UNB Labour Relations

As of Jan. 30, 2014, UNB and the AUNBT have reached an agreement to recommend suspension of the strike/lockout.  This comes as a result of reaching a tentative agreement on the key issues related to wages.

Details about the resumption of classes and other services will be addressed as they become available. In the interim, the university wants to assure students and community members that we will make every effort to keep you informed during the process. Please refer to this site for updates.


Updates:

Back-to-Work Protocol

Back-to-Work Protocol between Association of University of New Brunswick Teachers Group 1 [AUNBT] and the University of New Brunswick [Employer]

Whereas negotiators for AUNBT and the Employer [the Parties] have agreed to end their current labour dispute and the Parties wish to promote a coherent and effective resumption of normal UNB operations, the Parties agree as follows. 

  1. liImmediately on ratification of the tentative collective agreement by the Members of AUNBT’s full-time bargaining unit and by the Employer, AUNBT will declare an end to its strike and the Employer will declare an end to its lockout.
  2. Notwithstanding paragraph 1, the Parties have agreed that the AUNBT will suspend its strike and the Employer will suspend its lockout effective 12:01 am Saturday, February 1st. To assist with the early resumption of work:
    1. AUNBT will stand down its picket lines effective immediately.
    2. The Employer will grant Members access to their offices effective immediately.
    3. The Employer will grant Members access to electronic services as soon as they can for the particular service.
    4. Salary and benefits will resume effective February 1st.
    5. Members will make themselves available as usual for student consultation, course preparation, Senate deliberations, departmental planning and other work necessary to complete the academic term.
    6. Regularly scheduled classes will resume on Monday, February 3, 2014.
  3. Notwithstanding paragraph 2, this protocol agreement becomes void unless AUNBT and the Employer have ratified the tentative collective agreement by 28 February 2014.
  4. The Employer, its officers, members, directors, employees or representatives will not pursue any legal action or proceeding for any action or statement in relation to the labour dispute between the Parties made by AUNBT, its officers, employees, representatives or Members in either bargaining unit up to the time of signing this protocol agreement.
  5. AUNBT will not pursue any legal action or proceeding for any action or statement in relation to the labour dispute between the Parties made by any member of the Employer, its officers, employees or representatives up to the time of signing this protocol agreement.
  6. The Employer agrees that no disciplinary or retaliatory action shall be taken against Members who were on legal strike for any statement or action during the period when they were on strike. The Employer further agrees that no disciplinary measure shall be taken against Members and the AUNBT agrees that no grievances shall be made for breaches of any UNB policy or regulation arising from reasonable alteration of class schedules, course outlines, exams and tests or for other attempts by Members or the Employer to facilitate completion of the academic term.
  7. The Employer will cause to be destroyed immediately all images in its possession or control of Members engaged in strike action and will inform AUNBT after this has been done. The Employer will request the AFIMAC contractors to destroy all images in AFIMAC’s possession or control of Members engaged in strike action and the Employer will receive written confirmation from AFIMAC and inform AUNBT after the Employer has received it.
  8. AUNBT dues deducted from any salary received by members of the bargaining unit during the period of the strike shall be remitted to the Faculty Association by the employer.
  9. Members on leave whose leave was interrupted by strike participation shall have salary and other employment benefits restarted forthwith on the signing of this protocol agreement.
  10. Travel expenditures and other expense claims approved before the strike/lockout will be honoured and Members will be reimbursed on the usual basis. Travel expenditures and other expense claims incurred during the strike/lockout that would otherwise qualify for reimbursement will be reimbursed on the usual basis.
  11. Expenditures from externally-funded research grants claimed and approved before the strike/lockout will be honoured and Members will be reimbursed on the usual basis. Expenditures from externally-funded research grants incurred during the strike/lockout that would otherwise qualify for reimbursement will be reimbursed on the usual basis.
  12. The period of the strike/lockout will be considered as continuous full-time service at UNB for purposes of benefits under the Collective Agreement. Time on strike/lockout will be considered service for purposes of calculating the retirement allowance. Participation restarts on the first paid day of work following the suspension of the strike/lockout. This paragraph does not address the question of continuous service for pension purposes.
  13. All assessments and all applications for promotion, tenure and appeal within the 2013-14 academic year shall continue under the 2009-2013 Collective Agreement between the Parties. All deadlines, including grievance deadlines and deadlines related to assessment, promotion, tenure and applications for sabbatical, under the collective agreement that have been affected by the strike/lockout shall be extended by 15 working days or to such further time as the Parties shall agree hereafter.
  14. The Parties agree to the following regarding communications prior to full ratification of the new collective agreement.
    1. They will post on their public websites or communicate to other public media no new information about the labour dispute except as noted below or as agreed between them.
    2. They may post on their public websites copies of the new collective agreement and factual summaries.
    3. They may post on their public websites or communicate to other public media communications announcing their tentative agreement to the new collective agreement, positive recommendation for ratification, the ratification process and resumption of normal campus access and employment relations.
    4. AUNBT may communicate with Members on its password-protected website.
  15. Any re-arrangement of dates in the Academic term will be determined by the Senates. Should the re-arrangement involve adding new teaching days, the Employer will make every reasonable effort (and subject to restrictions in other collective agreements) to continue providing the services of Teaching Assistants in any course where they were provided prior to the strike/lockout.
  16. All back-pay due to Members under the new Collective Agreement shall be paid not later than four (4) pay periods after the date of the “triangulation” agreement and the Professional Development Allowance/Market Differential amounts from 1July 2013 shall be adjusted accordingly.
  17. Any library material, which became due during the strike/lock-out, shall become due on February 14th, 2014.
  18. Student Opinion Surveys (“SOS”) administered for the Winter 2014 term shall include a disclaimer on the SOS results, which states: “This Student Opinion Survey was completed during an academic term which was interrupted by a 3 week strike/lock-out.”