Halifax, NS –
Dalhousie University and its faculty need to do some more work before creating a new labor contract.
With the help of compromise both parties were close to an agreement, but the company’s board of directors did not accept the full recommendations and decided not to agree on changes to the educational leave for instructors.
The DFA accepted all the recommendations of the December 16 report, according to the Dalhousie Faculty Association news release.
“To our surprise and disappointment, the Dalhousie Governing Body has rejected the report of the Conciliation Board,” DFA Chairman Dr David Westwood said in a statement. “The DFA leadership believes that the recommendations in the report are reasonable and not in favor of one party over the other. We do not see any reason why the recommendations should not form the basis of a new collective agreement. Initially, both parties agreed to this process as a means of resolving differences.”
Both sides have pledged no strike or lock-up until a meeting between the respective negotiating groups is convened by compromise Peter Lloyd.
In a news release on its website, Dalhousie announced that negotiations would resume in the new year on a two-year deal.
“The final two items, the pay rise and the changes in tuition leave for instructors, were put to the Compromise Board for review and recommendation,” HR Assistant Vice President Jasmine Walsh said in an email. “The Dalhousie Board has agreed to accept the Compromise Board’s recommendation for pay, but has not accepted the recommendations regarding academic leave.
“The parties will meet to resolve the remaining issue with the help of a government-appointed mediator, and we hope that a solution will be reached by the beginning of the new year.”
The Dalhousie Teachers Association represents 950 professors, instructors, librarians and professional advisers at the University of Dalhousie.