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Librarians & Archivists: Bargaining Bulletin Vol. 6, No. 15

July 18th, 2023


Much appreciation to everyone who attended the information session yesterday (either in person or online) and for all of your feedback. Your engagement with and support for the Negotiating Team is invaluable in helping us to effectively advocate for a fair and equitable agreement. 

The three bargaining sessions this week are the last ones we have scheduled before we will take a break for the summer. 

 In yesterday’s session the Parties signed off on three articles (please note that there is a separate “Articles Signed Off” folder in Sync):

  • Biennial Report and Review (no longer annual) 

  • Education Leave – acceptance of Leave paid at 100% of salary

  • Income Security 

 UWOFA returned two articles and one LOU:

  • Pregnancy and Parental/Adoption Leave – ready for sign-off

  • Promotion and Continuing Appointment – the Parties continue to move toward agreement regarding meetings for Probationary Members

  • LOU (NEW) – Promotion of Members with Continuing Appointment at Assistant Rank

    • We are proposing to streamline this process for the 12 members of the Bargaining Unit impacted

    • Members can choose to be considered for promotion to the Associate Rank according to the existing process followed for external appointments, following particular timelines set out in the LOU 

    • UWOFA asserts that these are long-serving Members whose performance and achievements can be readily and fairly assessed through a streamlined process. The Employer needs to take responsibility for creating a robust and supportive career development system.

UWOFA informed the Employer that we don’t have a mandate to accept the current monetary options on the table, particularly in the context of a 4-year deal. We are formulating our response to the Employer’s Compensation and Benefits proposal presented last week, and expect to be able to return this today.