Board Negotiating Team Update, February 22, 2021

February 22, 2021 

The Board Negotiating Team met with the ULFA Negotiating Team on February 22, 2021 to respond to each other with respect to areas discussed at our meeting of February 8th and to begin review of some additional proposals, explaining the rationale for the changes that were proposed by the respective Parties.

As noted in previous posts, both Parties are committed to ensuring that the Academic Staff Collective Agreement (ASCA) respects and fosters Equity Diversity and Inclusion (EDI) considerations in its language and implementation. Currently, Schedule R in the ASCA has been a vehicle for addressing EDI matters, through the creation of a Joint Equity Committee with ULFA and Board representatives as its members. The Parties seek to integrate Schedule R as an Article within the ASCA and situate this within the institutional EDI framework.

Schedule E of the ASCA deals with Professional Activities Reports (PAR). The current format of the PAR has numerous shortcomings that the Parties seek to address with improved language. ULFA reviewed their initial proposal with respect to Schedule E on February 8th, and the Board Team responded to that proposal on February 22nd. Common themes in both proposals indicate that this discussion is proceeding well.

ULFA’s proposal with respect to Schedule B, Economic Benefits, was reviewed, highlighting benefit areas where ULFA seeks information on costing of several items. The Board Team will be seeking this information from benefit carriers, and will respond to ULFA’s request when it is available.

The Parties concluded the meeting with a review of an Article 19 proposal presented by ULFA (Probation and Tenure), which finished the discussion around procedures for probationary reviews, tenure and promotion. The Board Team reviewed its proposal with respect to modifications to the treatment of service activities of Members for purposes of career progression criteria.

This negotiation session lasted three hours, with each Party gaining improved understandings of respective positions.

The Negotiating Teams will next meet on March 8, 2021. At that time, it is hoped to make further progress on the matters that have been discussed to date, as well as to commence a review of some parts of Article 11 (Rights and Responsibilities), and Article 28 (Intellectual Property).