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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 – MSVUFA

Oct 18, 2018

In June, the University began bargaining with the Mount Saint Vincent University Faculty Association (MSVU FA), representing 144 full-time faculty, professional librarians and lab instructors. The bargaining teams have met 28 times since then. While a number of items were advanced and dates for additional meetings established, the Faculty Association today opted to proceed via 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. 

Next steps and keeping you updated

Students are the Mount’s top priority, and we want to ensure the Mount is positioned for continued success and to deliver an excellent student experience. We remain committed to reaching a settlement with the Faculty Association.

We want to ensure all members of the Mount community receive timely and accurate information, and will continue to keep you updated via this section of the Mount’s website.

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact me.

Regards,
Brian

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


July 5, 2018

I am writing to if inform you that negotiations commenced between the Mount Board of Governors and the Mount Saint Vincent University Faculty Association (MSVUFA) on June 18, 2018. The Association represents permanent full-time faculty, term faculty, librarians, and lab instructors.

The bargaining teams have numerous meetings scheduled over the course of the summer. The University looks forward to another round of productive negotiations.

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


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

December 7, 2017

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 Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE) Local 3912 which represents part-time faculty teaching at the Mount. CUPE Local 3912 members also recently voted in favour of accepting the agreement. 

I would like to thank both bargaining teams for their efforts to reach a collective agreement that will serve the interests of CUPE Local 3912 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

(Pictured below: Members of the CUPE Local 3912 and Mount bargaining teams at the contract signing)

CUPE Local 3912 and MSVU Bargaining Teams -- at contract signing -- Dec 2017-resized

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

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

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

Collective
Agreement

(PDF) »