Dalhousie Faculty of Agriculture: Faculty Labour Relations Update

On September 17, Dalhousie’s labour counsel met by telephone with Labour Board Chair Tony Mozvik and counsel for the DFA and NSGEU.

They discussed the matters outstanding between Dalhousie and the Unions in the Labour Board application that Dalhousie filed. Dalhousie’s application asks that current members of the NSGEU EDC group be included in the DFA.

A small number of issues were identified as outstanding. The parties have agreed to meet on November 8 and 12, 2013 in an effort to reach a mediated resolution of these issues. We are hopeful that with the assistance of the Board Chair we will be able to work through these matters and merge the academic bargaining units at Dalhousie.

Current Negotiations Concluded

The contract negotiations are now concluded with the DFA and NSGEU Local 77. This website will return when we begin new contract discussions with our other unions.

Thank you for visiting and sharing your comments throughout the negotiations process.

NSGEU Local 77 Agreement Ratified

On March 21, the members of NSGEU Local 77 voted to ratify the tentative agreement, giving them a new three-year collective agreement. We’re pleased that the agreement was ratified.

Also, on March 22, the Board ratified both the NSGEU Local 77 and DFA agreements.

DFA agreement ratified

This afternoon, the Dalhousie Faculty Association announced that its members have voted to ratify the three-year collective agreement with Dal’s Board of Governors. We’re pleased that the agreement has been ratified and that the academic term will be able to proceed as planned.

Explanation of a Tentative Agreement

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.

Dalhousie University and Dalhousie Faculty Association reach agreement; classes are on

Over the weekend, representatives of Dalhousie University and the Dalhousie Faculty Association (DFA) reached a tentative agreement on a three-year collective agreement. The next step is for the Board of Governors and the DFA to ratify the tentative agreement. We are hopeful for a positive outcome.

The tentative agreement means classes will continue as scheduled on Monday.

The Government of Nova Scotia has granted permanent solvency relief to University Pension Plans. The Parties appreciate that this will result in welcome relief from onerous solvency payments. This privilege carries an added obligation on the Parties to act responsibly to explore opportunities to improve upon the Dalhousie University Staff Pension Plan and to that end we have signed a Letter of Understanding confirming our commitment.

Both negotiating teams worked hard to arrive at a new collective agreement and we are relieved students’ studies were not interrupted with a strike. We’re eager to get back to class on Monday morning and focus on student success.

Negotiations Info for Dal Students & Their Parents

We’ve created a page with negotiations information specifically for Dalhousie students and their parents.

You can find a link to it on the right-hand menu. (Students & Parents).

This page will be updated regularly throughout the bargaining process, so keep checking back for more information.

Here’s how to keep up-to-date with the latest news on Dalhousie’s negotiations:

  • WEB: Updates will continue to be posted on this website, linked directly from the Dalhousie homepage.
  • EMAIL: All students will receive significant updates via their Dalhousie email account.

Conciliation: What it is and what it means

Two of Dalhousie’s unions (DFA and NSGEU Local 77) are in the conciliation process in February.

In conciliation, an unbiased third-party (a conciliator) is brought into bargaining discussions. The conciliator, under the Nova Scotia Trade Union Act, is appointed by the provincial Department of Labour and Advanced Education, and is experienced in the collective bargaining process and dispute resolution.

The conciliator works with both the union and the university to reach mutual agreement on outstanding issues. The conciliator does not make any decisions on behalf of either the union or the university. Rather, the conciliator offers potential solutions that may be mutually agreeable to both parties.

Conciliation is an opportunity for the union and the university to look at the outstanding issues from a different perspective, and can offer a greater chance at resolving those issues with the assistance of an experienced, neutral conciliator.

For more information on the conciliation process, please visit the Department of Labour and Advanced Education website.

Welcome to the Negotiations at Dal Information Site

Thank you for visiting our new Negotiations at Dal website.

This website provides Dalhousie employees with updates on negotiations at Dalhousie University, including:

  • Progress of discussions with bargaining employee groups
  • Topics covered during discussions (when possible)
  • Background information on larger-scale issues (e.g., pension plan governance reform)

This website is intended for informational purposes only. It is a way that we can advise the Dalhousie community of negotiations updates in a consistent and efficient manner.

We invite you to browse through the pages on this site. We have started with some information from our Pension Town Hall sessions, which you can find in the links on the right side.

You can also sign up for the RSS feed to receive notices when this website is updated.

If you have questions or comments, please post them in the Comments section below.