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.