2017 UMFA Bargaining Updates
September 8, 2017: The University of Manitoba Faculty Association ratified the four-year collective agreement that will remain in place until March 31, 2021.

August 31, 2017: The University of Manitoba and the University of Manitoba Faculty Association successfully reached a tentative, four-year collective agreement. More information will be shared on UM Today once it becomes available.

August 23, 2017: The bargaining teams have met August 22 and 23; U of M chief negotiator confirms goal of reaching an agreement before classes resume in September.

August 11, 2017: The bargaining teams meet to continue their negotiations.

August 4, 2017: Today, the University of Manitoba and UMFA met as part of their joint commitment to an expedited bargaining process. Discussions are positive and the teams have agreed to meet the week of August 7.

July 31, 2017: U of M chief negotiator reports that progress has been made and remains hopeful that a settlement can be reached in a timely fashion. Next meeting is August 4.

July 21, 2017: U of M and UMFA agree to attempt expedited bargaining process. Next bargaining meeting is July 28.

July 21, 2017: U of M and UMFA officially enter bargaining period.

July 5, 2017: University letter requests bargaining meetings be scheduled and a response to the request for an expedited process.

July 4, 2017: A coalition of unions, including UMFA, file a court challenge against Bill 28.  No hearing dates are set.

July 4, 2017: UMSU writes to University and UMFA expressing concern about lack of progress.

June 20, 2017: President Barnard replies to the May 30 letter, providing accurate University-confirmed data, and suggesting a meeting.

June 15, 2017:
Labour Board hearings relating to the previous round of bargaining end.  UMFA seeks remedies which would determine compensation in the current round.  Labour Board reserves its decision, which will not be released for a number of months.

June 7, 2017: UMFA letter confirms consultations are ongoing.  UMFA is willing to book bargaining dates beginning at the end of July.  No response is given to the request for expedited process.

June 2, 2017: Bill 28 is passed into law, but not proclaimed in force.

May 30, 2017: UMFA letter to President Barnard regarding the budget and Bill 28.

May 23, 2017: Formal letter to UMFA asking for a response, and repeating request for an expedited process.

May 12, 2017: University agrees to voluntarily extend funding for travel and expense funds, benefits, and maternity leave top-ups; despite the expiry of the collective agreement.

April 4, 2017: University convenes meeting with all unions to discuss the impact of Bill 28.

April to May 2017: Series of in-person and telephone follow-ups with UMFA asking for a response to the request for an expedited process.

March 20, 2017: Government introduces Bill 28, the Public Services Sustainability Act, which prescribes compensation during a four year “sustainability period”.

February 28, 2017: Initial bargaining meeting held to discuss procedural matters. University repeats request for an expedited process.  UMFA says it must consult with members; will do so by end of March or early April.

February 15, 2017: UMFA accepts the request for an initial meeting.

January 30, 2017: University proposes an expedited process, and requests an initial meeting.  University gives notice that agreement will terminate March 31, 2018.

January 27, 2017: UMFA issues notice to bargain.

November 22, 2016: Strike ends, classes resume.