing that part-time contract faculty want to do is walk off the job,” said Deborah Woodman, spokesperson for AUFA Executive. “But the reality is that, unless the university administration is willing to address our remaining concerns, a strike is imminent.”
Part-time contract faculty at Algoma will be in a legal position to strike as of Saturday, March 4th, 2017.
Media contact: Deborah Woodman (Deborah [dot] Woodman [at] Algomau [dot] ca; 705-949-2301 ext. 4354)
Part-time and contract faculty at Algoma University are currently working hard to negotiate a fair deal with fair hiring, fair evaluation and fair pay.
The University refused to reach a deal in conciliation and we have started the countdown to possible job action in early March. But there is still time to avert a strike: you can help by sending a letter of support for contract faculty to the University President and Chair of the Board of Directors. Thanks for your support.
Today, Michele McCleave-Kennedy, the President of the Sault Ste. Marie Labour Council, paid a visit to the AUFA offices and hand delivered a letter of support for part-time faculty project management tools. It’s time for the administration to get serious about a fair deal; Sault Ste. Marie is a labour town that stands up for workers. We’re grateful for the solidarity!
Thr PT team now has 2 days set aside for conciliation talks with mgt & a provincial conciliator – Feb 7th and 28th.
PT bargaining will begin this Thursday, May 26, 2016. This first meeting with management will cover the basic bargaining rules (called protocol) and potential future meeting dates.