University statement on conciliation meeting

UPEI Labour

The University of Prince Edward Island is disappointed that the Faculty Association did not show up for a meeting as organized by the conciliator appointed by the Department of Justice and Public Safety.

The University remains confident that both parties can resolve outstanding issues with the assistance of a third-party independent conciliator and conclude an agreement by June 30, 2016 when the Faculty Association collective agreement expires.

UPEI is very focused on negotiating a collective agreement and is ready and waiting for the Faculty Association to return to the table. The University’s negotiating team has prepared new proposals and is ready to share them with the Faculty Association.

In addition, regarding the Faculty Association asserting in a news release today “that the assigned dates played into the Employer’s summer lockout agenda,” the University wants to be clear that there is no plan, and there never has been a plan to lock out faculty. The University will not lock out faculty and staff. The University hopes that the Faculty Association will return to the negotiating table and also commit to not striking.

The University remains steadfast in its belief that labour disruption is of no benefit to UPEI or, most importantly, to students, and for this reason is committed to arriving at a deal by June 30.