Urfa Collective Agreement 2019

Urfa Collective Agreement 2019

“I feel like I can go to the URFA and they will tell me directly what is going on when the administration is acting like politicians. The 2014-17 collective agreement did not include faculty members. URFA refused: “When we agreed to include an “Add One/drop one” in the collective agreement, we thought, based on the statements of the university administration made at the bargaining table, that each term, every holding track and the retained university collaborator of the URFA bargaining unit would get an advantage from the add one/one drop in three years [2019] of the contract.” June 24, 2019: URFA files a complaint about the Add One/Drop One (210 KB) implementation More than a month after signing a collective agreement, University of Regina academics began to be dissatisfied with the sensitive issue of compensation. Fair pay for university staff was one of the many topics that almost led members of the University of Regina Faculty Association (URFA) to take action for employment in April. Tensions between the administration, academic staff and even students saw new heights when the university went on strike. In the 2014-17 collective agreement, the Add One/Drop One clause included rows of librarians, lab teachers and trainers, while in the renegotiated agreement, the faculty – a relatively large portion of university staff – was added. In the 2017-21 collective agreement, high wages, with or above their normal wage limit, are entitled to an increase. A new collective agreement between the University of Regina and the U of R Faculty Association (URFA) is now submitted to the school`s board of directors for final approval. “In the year of the drop of one/add one (2019), anyone with the authority (i.e. the increment has not been denied in their performance evaluation) receives an increase resulting from the scale, which moves up a ladder.” READ MORE: Possible strike because U of R-Administration and URFA fail to reach a new agreement Several URFA members illustrated such disillusionment when they were informed of a clause stating that the URFA is different from what was agreed at the table. On May 10, 2019, the URFA contacted its members with an update from the Academic Bargaining Committee and informed its members that a lawyer had been consulted on a discrepancy in the “Add one/drop one increment” clause.

The stalemate in the negotiations ended on March 25, 2019, when the two sides reached an interim collective agreement, which was subsequently ratified. However, there is still a gap between the administration and the faculties` association. In addition to the Add One/Drop One clause, all URFA members will receive a 1.75% pay increase effective July 1, 2019, as described in the 2017/21 collective agreement. This 1.75% increase is part of the economic resolution and is independent of performance. In the two years that the university had been without a collective agreement, the rate had been zero per cent. URFA members voted in favour of the four-year agreement reached on 26 March, the last day of mediation.


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