Represents academic staff, including teachers, teachers and professional librarians. A Carleton University faculty association says its members voted for a 73 percent strike – the recent development of an ongoing and tense negotiation process with the school`s management. The overall objective of this agreement is to establish an orderly collective relationship between the employer and the workers represented by the Union, to ensure the peaceful settlement of disputes and to establish agreements on wage rates and other working conditions. The Federation`s most recent collective agreement with Carleton expired more than a year ago. The two sides began negotiations on a new contract in August and have since spent more than 25 negotiating sessions. Disputes arose over issues such as wages, pay equity, pensions and benefits, including additional coverage during parental leave. READ MORE: Carleton University reached tentative agreement on ending the strike Union representatives began sounding the alarm earlier this month after the university administration announced that it had asked the Ontario Ministry of Labour for a conciliator. In an article published May 2 on the Faculty Association`s website, the Carletons Association called Carleton`s initiative a “delay in the negotiation process” and, based on the university`s behaviour to date, the union had “reason to believe” that the school was “preparing for an unnecessary lockout.” Representatives of the Faculty Association and Carleton last met earlier this week and have four other meetings at the negotiating table from May 26 to 29, assisted by a mutually agreed arbitrator. Reid said Carleton withdrew his original request for conciliation as a result of the conciliation process.
The school also said it had repeatedly approached the faculty association to suggest that a mediator be included in the image, but the union never reacted. On May 9, the union asked Carleton to mediate, which the university accepted. Despite this, the faculty association voted on strike. The parties recognize that the university`s goal is to achieve the highest possible standards of academic excellence in research and knowledge dissemination, primarily through teaching, science/research and community service. The parties agree to cooperate in the promotion and improvement of the university and to promote a climate of freedom, responsibility and mutual respect in the pursuit of these goals. The purpose of the collective agreement is to promote and continue the harmonious relationships existing within the university community and to create an amicable way to resolve disputes that may arise from time to time between employers and workers in the collective agreement unit. A renewed collective agreement between Carleton University and the Carleton University Academic Staff Association (CUASA) was signed by both parties on February 7, 2019. Carleton argued that it would be helpful for both parties to obtain a provincial negotiator, since time has been spent at the negotiating table so far. Without explicitly pointing the finger at the union, the university insisted in a may 8 statement that “increasing the possibility of a lockout, if any, unnecessarily increases tension.” The overall objective of this agreement is to establish an orderly tariff relationship between Carleton University (hereafter referred to as the employer) and its later workers, represented under this agreement by the Public Services Alliance of Canada (`Union`), to promote operational effectiveness, establish dispute resolution mechanisms and reach an agreement on the reception standards for postdoctoral fellows whose employment falls within the scope of this bargaining unit.