While details of the agreements have not been made public, Hansen revealed that the agreements were reached as part of the provincial government`s negotiating mandate for the public sector in 2010. However, a key element of the 2010 mandate was the absolute refusal to increase net equalization costs. Therefore, if any of these agreements provide for wage increases, these expenses will be offset by reductions in other areas. B.C. Finance Minister Colin Hansen announced that unions representing SFU faculty and staff reached two-year collective agreements with the province and university last week. “It is excellent news that SFU`s administrative and specialist staff have reached an agreement,” Moira Stilwell, Minister of Training and Labour Market Development, said in a press release. “You play a key role in supporting the academic mission and are an integral part of our post-competition system in B.C.” SFUFA`s negotiating proposals and priorities are defined by its members and we strongly encourage members to make recommendations and participate in the various forums planned for the review, the development and selection of collective bargaining proposals. The framework agreement previously in force has been replaced by this document, which contains conditions for the legal relationship between Aniversity and the Association, collective bargaining and dispute settlement procedures, as well as working conditions, including wages and social benefits. While every effort is made to ensure the consistency and accuracy of the documents presented here, readers should remember that these are not the official documents. Pages may differ from the official version of the collective agreement. To view the collective agreement in PDF format, you must use Acrobat Reader. If you do not have acrobat reader, please download it by clicking here. The other two major SFU unions are also at a similar stage of renegotiating their various collective agreements.
Members of the Technical Assistance Union, which represents teachers at the university, including TAs and Sessionsal Instructors, are currently continuing to work under the terms of an expanded agreement that was originally due to expire on April 30. TSSU representatives did not respond to an interview request when The Peak was printed. CUPE 3338 has six separate collective agreements at SFU, four of which – those with SFU, SFSS Food and Beverage, SFPIRG and Best (or SFU concierges – are being renegotiated. Discussions with Food and Beverage and SFU have not yet started and discussions with SFPIRG are expected to start next month and all other agreements are currently under discussion. Of the six CUPE 3338 collective agreements, only the agreement with SFU is subject to the 2010 provincial bargaining mandate. The provincial government`s website states that “the goal of the 2010 mandate is to reach voluntaryly negotiated collective agreements in the public sector, which will continue to help the province provide public services at a lower cost and financially prudent basis.” Hansen added in a press release: “I am pleased to see that real progress continues to be made at the negotiating tables. Despite the economic slowdown, unions and employers have . C in collective bargaining in the public sector. A lot of work has been done. SFUFA is solely responsible for collective bargaining for faculties, members of current teacher categories, librarians and archivists at Simon Fraser University. As a trade union profession certified under the law, SFUFA negotiates collective agreements that are legally binding on both the university and the members. SFUFA has both rights and obligations with respect to the management of these agreements and the application of their provisions, and SFUFA representatives may legally represent members in any labour dispute with the university. While union action within the SFU was rare – the last strike took place in the fall of 2007, when SFU Childcare Society workers went on strike for four weeks before agreeing to a negotiated agreement – strikes were a particularly present threat to post-secondary facilities in Ontario.
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