Compensation for College of Manitoba College Union: Province Appeals

In February, Judge Joan McKelvey of the Queen’s Court ruled that the Manitoba government had interfered in negotiations between the University of Manitoba and theA FANthus violating the rights of the union charter.

The government’s attitude led to a 21-day teachers’ strike.

In February, the union explained that this compensation would be for 16 million employees to compensate for lost wages. The remainder, nearly $3 million, is intended to cover costs associated with the 2016 strike.

In a press release, theA FAN confirms that the appeal was filed on Wednesday. Union President Orvie Dingwall does not understand this decision.

It is disheartening to see that the government chose to appeal this decision and prolong the era of interference in collective bargaining and the University of Manitoba. »

a quote from Orvie Dingwall, President of the University of Manitoba Faculty Association (UMFA)

Secret conversations about salary freeze

The 2016 teachers’ strike ended when union members reluctantly agreed to a one-year pay freeze (file).

Photo: Radio-Canada

Orvie Dingwall says the government’s appeal came two days after a legislative committee began hearings on repealing the pay freeze law.

Unprecedented constitutional issues and appeals warrant further consideration , said a spokesman for the province. He declined to comment further.

The government has 45 days to present all of its arguments and evidence, after which theA FANrepresenting 1,265 full-time teachers, instructors, and librarians, will present its response.

Before the strike, it appeared that a long negotiation process had taken place. After nine months of negotiation, the University proposed to theA FAN a four-year contract that would result in a 17.5% salary increase over that period.

The University administration was forced to withdraw this proposal from the table after secret communications between government officials.

According to court documents, the province, under then-Prime Minister Brian Pallister, formed a public sector compensation committee, made up of ministers and others. The committee developed a 0% salary freeze policy for one year and informed the University of Manitoba chief negotiator that this was non-negotiable.

The committee then instructed the University not to release the provincial guideline during discussions with the union and informed them that failure to comply with this guideline would result in financial repercussions.

The University therefore offered the faculty association a modified proposal that included a one-year salary freeze. This triggered the strike, which only ended when the union reluctantly agreed three weeks later.

The University administration apologized in May 2018 and agreed to pay each member of theA FAN and the union an amount of $2,000 in compensation.

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