On Aug. 17, Brock University’s Board of Trustees ratified a new collective agreement that had been reached between the University and Ontario Secondary School Teachers Federation, District 35, which represents support staff at Brock.
The union members had ratified the agreement on Aug. 13.
The three-year collective agreement is retroactive to May 1, 2015, and is effective to April 30, 2018.
A draft of the new collective agreement will be available on the University’s website shortly.
Brock University and the Ontario Secondary School Teachers Federation, District 35, reached a tentative deal for a new collective agreement on Sunday evening, hours before a midnight strike deadline.
OSSTF District 35 represents about 200 administrative support staff at Brock.
The tentative deal was announced by both parties, and averts a possible labour disruption at Brock that was anticipated for Monday morning.
The agreement reached by the two negotiating teams must be ratified by both parties before it takes effect. OSSTF District 35 members are expected to vote on the deal this week, as is the University’s Board of Trustees.
Brock and OSSTF have been negotiating since February. The previous agreement expired on April 30.
The University has been advised that OSSTF District 35, which represents support staff at Brock, will set a strike deadline of Monday Aug. 10.
The parties have been bargaining for a new agreement since February, and the University remains committed to continued talks with the Union to reach a renewal collective agreement. The previous collective agreement expired on April 30.
The parties met with a provincially appointed conciliation officer on July 14, after which the Union requested what is known as a “no-board report”, the first step toward a legal strike or lockout.
The University has been advised that the “no-board report” has been issued, and the parties are in a legal strike/lockout position as of 12:01 am on Aug. 7. The Union has advised the University that they will set a strike deadline for Aug. 10.
For continued updates on this negotiation, and for more information about the collective bargaining process, please see the Brock University Outlook website.
Representatives from Brock University and OSSTF District 35 continued contract negotiations on July 14, with the help of a provincially-appointed conciliator.
When the discussions did not result in a collective agreement, the union requested a no-board report, which is the first step toward a legal strike or lockout. The no-board report is expected to be issued by the Ministry of Labour within the next three to five days.
At this time, no strike or lockout deadlines have been set by either party.
The parties have been bargaining for a renewal collective agreement since February 2015. The University remains committed to continued talks with the union to reach a renewal agreement, and will update the Brock community as discussions continue.
More information about the collective bargaining process can be found on the Brock University Outlook website.
OSSTF D35, which represents support staff at Brock University, filed a request on 5 June 2015 for the appointment of a conciliation officer, following the tenth meeting between the parties. A conciliation officer has been appointed by the Ministry of Labour and the parties are canvassing for future meeting dates. The collective agreement between the University and OSSTF D35 expired on 30 April 2015.
The University is also in negotiations with CUPE 2220, which represents support staff at Rodman Hall Art Centre. The University filed a request for the appointment of a conciliation officer on 16 June 2015, following the second meeting between the parties. The University and CUPE 2220 have met on three occasions, and are canvassing for future meeting dates.
Conciliation is a process by which a union or employer can apply to the Ontario Ministry of Labour to appoint a conciliation officer, who will try to help the parties reach a collective agreement.
The University remains committed to reaching negotiated settlements with OSSTF D35 and CUPE 2220, and looks forward to continuing discussions to reach a collective agreement.
Further updates will be provided to the community as discussions continue.