Knowing & Using Your Collective Agreement

The Collective Agreement is central to work life on campus at the University of Manitoba. It governs the numerous tasks and workloads carried out by professors, academic librarians, and instructors who make UofM happen on a daily basis.

The Collective Agreement serves as the best possible tool to keep things running as they should and administrators accountable. It is therefore critical that all Members understand the Collective Agreement in full.

Knowing and Using Your Collective Agreement was developed to bring clarity to some of the more confusing aspects of the CA. Each section of Knowing and Using Your Collective Agreement lays out the groundwork and the practical takeaways that are important for Members to understand so they can continue to maintain the principles that we’ve fought for through collective bargaining and strike action.

When in doubt, however, the language in the CA takes precedence over the descriptions included here. If you have questions or concerns, contact the UMFA office at 204-474-8272 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

 Article 10: Retirement and Reduced Appointments

Article 18: Hiring of Members

Articles 19 and 20: Tenure and Promotion Recommendation Information for Recent Applicants

Article 32: Grievance Procedure and Arbitration

Section 19.B.1.8 (meetings concerning discipline or investigations)

Workload Provisions

Rising Tuition: Implications for Access and Career Choice for Manitoba Students

The vast majority of the literature reviewed concludes that increasing tuition fees has a negative impact on enrollment rates for low income students and can impact career choice, diverting students from ‘public interest’ careers that may have lower salaries but address more pressing social needs. The significance of this is that while on the one hand universities help to produce the wherewithal of modern industry and culture, they also create the conditions for an ongoing critique of their own creation. Increasing tuition fees will likely force more and more of our students to seek positions/jobs with those who can and will pay them enough to cover the escalating costs of their education. The diverting of more and more of our resources to private sector, for-profit enterprises will in turn have an effect on the role of social and economic critic so essential to the university system and civil society in general. Examples of potential direct effects include fewer family physicians and more less necessary physician specialists, more corporate lawyers and accountants protecting the freedom to pollute and evade taxes and fewer environmental/labour/public interest lawyers and accountants providing independent expertise on these issues.

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University of Manitoba agrees to apologize, pay maximum fine as per Labour Board ruling on Unfair Labour Practice

As you know, in January the Manitoba Labour Board found that the administration committed an Unfair Labour Practice during our 2016 round of bargaining. We recently asked President Barnard to apologize, and pay the maximum amount of damages ordered by the Labour Board as a way to help heal some wounds that the ULP created.

I am very pleased to announce that the Administration has decided to pay the maximum fine and issue an apology to the Association and all of you as directed by the Labour Board.

In secret talks with the University administration, the Pallister government imposed a one year deal with a 0% salary increase. At the direction of government, the administration kept this information from us for weeks, revealing it only a few days before the strike deadline.

Agreeing to pay the maximum fine of $2,000 per member and $2,000 to UMFA is a positive step in helping us move forward in rebuilding our relationship with administration.

In terms of concrete steps, we believe the administration will be paying out the fines as soon as possible. Each member will receive the $2,000 whether they participated in strike action or not. It is to the understanding of both the administration and UMFA that damages are not compensation and thus are not taxable. However, they will be looking into this, if it turns out that the amounts are taxable, the relevant deductions will come from a future pay period as required. We will keep you informed about this information as it becomes available.

Janet Morrill
UMFA President