In order to assist UPEI and the UPEI Faculty Association reach a collective agreement through the bargaining process, the University of Prince Edward Island today requested the appointment of a conciliator by the Minister of Justice and Public Safety. A conciliator acts as a neutral third party by helping both parties work towards a mutually satisfactory solution and a new collective agreement.
Earlier today the UPEIFA filed a complaint with the PEI Labour Relations Board claiming Unfair Labour Practice against the University. The UPEIFA has said that it will not return to the bargaining table until its complaint is resolved. The University will be contesting the complaint and says that it is making every reasonable effort to conclude a collective agreement. That is why it has sought the appointment of a conciliation officer today to assist the parties in that process. The University looks forward to appointment so as to resume collective bargaining.
The University of Prince Edward Island values faculty and wants to work together in the best interest of UPEI. The University is committed to negotiating a collective agreement at the table and looks forward to meeting and continuing negotiations.
The University issued notice to bargain to the Faculty Association January 7, 2016. UPEI shared an initial proposal for consideration during the first bargaining session February 4, 2016. Both sides have met a total of 10 times in 2016 to negotiate a new collective agreement.
Negotiations with IBEW 1928 continue on May 11, 12, 13 and CUPE 1870 has future dates set for May 3, 4 and June 13, 28.