Yesterday, the faculty bargaining team invited the CEC to join us back to the table today and tomorrow (see attached letter) with no preconditions, and they have agreed to meet on Thursday. Both parties will meet on Thursday to attempt to reach a negotiated settlement prior to the strike deadline at 12.01am Friday, March 18. As we indicated in our invitation, if real progress is being made, then we are willing to extend the strike deadline.
Further to our update yesterday, and following additional consultation with our legal team, we have also included the memo from the Treasury Board to the CEC regarding our workload proposals (see attached). As we stated in our reply, it is clear that the CEC greatly misrepresents the Treasury Board’s views concerning the application of Bill 124 to our workload proposals. The Treasury Board never characterized our proposals as illegal. It is also clear that the information they provided to the Treasury Board does not accurately describe the application of the collective agreement provisions regulating workload and their effect on compensation.
We will keep you posted on further developments or changes.
In solidarity, JP, Jonathan, Katie, Michelle, Ravi, Rebecca, Shawn
Your CAATA Bargaining Team