Electronic Voting on 2018-2020 Academic Staff Collective Agreement Open to June 18th

Electronic Voting on the 2018-2020 Academic Staff Collective Agreement is open until June 18th

An electronic ballot has been sent to all active ULFA Member Uleth email accounts.


You can read more about the details of the proposed agreement here. A marked up draft showing the proposed changes is available here. An unofficial HTML version of the final version of the proposed agreement is available here.

Collective Agreement Town Halls and Ratification Meeting

A special meeting, required by our bylaws in order to put ratification of the proposed collective agreement to a vote, will be held on June 11 at 1pm in PE250 (Calgary members can join via video conference from room S6025 on the Calgary Campus; Members who are unable to join in person or on the Calgary campus should contact Aaron Chubb (aaron.chubb@uleth.ca) for access information).

To give Members an opportunity to discuss the pros and cons of the proposed Collective Agreement, members of the Bargaining Team also will be hosting four town hall style meetings in the next two weeks.


Town Halls

  • Tuesday, May 28 at 2pm in PE250
  • Friday, May 31 at 10am in E690
  • Monday, June 3 at 2pm in S6031 (Calgary Campus)
  • Friday, June 7 at 10am in PE250

Ratification Meeting
Tuesday, June 11 at 1pm in PE 250

Calgary Campus Members can join via video conference from our large board room in Bow Valley College, S6025. Members outside of Calgary and Lethbridge can email aaron.chubb@uleth.ca for access to the meeting via Web-X.

 

ULFA executive votes to recommend proposed agreement to membership for ratification

The ULFA executive has voted to recommend the proposed 2018-2020 Collective Agreement (CA) to its membership for ratification. We will be hosting a series of Town Halls for discussion of the CA culminating in a ratification meeting on June 11, 2019. Following the ratification meeting the CA will be voted on electronically by the ULFA Membership.

You can read a detailed summary of the proposed agreement here.

Town Halls

  • Tuesday, May 28 at 2pm in PE250
  • Friday, May 31 at 10am in E690
  • Monday, June 3 at 2pm in S6031 (Calgary Campus)
  • Friday, June 7 at 10am in PE250

Ratification Meeting
June 11 at 1pm in PE 250
Calgary Campus Members can join via video conference from our large board room in Bow Valley College, S6025. Members outside of Calgary and Lethbridge can email aaron.chubb@uleth.ca for access to the meeting via Web-X.

Voting
Electronic Voting will commence following the June 11 meeting and will be open until June 18.

Bargaining update May 21, 2018. Agreement in principle

Negotiating teams from ULFA and the Board of Governors met yesterday to conclude negotiations of the 2018-2020 Collective Agreement.

In an extended session, the two teams finalised the remaining articles and schedules: Article 2 (Definitions) and Schedule R (Conclusion of bargaining).

Both sides will now present the agreement-in-principle to their principals for recommendation and ratification.

In the case of ULFA, the agreement will be presented to the Executive at its next meeting, at which point the Executive will decide whether it will recommend the agreement to the membership for ratification. Ratification will require a special meeting of the Membership followed by an electronic ballot.

The bargaining team is in the process of preparing versions of the agreement with an explanation of the proposed changes. We will publish further information about the proposed agreement once this is ready.

Bargaining update May 8, 9, 10, and 14

Representatives of the Board of Governors and ULFA met on May 8, 9, 10, and 14 to continue negotiations. The extended sessions saw the two sides reach agreements-in-principle on most remaining articles (As always, you can follow the progress of individual articles here):

May 8

12 Criteria for Extension of Probation, Tenure, Promotion and Salary Increments for Faculty Members

May 9

11 Rights and Responsibilities

26 Termination of Appointment for Financial Emergency or Due to Program Redundancy

May 10

25 Supervision and Discipline

May 14

MoU Equity, Diversity and Inclusion (NEW)

34 Leaves of Absence

Schedule K Maternity Leave Examples

At this point, the two sides have yet to reach formal agreement-in-principle on two articles and schedules: Article 2 (Definitions) and Schedule S (replacing the current Schedule R), in which the two sides conclude bargaining and commit themselves to recommending the concluded agreement for ratification. The two sides hope to reach final agreement on these items and the agreement as a whole on Tuesday May 21–slightly more than a year after negotiations began on April 24, 2018. The first exchanges of language took place on May 11, 2018.

The next step once agreement on all articles is reached is for the agreement-in-principle to be recommended by the bargaining teams to their principals for ratification. In the case of ULFA this process involves presenting the agreement-in-principle to the ULFA executive and, with the executive’s recommendation, to the ULFA membership for a ratification vote. Ratification will require a special meeting of the membership in order to move and second the motion for ratification by electronic ballot. More information about this special meeting will be communicated to the membership after final agreement-in-principle is reached. Members will also be provided with access to the proposed agreement, as well as detailed and summary accounts of the proposed changes.

Bargaining update May 2, 2019

Representatives of the Board of Governors and ULFA met on May 2nd to continue bargaining. This was to discuss issues remaining after a majority of the major mandate issues were settled in marathon sessions on April 17, 18, and 23.

Two articles were settled on May 2:

  • 22 (Grievance Procedure); and
  • 33 (Gradual Retirement and Reduced Load)

A third article, 11 (Rights and Responsibilities) saw two exchanges during the session. While the two sides are close on this article, some significant differences remain. You can follow the status of all articles here.

Finally, the two teams agreed on some extended times for negotiation on May 8-10. On each day the teams will meet in the morning and then return for a shorter session in the afternoon.