University and BUFA ratify collective agreement

Brock University and the Brock University Faculty Association (BUFA) have ratified a three-year agreement for the period between July 1, 2014 and June 30, 2017. BUFA represents 576 professors and professional librarians at Brock.

Bargaining discussions commenced in May 2014 and pre-conciliation mediation began on Aug. 6. BUFA and the University acknowledge the critical role of mediator Peter Simpson, from the Ministry of Labour, in bringing the parties together and building a bridge to the tentative agreement.

The tentative agreement was reached on Aug. 13. It was ratified by the Brock University Board of Trustees on Aug. 25 and by the BUFA membership on Aug. 29.

University and BUFA reach tentative agreement

Brock University and the Brock University Faculty Association (BUFA) reached a tentative agreement on a new contract early on Wednesday Aug. 13, 2014.

The tentative agreement was reached with the assistance of a mediator, and upon ratification would succeed the current collective agreement that expired June 30, 2014.

Details regarding the new agreement will not be released until both parties have ratified it with their principals.


Collective bargaining updates

BUFA — After meeting on a number of occasions, the Parties have mutually agreed to pre-conciliation mediation. The first meeting with the mediator will be on Aug 6. The collective agreement expired on June 30.

IATSE — Bargaining committees for the University and IATSE have met twice. The parties plan to continue bargaining and are in the process of scheduling additional dates. The collective agreement expired on June 5.

CUPE 4207-3 — Bargaining committees for the University and CUPE 4207-3 have met twice and are scheduled to meet again on July 30. The collective agreement expired on July 6.

University, BUFA bargaining update

The Parties have jointly agreed to continue their bargaining discussions and apply to the Ontario Ministry of Labour for pre-conciliation mediation. This voluntary process will result in the appointment of a mediator whose role will be to assist the Parties to arrive at feasible solutions in their bargaining discussions.

The Collective Agreement (the Agreement) between the University and BUFA (July 1, 2011 – June 30, 2014) describes that the Agreement “shall remain in full force and effect after its expiry date until a new Agreement has been reached, or until the conciliation process prescribed by the Ontario Labour Relations Act has been completed….”.

The joint agreement of the Parties respecting a pre-conciliation mediation process is a voluntary step before the process of conciliation mentioned above.

Update regarding job losses at Brock

The University and OSSTF have continued to communicate with bargaining unit members affected by staffing reductions. While further opportunities to limit the effects of bumping will continue to be explored, the University anticipates that fewer than 10 employees will exercise bumping rights.

The focus of the discussions between OSSTF and the University will now shift to the bumping process and placement of affected employees into current vacancies as identified in the collective agreement. The University continues to anticipate that all bumping will be complete by July 31, at which time a further update will be provided.