In 2016, the University of Manitoba (UM) and the University of Manitoba Faculty Association (UMFA) established a joint committee to investigate possible sex-based salary differentials through a Memorandum of Understanding that makes up part of the current Collective Agreement. The joint committee seeks an external consultant to assist it with its work.
For more information, please see details here.
June 13, 2017
UMFA Members should have received an email this afternoon containing a link to the "UMFA Survey of Bargaining Priorities 2017". This is the final survey and is ready for you to provide your feedback on. Please do not forward your link to your colleagues, as they will not be able to access the survey via your unique link.
The survey will remain open until Wednesday, June 21. Your feedback is important, so please take some time to provide your comments on what you think the priorities should be for this round of negotiations.
Bill 28, the Public Services Sustainability Act is set to become law on June 1. This legislation will freeze the wages of 120,000 public-sector workers for two years and cap their pay for another two years. UMFA submitted a letter to the Standing Committee on Bill 28, which can be found here, and also appeared at the hearings on May 8.
Below is some recent media on the Act.
Union leaders threaten to fight Tory wage control bill in court
Winnipeg Free Press, May 8, 2017: http://www.winnipegfreepress.com/local/union-leaders-threaten-to-fight-tory-wage-control-bill-in-court-421691993.html
Pallister's steady campaign to provoke unions
Winnipeg Free Press, May 8, 2017: http://www.winnipegfreepress.com/local/pallisters-steady-campaign-to-provoke-unions-421581623.html
Manitoba unions make last effort to stop contentious labour bills
CBC, May 8, 2017: http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/manitoba/unions-pallister-bargaining-bills-1.4105825
In May, UMFA appeared at the Labour Board regarding the Unfair Labour Practice (ULP) filed against the University of Manitoba last fall. Hearings are expected to continue in June and October.
Media have been present at the hearings and have been publishing information about the proceedings. Here are some recent articles:
U of M's bargaining breached, labour board told
Winnipeg Sun, June 15, 2017 - http://www.winnipegsun.com/2017/06/14/u-of-ms-bargaining-breached-labour-board-told
Complaint was on negotiator`s mind, labour board told
Winnipeg Sun, May 5, 2017 - http://www.winnipegsun.com/2017/05/05/complaint-was-on-negotiators-mind-labour-board-told
Tories embarassed by U of M: official
Winnipeg Free Press, May 5, 2017 - http://www.winnipegfreepress.com/local/tories-embarrassed-by-u-of-m-official-421510983.html
U of M Pressured to Follow Tory Order
Winnipeg Sun, May 3, 2017 - http://www.winnipegsun.com/2017/05/03/u-of-m-pressured-to-follow-tory-order#
Province ordered U of M to get wage freeze... or else, labour board told
Winnipeg Free Press, May 3, 2017 - http://www.winnipegfreepress.com/local/province-ordered-u-of-m-to-get-wage-freeze-or-else-labour-board-told-421200373.html
U of M was threatened with funding cuts unless it froze wages, Manitoba Labour Board hears
CBC, May 3, 2017 - http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/manitoba/u-of-m-wage-freeze-faculty-labour-board-1.4098429
Labour Board hearing UMFA allegations of unfair labour practice
Winnipeg Free Press, May 2, 2017 - http://www.winnipegfreepress.com/local/labour-board-hearing-umfa-allegations-of-unfair-labour-practice-421083253.html
Acting in good faith or bargaining in bad faith? U of M, faculty go head to head before labour board
CBC, May 2, 2017 - http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/manitoba/university-manitoba-umfa-faculty-labour-dispute-strike-hearings-1.4094471