University, BUFA bargaining update

The Parties have jointly agreed to continue their bargaining discussions and apply to the Ontario Ministry of Labour for pre-conciliation mediation. This voluntary process will result in the appointment of a mediator whose role will be to assist the Parties to arrive at feasible solutions in their bargaining discussions.

The Collective Agreement (the Agreement) between the University and BUFA (July 1, 2011 – June 30, 2014) describes that the Agreement “shall remain in full force and effect after its expiry date until a new Agreement has been reached, or until the conciliation process prescribed by the Ontario Labour Relations Act has been completed….”.

The joint agreement of the Parties respecting a pre-conciliation mediation process is a voluntary step before the process of conciliation mentioned above.