07/19/2017 | News release | Archived content
The University of Manitoba and the University of Manitoba Faculty Association (UMFA) will officially commence bargaining on Friday, July 21.
The two parties will begin working together to reach a new collective agreement.
In January, U of M had proposed to begin bargaining in an expedited process in order to reach an agreement well before the commencement of the new academic term. However, at the time, UMFA requested more time in order to consult with its members. U of M's proposal for an expedited process was repeated again in April, May and June.
UMFA's collective agreement expired on March 31, 2017. The union represents 1,193 professors, lecturers, instructors and academic librarians.
Gregory Juliano, associate vice-president (human resources) and chief negotiator for the university's bargaining team, is pleased UMFA is ready to start negotiations.
'We look forward to a productive bargaining process that will lead to a timely and successful resolution,' says Juliano. 'Our ultimate goal is to achieve a multi-year agreement, providing stability for our students, faculty and staff.'
The University of Manitoba has established bargaining principles, which seek a bargaining process and successful outcome that:
At this initial meeting, the two parties will discuss a number of matters, including the scheduling of future bargaining team meetings.
The University of Manitoba bargaining team consists of:
UMFA's bargaining team consists of:
All bargaining updates will be published on UM Today, Wednesday's Week-at-a-Glance email to all faculty and staff and human resources website.