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.

Below are archived announcements and updates from previous years.

2017

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

2015

Collective Bargaining Updates (2015)

November 12, 2015

I am writing to provide you with an update on collective bargaining with the Mount Saint Vincent University Faculty Association. I’m pleased to let you know that the Faculty Association’s members recently voted strongly in favour of accepting the tentative agreement reached last month. The agreement will be voted on by the Mount’s Board of Governors at their meeting on November 19th, after which time I will provide a further update.

In the meantime, if you have any questions please do not hesitate to contact me.

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


October 2, 2015

I am writing to provide you with an update on negotiations with the Mount Saint Vincent University Faculty Association (MSUVFA). The MSVUFA represents 145 full-time faculty, professional librarians and lab instructors.

I am pleased to report that a tentative agreement has been reached between the University and the MSVUFA. Both teams and the conciliator worked together today to reach a settlement that would serve the interests of both parties. The University will be recommending the agreement to the Board of Governors and the MSVUFA bargaining team has indicated that they will be recommending the agreement to their members and bringing it forward for a vote in the near future.

I will update you once we have the results of the MSVUFA membership vote. In the meantime, if you have any questions please do not hesitate to contact me.

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


September 18, 2015

In June, the University began bargaining with the Mount Saint Vincent University Faculty Association (MSVU FA), representing 145 full-time faculty, professional librarians and lab instructors. The bargaining teams met 13 times over the summer. While a number of items were advanced and dates for additional meetings were established, the Faculty Association opted in late August to proceed via conciliation. For more on how conciliation works, please review these frequently asked questions.

We learned today, that the MSVU FA recently held a strike vote and their members voted in favour of a strike. A strike vote at this time is an indication of the members’ support for their bargaining team as they enter conciliation. A strike could not take place until a number of steps over a period of time have been followed as part of the conciliation process. In our past three rounds of bargaining with the MSVU FA, we have attained a successful outcome with the support of a conciliator.

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 also want to ensure that all members of the Mount community receive timely and accurate information, and will continue to keep you updated via 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


August 26, 2015

In June, the University began bargaining with the Mount Saint Vincent University Faculty Association, representing 145 full-time faculty, professional librarians and lab instructors. The bargaining teams met 13 times over the summer. While a number of items were advanced and dates for additional meetings were 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


June 10, 2015

The University commenced bargaining with the Mount Saint Vincent (Faculty Association) on June 9, 2015. The bargaining teams have 16 meetings scheduled over the course of the summer. The University is looking forward to another round of productive negotiations.

2014

March 27, 2014

I am writing to provide you with an update on negotiations with Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE) Local 3912, which have been ongoing since April 2013. CUPE, Local 3912 represents part-time faculty teaching at the University on a contract basis.

I am pleased to report that a tentative agreement has been reached with CUPE members of the Mount. Both teams and the Conciliator worked together to reach a settlement that would serve the interests of CUPE members and the University. The University will be recommending the agreement to the Board of Governors and as we understand, CUPE has indicated they will be recommending the agreement to its members and bringing it forward for a vote in the near future.

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


May 27, 2014

I am writing to provide you with an update on the negotiations with Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE) Local 3912, which have been ongoing since April 2013. CUPE, Local 3912 represents part-time faculty teaching at the University on a contract basis.

I’m pleased to let you know that both CUPE members and the University’s Board of Governors have voted to approved the tentative agreement negotiated in March. I would like to thank both parties for the efforts to reach a settlement that will serve the interests of both parties.

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

2013

December 19, 2013

I am writing to provide you with an update on negotiations with Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE), Local 3912, which have been ongoing since April 2013. CUPE, Local 3912 represents part-time faculty teaching at the University on a contract basis.

During its meeting on November 27th, the University was informed by the CUPE bargaining team that they will be filing for conciliation. Although the parties have resolved a number issues, many still remain unresolved. The University is hopeful the addition of a conciliator will allow for a more expeditious resolution.

As you know, filing for conciliation does not mean that a work stoppage is imminent. There remain several steps in the process to go through and the University is confident that we will be able to reach a settlement with the assistance of a conciliator. You can visit http://www.gov.ns.ca/lae/conciliation/conciliation.asp to learn more about the role of a conciliator.

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


January 21, 2013

I am writing to provide you with an update on the negotiations with NSGEU Local 81. Last week, the two teams met with the provincially-appointed conciliator. Following two days of discussions, I am pleased to inform you that we have reached a tentative agreement. NSGEU will be recommending the agreement to its members and bringing it forward for a vote in the near future. The University’s bargaining team will also be recommending the agreement to the Board of Governors. Both teams and the Conciliator worked together to reach a settlement that would serve the interest of the NSGEU members and the University.

I will update you once we have the results of the NSGEU vote. In the meantime, if you have any questions please do not hesitate to contact me.

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


January 18, 2013

I am writing to provide you with an update on the negotiations with the Faculty Association. I’m pleased to let you know that this month, both the members of the Faculty Association and the University’s Board of Governors have voted to approved the tentative agreement negotiated in December. I would like to thank both parties for the efforts to reach a settlement that will serve the interestes of both parties. Formal signing is scheduled to occur within the coming week..

In the meantime, if you have any questions please do not hesitate to contact me.

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