Mediation scheduled in University negotiations with faculty association
Mediation talks have been scheduled for Feb. 29 and March 1 in the contract negotiations between Wilfrid Laurier University and the Wilfrid Laurier University Faculty Association (WLUFA).
The No Board report requested by WLUFA is expected to be issued Feb. 15, which means the faculty union will be in a legal strike position 17 days later, at 12:01 a.m. on March 3. The No Board report is a government document that is frequently requested in contract negotiations and often prompts mediation and an eventual settlement.
The University is eager to continue talks with WLUFA and is working hard to reach a settlement that is in the best interests of students and the institution without job action.
If WLUFA does call a strike, the University will do everything possible to minimize the disruption to students. The University will also do everything necessary to keep students informed about attending classes, submitting assignments and other key issues.
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 late January/early February 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
For the latest information on negotiations, you can visit the Labour Update website at bit.ly/yVtQ4l and the Laurier negotiations blog at http://bit.ly/yh835T.