2016 UMFA Bargaining Updates
November 20, 2016: The University of Manitoba and UMFA have reached an agreement and classes resume November 22, as detailed in UM Today.

November 18, 2016: Conciliation between U of M and UMFA continued throughout the weekend.

November 17, 2016: The U of M published a comparison of key issues from the most recent U of M and UMFA proposals, which can be read on the Strike Facts page.

November 14, 2016: The University of Manitoba published the November 14 Comprehensive Settlement Proposal, along with FAQs for faculty members regarding the vote to either approve or decline the offer.

November 13, 2016: Conciliation between the U of M and UMFA came to an unsuccessful end. The University immediately called on the UMFA negotiating team to take the U of M offer to UMFA members for a ratification vote before November 16, in an effort to minimize any further disruption to students’ academic schedules. See UM Today.

November 12, 2016: Negotiating teams for the U of M and UMFA met with a provincially-appointed conciliator over the weekend.

November 7, 2016: The University of Manitoba published the Comprehensive Settlement Proposal.

November 6, 2016: The University of Manitoba presented UMFA with a comprehensive settlement proposal. UMFA indicated that it will review the proposal and respond on November 7. UMFA remains on strike and all strike information, including FAQs, can be found at umanitoba.ca/strikeinfo

November 2, 2016: The U of M and UMFA returned to negotiations today with the help of a conciliator. The two parties will resume conciliation tomorrow.

October 31, 2016: The U of M welcomes the appointment of Dennis Harrison as Conciliation Officer to assist in breaking the impasse with the UMFA, as reported in UM Today.

October 31, 2016: The University of Manitoba is disappointed UMFA rejected the university's counter proposal. The U of M is now seeking conciliation in an effort to prevent a strike and reach a settlement. See UM Today.

October 30, 2016: The University of Manitoba and UMFA have reached an impasse in mediation. Further details to follow. Students, staff and faculty are encouraged to visit umanitoba.ca/strikeinfo for more information.

October 28, 2016: After one day of productive mediation, the University of Manitoba and UMFA have agreed to communicate jointly to the University community about a dramatic recent development in our ongoing efforts to negotiate a new collective agreement. Read the joint message on UM Today.

October 25, 2016: In a show of good faith, the University of Manitoba agreed to a mediator of UMFA’s choosing, Mr. Larry Steinberg from Toronto, Ontario. The U of M is pleased to accept UMFA’s recommendation, and appreciates the fact that Mr. Steinberg comes with considerable experience working with a number of Ontario universities. Read full story on UM Today.

October 25, 2016: The meeting schedule has been updated, which includes a total of 32 meetings. From October 27 - 30, meetings will include third-party assistance from a mediator. See list of dates.

October 21, 2016: The University of Manitoba and UMFA will seek assistance from a third party to help bring negotiations to a positive and timely conclusion. The university's goal remains to reach a settlement without labour action. Read full story on UM Today.

October 14, 2016: Of the 1,241 UMFA members, which includes professors, instructors and librarians, 666 voted to support a strike mandate. Details to follow.

October 11, 2016: The Winnipeg Free Press highlights the U of M offer and UMFA proposals. See full article as a PDF or link.

October 8, 2016: The full text of the University of Manitoba’s Comprehensive Settlement Proposal is now available.  The Proposal contains an overview of all 43 issues discussed during the round of bargaining, a description of the University’s proposal on how to resolve each issue, as well as specific collective agreement text outlining how each resolution might be implemented. The full comprehensive settlement proposal is the exact same version as presented to UMFA, with no additional subjective commentary. See UM Today article.

September 30, 2016: UMFA asked the University of Manitoba not to post the full text of the University’s offer of settlement on its website. With the intent of supporting positive future negotiations at the bargaining table, the University will not be posting the full text at this time. The University remains committed to being as transparent as possible regarding the bargaining process. Meetings have been scheduled for October, see dates here.

September 28, 2016: The University of Manitoba released highlights of the Comprehensive Settlement Proposal. With the offer, the U of M will increase compensation; improve salaries in relation to the U15 group of universities; enhance collegial processes regarding the assignment of teaching, performance reviews, promotion and tenure; maintain job security; and, improve benefits. Read the complete article.

September 13, 2016: The U of M presented UMFA with a comprehensive offer of settlement, to help bring the negotiation of a revised collective agreement to a conclusion.

September 2, 2016: The UM Today news team spoke with the university's chief negotiator Gregory Juliano, Associate Vice-President, Human Resources. Read the bargaining Q&A on UM Today.

September 1, 2016: The bargaining meeting schedule has been updated to include meeting dates until the end of September. See the complete schedule.

August 4, 2016: The U of M and UMFA bargaining teams have met 17 times since May 2016 to introduce, review and discuss various topics toward reaching a new collective agreement. Discussions have included the issues of salaries, compensation model and benefits, collective agreement duration, and overall budget allocations in relation to the U of M's strategic plan Taking Our Place. Read the complete article on UM Today.

June 14, 2016: The U of M bargaining team has developed a comprehensive schedule of topics to be discussed as part of collective bargaining through the first week of August. Bargaining principles have also been established to guide discussions. For more details, read the complete article on UM Today.

June 7, 2016: The University of Manitoba's bargaining team welcomes new member, Diane Hiebert-Murphy, Associate Dean, Faculty of Graduate Studies. For a list of all bargaining team members, see the bargaining team webpage.

May 31, 2016: The University would like to communicate other funding that will continue beyond the expiration of the 2013-2016 Collective Agreement. Maternity and parental leave top-ups will continue, as well as all group benefits at current levels, such as extended medical insurance, health care spending account, dental and Employee and Family Assistance Plan (EFAP). For more details, read the complete article on UM Today. 

May 24, 2016: Since collective bargaining can be a lengthy process, the University will make it possible for faculty members to continue to access and spend travel and expense funds beyond the expiration of the 2013-2016 Collective Agreement. Although there is currently no provision for the 2016-2017 year, the University will permit faculty members to continue to access funds in the same amount as the previous year - $1,012 per member if not probationary, and $1,148 per member if probationary. This amount may be adjusted at a later time, pending the outcome of bargaining.

May 17, 2016: UMFA and the U of M have set 27 meetings from May 25 to September 1, 2016. For exact dates, visit the bargaining teams webpage.

March 31, 2016: UMFA's 2013 - 2016 Collective Agreement expired.

April 20, 2016:  UMFA and the University of Manitoba, after a number of preliminary discussions aimed at achieving an expedited resolution, have determined that full-scale bargaining will commence in May. Read about the University's expedited offer on UM Today.

February 11, 2016: With UMFA bargaining set to begin, UM Today sat down with associate vice-president (human resources) and bargaining team chief negotiator Greg Juliano to discuss the labour picture at the University and to outline what to expect over the next several months. See the article UMFA Bargaining Q & A on UM Today.

February 11, 2016: The University of Manitoba Faculty Association (UMFA) and the University of Manitoba officially entered into their bargaining period on Jan. 28. UMFA represents 1,250 full-time professors, lecturers, instructors, and academic librarians. UMFA’s collective agreement expires Mar. 31, 2016. See UM Today Article.

September 2015: Collective Agreement Ratified (April 1, 2013 to March 31, 2016)