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Collective Bargaining

Concordia University of Edmonton (CUE) is a community of learning grounded in scholarship and academic freedom. Our objective is to prepare students to be independent thinkers, ethical leaders, and citizens for the common good, and we value all that is best in teaching, research, service, and administration. We value the contributions and expertise of our employees, and we are committed to doing what is best to support our vision of being recognized nationally and internationally for our graduates’ knowledge, skill, integrity, and wisdom.

What is collective bargaining?

Universities across Canada have collective agreements with their faculty, and collective bargaining is the process under which the negotiation of these collective agreement takes place. At CUE, our collective agreement is with the Concordia University College of Alberta Faculty Association (CUCAFA), which represents the interests of CUE’s probationary and permanent faculty members, professional librarians, laboratory instructors, and field placement coordinators.

The labour relations and collective bargaining of Alberta’s post-secondary institutions fall under the Labour Relations Code and Post-Secondary Learning Act.

The current collective agreement between CUE and CUCAFA expires on June 30, 2021. The first meeting between CUE and the CUCAFA to discuss a new agreement took place on May 20, 2021, commencing the bargaining period.

Bargaining Teams

The members of CUE’s bargaining team are:

  • Andreas Guelzow (Chief Negotiator) 
  • Patrick Kamau
  • Rizwan Kanji
  • Judy Kruse
  • Shannon Watson

The members of CUCAFA’s bargaining team are:

  • Dale Lindskog (Chief Negotiator)
  • Deborah Hemmerling
  • Alison Kulak
  • Glynis Price

Bargaining Updates

June 16, 2021
As was mentioned on June 4, 2021, the bargaining teams exchanged initial proposals. The initial “laundry list” of changes to the current collective agreement proposed by CUE is available here. The initial proposal sent to CUE by CUCAFA is available here.

June 4, 2021
The bargaining teams exchanged initial proposals. At the request of CUCAFA, CUE provided a “laundry list” of proposed changes to the current collective agreement, recognizing its value and the solid foundation it has provided since 2017. The bargaining teams are now preparing to engage in high-level discussions before exchanging more detailed proposals.

May 20, 2021
The first meeting between the parties took place, commencing the bargaining period.

April 20, 2021
CUCAFA provided formal notice to CUE on April 20 that it wished to begin negotiations of a new collective agreement for all all probationary and permanent faculty members, professional librarians, laboratory instructors, and field placement coordinators.

Frequently Asked Questions

What is a collective agreement?

A collective agreement is a written contract between an employer and union that contains the terms and conditions of employment (e.g. salary and benefits, responsibilities, etc.) that apply to all members of the group of employees represented by the union.

Is collective bargaining normal?

Yes. Engaging in collective bargaining regularly is a routine component of labour relations. CUE’s most recent collective agreement with the CUCAFA expires on June 30, 2021, and we are now engaging in collective bargaining to negotiate a new agreement.

How does collective bargaining begin?

To begin the collective bargaining process, at least one party must give notice. The parties then set up dates to exchange and negotiate proposals. CUE received notice from the CUCAFA on April 20, 2021, which began the current process.

As negotiations progress, will more information be shared?

Yes. CUE will provide updates to the university community throughout the collective bargaining process. Our updates will be factual and respectful of both the collective bargaining process, and our obligations and responsibilities under the Labour Relations Code and Post-Secondary Learning Act.

Who can I contact with questions related to collective bargaining?

For more information about collective bargaining, please contact collectivebargaining@concordia.ab.ca.