On March 11, the university’s negotiating team and the DFA reached a tentative collective agreement. The reason it is called a tentative agreement is because there are additional steps that need to be taken before the agreement comes into effect.

The DFA bargaining team will now bring the agreement to their Executive, who will ask their members for ratification.

If the DFA members vote to accept the agreement, it is considered ratified by the DFA.

The Board of Governors also has to vote on whether or not to accept the tentative agreement on behalf of the university. If the Board votes to accept the agreement, it is considered ratified by the Board.

If either party votes to not accept the tentative agreement, both parties will resume bargaining talks.

Once the tentative agreement is ratified by both parties, they will sign the agreement and it will come into effect as the new collective agreement.