Bargaining Wire: Tentative settlement at St. Jerome’s, Conciliation at Brescia, UOIT, and Laurier

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The St. Jerome’s University Academic Staff Association (SJUASA) reached a tentative settlement on October 21st. The agreement was ratified by the Association, with 96 per cent voting in favour, on October 24, 2013.
The five-year deal includes annual ATB increases of 3% in the first two years, and for the following years, the higher of: University of Waterloo faculty scale (to be negotiated), CPI, or 1.5%. The Faculty of Association of the University of Waterloo is currently in the fourth year of a five-year agreement, in which ATB increases are 0%, 0%, 3%, 3% & 3%. On the non-monetary side, SJUASA secured financial exigency language. The association was also successfully in maintaining non-merit based progress-through-the-ranks increments. There are now teaching stream appointments in the agreement, capped at 10% of the bargaining unit (3 positions).
Brescia, which has been without a first contract for three years, is currently in conciliation. The UOIT teaching stream and WLU contract faculty are also in conciliation. The OCADU faculty association is heading into mediation in November. The Algoma contract faculty unit and Trent are currently in negotiations.
Associations at Brock, Carleton, Royal Military College, Guelph, King’s, Western and Windsor are currently preparing to bargain, as their agreements expire in 2014.

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