University eager to reach settlement with WLUFA
After three days of intense conciliation this week, the Wilfrid Laurier University Faculty Association (WLUFA) has asked the Ontario Ministry of Labour for a No Board report in its contract negotiations with the University.
The University is eager to continue talking and is working hard to reach a settlement that is in the best interests of students and the institution without job action. Mediation will be scheduled as soon as possible.
The University and WLUFA have met more than 20 times since the start of negotiations in mid-2011. They also met with a provincially-appointed conciliator five times in the past two weeks and made progress on a number of items.
Key issues remaining include:
Pensions: Laurierís pension challenges are real. The current pension plan design is simply not sustainable. Settlements at other universities reflect pension adjustments. Please see: Recently Negotiated Changes to Ontario University Pension Contribution Rates
Financial Challenges: The University is facing significant financial challenges, but it is managing those challenges well. The uncertainty of funding and the provincial economy remain a constant concern. Settlements at other universities reflect the kinds of compensation increases that are consistent with these financial challenges. Please see: Faculty Bargaining Compensation Settlement Summary
The No Board report requested by WLUFA is a formal document. Seventeen days after it is issued the faculty association is legally allowed to strike. A No Board report is frequently requested in contract negotiations and often prompts mediation and an eventual settlement.
If WLUFA does call a strike the University will do everything possible to minimize the disruption to students. The University will also provide regular updates to students about attending classes, submitting assignments and other key issues.
For the latest information on negotiations, you can visit the Labour Update website at bit.ly/yVtQ4l.