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Faculty & Staff Relations at the Mount

The Mount has a strong history of positive relations with its faculty and staff. Each of the five unions representing Mount faculty and staff have mature collective agreements that guide the employment relationships of its members. We are proud to have built strong relationships with our unions where concerns are addressed in an effective and respectful manner. Frequently Asked Questions »

Our Approach

The University has developed five general themes which represent our approach to this round of negotiations with the five unions on campus:

  1. Ensuring the University’s ability to manage not only its short-term, but also long-term, financial challenges.
  2. Creating a student experience that firmly aligns with the adapting needs and desires of today’s students.
  3. Aligning everything we do with the core elements of the University’s strategic mission and values.
  4. Operating as a model of best practice through continuous improvement and consistency in how we operate our University.
  5. Using the collective bargaining process as a forum for positive dialogue and mutual cooperation, and upholding the values of respect and collegiality that are fundamental to our University’s mission.


Bargaining Updates – CUPE, Local 3912 (Part-time faculty)

October 17, 2017

I am pleased to advise that the Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE) Local 3912 which represents part-time faculty teaching at the Mount has voted to accept the tentative agreement reached this past June. 
 
The university is recommending the agreement to the Board of Governors who are expected to ratify it at their meeting in November. 

Once again, I would like to thank both bargaining teams for their efforts to reach a collective agreement that will serve the interests of all.
 
Brian Jessop P.Eng, CPM. 
VP Administration 
Mount Saint Vincent University

June 12, 2017

I am writing to provide you with an update on the negotiations with the Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE) Local 3912 which represents part-time faculty teaching at the University on a contract basis. The teams have met 10 times and I am pleased to let you know that a tentative agreement has been reached.
 
The university will be recommending the agreement to the Board of Governors and the CUPE bargaining team has indicated that they will be recommending the agreement to their members. We anticipate the agreement will be ratified in the fall. 
 
I would like to thank the teams representing both CUPE Local 3912 members and the Mount’s Board of Governors for their dedication to these negotiations.
 
Brian Jessop P.Eng, CPM. 
VP Administration 
Mount Saint Vincent University

April 7, 2017

I am writing to let you know that we have recently begun negotiations with the Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE) Local 3912 which represents part-time faculty teaching at the University on a contract basis.

Three meetings have been held already with another planned for later this month. I would like to thank the teams representing both CUPE Local 3912 members and the Mount’s Board of Governors for their dedication to these negotiations.

I will continue to keep you updated on any new developments.

Brian Jessop P.Eng, CPM. 
VP Administration 
Mount Saint Vincent University

Bargaining Updates - IUOE (Security)

November 25, 2016

I am pleased to let you know that an agreement has been reached with the International Union of Operating Engineers (IUOE) Local 721, Security, further to a conciliation process started a few months ago.

At their meeting last night, the University's Board of Governors voted to ratify the tentative collective agreement. IUOE Local 721, Security members also recently voted in favour of accepting the agreement. 

Thank you to both bargaining teams for their efforts to reach a settlement that will serve the interests of IUOE Local 721, Security members and the University.

As always, should you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact me.


Brian Jessop, P.Eng, CPM.
Vice-President Administration
Mount Saint Vincent University


June 24, 2016

I am writing to provide an update on negotiations with the International Union of Operating Engineers (IUOE) Local 721, Security, which have been ongoing since later last year. The IUOE Local 721 have opted to file for conciliation. 


What is conciliation?

Conciliation is the process of mediation in collective bargaining by a neutral third party knowledgeable in effective negotiation procedures. This third party is called a "conciliator" and their role is to assist employers and unions in reaching mutually agreeable solutions to outstanding issues. Conciliators are appointed by the Minister of Labour and Advanced Education (or a delegate) at the written request of one or both parties to collective bargaining. The conciliator assists the parties to resolve their outstanding issues, promotes a climate of non-adversarial dispute resolution, and suggests ideas/options for the parties' consideration, but will not attempt to impose any settlement. 

I will continue to keep you updated on the bargaining process. If you have any questions in the meantime, please do not hesitate to contact me.

Brian Jessop, P.Eng, CPM. 
Vice-President Administration
Mount Saint Vincent University


Bargaining Updates - IUOE (Custodial and Steam Plant)

July 6, 2016

I am pleased to let you know that the University's Board of Governors has voted to ratify the tentative collective agreement negotiated with the International Union of Operating Engineers (IUOE) Local 721, Custodial and Steam Plant. IUOE Local 721 members also recently voted in favour of accepting the agreement. 

I would like to thank both bargaining teams for their efforts to reach a settlement that will serve the interests of IUOE Local 721 members and the University.

As always, should you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact me.

Brian Jessop, P.Eng, CPM.
Vice-President Administration
Mount Saint Vincent University

May 12, 2016

I am writing to provide an update on negotiations with the International Union of Operating Engineers (IUOE) Local 721, Custodial and Steam Plant. 

I am pleased to report that a tentative agreement has been reached between the University and the IUOE Local 721 (Custodial and Steam Plant). Both teams and the Conciliator worked together to reach a settlement that would serve the interests of IUOE Local 721 members and the University. The University will be recommending the agreement to the Board of Governors and the IUOE Local 721 (Custodial and Steam Plant) bargaining team has indicated that they will be recommending the agreement to their members and bringing it forward for a vote in early June.

I would like to thank both bargaining teams for their work and commitment on this process over the past several months.

Brian Jessop, P. Eng, CPM.
VP Administration
Mount Saint Vincent University


March 24, 2016

I am writing to provide an update on negotiations with the International Union of Operating Engineers (IUOE) Local 721, Custodial and Steam Plant, which have been ongoing since August 2015. We have been advised that the IUOE Local 721 have opted to file for conciliation. 

What is conciliation?
Conciliation is the process of mediation in collective bargaining by a neutral third party knowledgeable in effective negotiation procedures. This third party is called a "conciliator" and their role is to assist employers and unions in reaching mutually agreeable solutions to outstanding issues. Conciliators are appointed by the Minister of Labour and Advanced Education (or a delegate) at the written request of one or both parties to collective bargaining. The conciliator assists the parties to resolve their outstanding issues, promotes a climate of non-adversarial dispute resolution, and suggests ideas/options for the parties' consideration, but will not attempt to impose any settlement. 

I will continue to keep you updated on the bargaining process. If you have any questions in the meantime, please do not hesitate to contact me.

Brian Jessop, P.Eng, CPM. 
Vice-President Administration
Mount Saint Vincent University


Bargaining Updates - NSGEU

February 26, 2016

I am pleased to let you know that last night (February 25) the University's Board of Governors voted to ratify the tentative collective agreement negotiated in January with the NSGEU, Local 81, representing support staff, including technical, clerical, and administrative positions at the Mount.


The Mount’s NSGEU (Local 81) members also recently voted strongly in favour of accepting the agreement. Formal signing is scheduled to occur shortly.

Thanks to the bargaining teams for their work and commitment on this over the past several months.

Brian Jessop, P.Eng, CPM. 
Vice-President Administration
Mount Saint Vincent University

January 26, 2016

On behalf of the Board of Governors bargaining team I am pleased to announce that a tentative agreement has been reached with the NSGEU (representing support staff, including technical, clerical, and administrative positions at the Mount). NSGEU (Local 81) has communicated with its members and a vote will take place within the next ten days. The Mount's Board of Governors will vote to ratify the Collective Agreement at their next meeting scheduled for February 25, 2016.

I would like to thank both bargaining teams for their work and commitment on this over the past several months.
 
Brian Jessop, P.Eng, CPM.
Vice-President Administration
Mount Saint Vincent University


Bargaining Update - MSVUFA

November 20, 2015

I am pleased to let you know that last night the University's Board of Governors voted to ratify the tentative collective agreement negotiated in October with the MSVU Faculty Association. The Faculty Association’s members also recently voted strongly in favour of accepting the agreement. Formal signing is scheduled to occur shortly.

I would like to thank both parties for their efforts to reach a settlement that will serve the interests of faculty and the University.

As always, should you have any questions please do not hesitate to contact me.

Ramona Lumpkin, CM, PhD
President and Vice-Chancellor

Mount Saint Vincent University

Note: Previous updates can be viewed in our archives


Bargaining Update – NSGEU and IUOE

November 10, 2015

I am writing to advise you that we have begun negotiations with NSGEU Local 81, IUOE Local 721, Security, and IUOE Local 721, Custodial and Steam Plant.

The Nova Scotia Government and General Employees Union (NSGEU), Local 81 represents support staff at the Mount, including those in technical, clerical, administrative and maintenance positions. The International Union of Operating Engineers (IUOE), Local 721 represents security staff as well as custodial and steam plant employees at the Mount.

I commend all those involved in the negotiations for their hard work and dedication to the process. We will continue to keep you updated on any new developments.

Brian Jessop P.Eng, CPM.
Vice-President Administration
Mount Saint Vincent University

Note: Previous bargaining updates can be viewed in our archives


Employee Groups on Campus

 
 Mount Saint Vincent University Faculty Association 
The MSVUFA represents full-time faculty, professional librarians and lab instructors.    
 

Collective
Agreement

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 Website      
   
Canadian Union of Public Employees, Local 3912
CUPE 3912 represents part-time faculty teaching at the University on a contract basis.

Collective
Agreement

(PDF) »

Website
   
Nova Scotia Government & General Employees Union, Local 81
NSGEU, Local 81 represents support staff, including technical, clerical, and administrative positions.

Collective
Agreement

(PDF) »

Website
   
International Union of Operating Engineers, Local 721
One of two IUOE 721 units on campus, this unit represents security staff.

Collective
Agreement

(PDF) »

   
International Union of Operating Engineers, Local 721
The other IUOE 721 unit represents custodians and steam plant employees.

Collective
Agreement

(PDF) »