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No-board issued at Queen’s, Queen’s high-risk labour strategy revealed in principal’s now-public letter
With the clock ticking towards a strike/lockout, Queen’s administration bargaining strategy is described “an iron-fisted negotiation strategy that will tolerate, indeed provoke, labour disruptions in order to achieve its goals.”

In a Canadian breakthrough, geographic location at Laurentian no barrier to faculty joining bargaining unit
All continuing ed. faculty located outside Sudbury - whether in Newfoundland or Dubai - can now be included in the LUFA bargaining unit.

Bargaining Wire: “What is a no-board report?
A “no-board report” signifies that conciliation will end, starting the clock ticking towards a legal strike/lockout.

Dr. Atef Fahim
Dr. Atef Fahim,of the University of Ottawa and a member of OCUFA’s executive, died Sunday, July 31, following emergency heart surgery last Thursday.
 
No-board issued at Queen’s, Queen’s high-risk labour strategy revealed in principal’s now-public letter
In a June 25 letter to the university’s board of trustees, now made public, Queen’s principal, Daniel Woolf, told trustees that the administration’s current negotiating strategy could lead to “major labour disruptions” which will be “unpleasant and potentially reputation damaging “ but “may be a necessary step in order to achieve success in salary restraint and pension reform.”

Queen’s is making significant demands of its employee groups, including faculty. The administration has tabled demands at the faculty bargaining table in the areas of pensions, job security for contract academic, and compensation - while refusing displaying no real effort to compromise or negotiate a settlement. It has rejected out of hand faculty association proposals on how to address issues facing the university, including pension plan changes.

Queen’s had asked for no-board reports in its current negotiations with both the Queen’s University Faculty Association and the Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE), which represents 450 technical employees at Queen’s.

On August 2, the Queen’s faculty association was notified that a no-board decision has been issued with respect to faculty negotiations, effective July 29, meaning that QUFA and the administration will be in a strike/lockout position on August 15. Mediation is scheduled for August 11, 12, 13, and 14.

“We are still hoping for a fair negotiated settlement, said QUFA President Paul Young.

A no-board had been issued earlier for the CUPE talks, but Queen’s and CUPE have agreed to extend their legal strike/lockout deadline to Monday, August 8.  

“The Queen’s administration appears more interested in fostering labour disruption to achieve its goals – even if it means harming students and the reputation of the university," said OCUFA Executive Director Mark Rosenfeld in a statement last Friday, “than coming to a workable settlement between the parties that’s in the long-term interests of the university.”

Rosenfeld described the Queen’s bargaining stance as “an iron-fisted negotiation strategy that will tolerate, indeed provoke, labour disruptions in order to achieve its goals.”

QUFA, CUPE, and the United Steelworkers, which are all in bargaining with Queen’s, issued a joint letter to Woolf, saying Queen’s is not bargaining.

“You are forcing employees to the brink and demanding their submission,” the letter states. “The consequences cannot be minimized. It will take years to recover from the pain and distrust which will be felt far beyond the borders if the campus.”
 
In a Canadian breakthrough, geographic location at Laurentian no barrier to faculty joining bargaining unit
The Laurentian University Faculty Association has succeeded in adding faculty teaching in its Centre for Continuing Education (CCE) to the bargaining unit, a first in Canada.

The CCE administers Laurentian’s on-campus spring session program, as well as its off-campus programs. Its instructors are located in areas scattered away from Laurentian’s Sudbury campus.

Full-time faculty at Laurentian who teach CCE courses have been covered by LUFA’s collective agreement. But any CCE work performed by contract academic staff has not been covered. Nor have the full-time faculty teaching exclusively for the CCE been covered.

The issues involved were often complex  but, ultimately, after mediation, the university agreed that geographic location is a non-issue for belonging to the faculty association. Faculty teaching for the CCE, whether in Sudbury, Newfoundland, or Dubai, can be included in the LUFA bargaining unit, if they voted to certify.  

The CCE faculty voted 86 per cent in favour of certifying, adding about 80 new members to LUFA.

This development means that almost all faculty teaching Laurentian courses are now unionized
 
Bargaining Wire: No-Board Report
When a ministry of labour conciliation officer concludes that a union and an employer cannot reach a collective agreement, the officer may recommend to the minister of labour that a board of conciliators be set up. The fact the conciliation officer can make this ruling may put pressure on the parties to settle while still in conciliation.

This is not what usually occurs, however.

What usually happens is that one or both of the parties asks the minister to issue a notice that conciliation will end. This notice is called a “no-board report” and signifies that the situation is such that it is not worth setting up a conciliation board.

Seventeen days following the release of the no-board report, the union can call a legal strike, and an employer can legally alter the terms and conditions of work out and lock bargaining unit members out. Conversely, neither party can so act without a minister’s no-board report.
 
Dr. Atef Fahim
Dr. Atef Fahim, a member of OCUFA’s executive, died Sunday, July 31, following emergency heart surgery last Thursday.

Dr. Fahim was an enthusiastic and committed member of the OCUFA family for many years. A strong proponent of quality post-secondary education for Ontario students, he served on the OCUFA executive for the past three years

Dr. Fahim was also a founding member of OCUFA’s Pension Committee and brought a wealth of knowledge and years of pension experience to the task of assisting the government and OCUFA in dealing with the critical pension issues over the past four years. For many years he also served on the OCUFA board of directors, representing the Association of Professors University of Ottawa. 

Dr. Fahim was a professor in the Faculty of Engineering at the University of Ottawa.


 


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