On Thursday afternoon, 7 November 2013, WLUFA requested a ‘No Board Report’ from the Ontario Ministry of Labour after two full days of conciliation with the provincially-appointed conciliator.
At the end of the second day of conciliation, Monday 4 November 2013, it was made clear to the CAS Negotiating Team that, despite our attempts to accommodate its demands, the Administration was refusing to move from an unacceptable offer and conciliation was at an impasse. This left us with no choice but to request a “No-Board report”. The CAS Negotiating Team brought forward the recommendation to the WLUFA Executive on Thursday morning. The Executive voted in favour of requesting a “No-Board report” from the Ministry.
WLUFA is committed to ensuring that CAS faculty are fairly compensated for the responsibility of delivering half of Laurier students’ educational experience in the classroom.
There will be Bargaining Unit meetings on Monday, November 11. It is very important to have your input. Please attend one of the following meetings.
Date: Monday, November 11, 2013
Time: 12:00 noon – lunch will be provided – Please RSVP to Linda at firstname.lastname@example.org by Wed. Nov. 6th
Place: CB 206 – Carnegie Building
Date: Monday, November 11, 2013
Time: 5:30 p.m.
Place: BA 111 – Bricker Academic
WLUFA will communicate regularly to update members and students about the state of negotiations and would ask that you check out our different channels for updates: www.wlufa.ca, https://www.facebook.com/groups/wlufacas/, weteachlaurier.tumblr.com, advocatewlufa.wordpress.com, and @WLUFA on Twitter.
Dr Herbert Pimlott
Communications Director, WLUFA
Dear Contract Faculty Member,
I’m writing to you today to pass on the disappointing news that the conciliation process reached a point of impasse last night and, therefore, has failed to bring about a tentative Collective Agreement worthy of being brought before you and your CAS colleagues. Your negotiating team is currently examining the next steps in this process and while we at WLUFA remain hopeful that the negotiation process might still bring about a fair and reasonable Collective Agreement for you, it is becoming clear that this will not happen without a show of your support.
Details about the Administration’s last position at the negotiating table will be coming to you from our Strategy Committee throughout this week. For now, I would like to impress on you the importance of your attendance at the Bargaining Unit meetings being held on November 11. While we had initially hoped to begin the ratification process at these meetings, the disappointment of yesterday’s conciliation means that the meetings will now be held in order to begin a strike vote. Without a strike mandate, the continuing negotiation process – and a fair Agreement for you, our University’s precariously employed teachers – will most certainly be in jeopardy.
It is imperative that you look to your email for details about your negotiations and the status of your Bargaining Unit over the coming weeks. Please attend the Bargaining Unit meetings on Nov. 11 – and if you cannot attend them, please feel free to come into/ call/ email WLUFA with your questions. In addition, talk to your colleagues and make sure they are aware of what’s happening.
As with any union, our Members’ greatest power lies in the solidarity of our Membership. As your union President, I am personally asking you to step forward, be informed, get involved and show your solidarity with and for your fellow Contract Faculty Members.
Sincerely and in Solidarity,
The Wilfrid Laurier University Faculty Association and Wilfrid Laurier University filed jointly for conciliation on Monday,
September 23. Negotiations between Contract Academic Staff and the University are stalled, but both sides are optimistic that a
settlement can be reached with the assistance of a conciliator, who will be appointed by the Ontario Ministry of Labour.
For more information, drop by one of the two CAS information tables in the Science Atrium on Tuesday, September 24th, or the
Concourse on Wednesday, September 25th, between 11:00 am and 2:00 pm, and keep up-to-date by following us on Twitter (@WLUFA),