York University Faculty Association Collective Agreement
To ensure representation, our executive committee, our negotiating team and some committees must elect members of each unit. The vote on whether we are prepared to strike, who will join our negotiating team and whether we are prepared to accept and ratify a treaty during collective bargaining, is still being done as a unit. There are differences between the three agreements – for example, group 3 members are entitled to the same type of health care as other members, but are not reimbursed in the same way. There are many other differences – pay rates, summer work guarantees, available financing, etc. For more details, see the collective agreements (the links above). We believe that advertising for 160 new faculty positions is very positive news for York. It reflects the university`s strong commitment over the next few years to fill, as far as possible, the long-term gaps in supplements in available resources. At the same time, during several rounds of negotiations, the university consistently stated that it was not prepared to accept a complementary formal guarantee in the collective agreement. It is important to note that the location of financial planning is within the faculties and we do not agree to reduce faculty autonomy in the development of complementary faculty plans, particularly in light of the uncertainties that higher education currently faces. We also made it clear that we would not endorse YUFA`s proposal to limit open and collegial research by introducing a Tenure Stream conversion program for limited contractual time frames. The negotiating teams had discussions and exchanges on a wide range of issues and reached an interim agreement on 9 points and several budgetary issues. The employer has submitted several proposals, including: the parties have already approved several important points that build on our shared commitments on social justice, justice, diversity and inclusion, as outlined in the latest updates. These include agreements on an equal pay exercise and an Aboriginal hiring program.
Today, we presented several proposals to help the parties move to a renewed collective agreement with the help of third parties. They are: On Monday, September 5 and Tuesday, September 6, the University of York and the York University Faculty Association (YUFA) negotiating teams set up their discussions on how to work on a collective renewal agreement. The university is pleased to have reached a consensus with YUFA on two important points. The negotiation teams of York University and YUFA met twice this week, with the support of a mutually agreed mediator, to help both sides secure a collective renewal agreement. Last night, YUFA concluded its vote to ratify a collective renewal agreement with York University. We are pleased to inform you that membership has ratified a new three-year collective agreement. The employer team also proposed an inter-surface wage increase (ATB) each year from a three-year renewal contract.