FAQs for Students

  • Maintaining equitable and transparent workload provisions for full-time faculty
  • Meaningful job security for contract faculty
  • Increased institutional transparency
  • Fair compensation for all faculty members
  • Increasing class sizes decreases the personalized learning experience for students at MRU
  • The more students your professors teach, the less time they have to spend with you
  • Faculty’s working conditions are your learning conditions

Steps in the Collective Bargaining Process:

Note: Collective bargaining can continue throughout all of these steps.

1. Notice to Commence Collective Bargaining.

Note: Delivered November 2017.

2. Commence Collective Bargaining.

Note: Commenced January 2018.

a. The Collective Agreement expired July 1, 2018.

Note: The agreement remains enforce until i) a new agreement is ratified, ii) strike or lockout occurs, or iii) a 2-year period has elapsed.

b. Over 35 meetings were held in an attempt to reach a new collective agreement with the BoG. The MRFA remains committed to actively reaching an agreement with the BoG.

3. Voluntary Informal Mediation

Note: The parties engaged in two full rounds (5 full days) of voluntary mediation in Fall 2018. Upon conclusion, either:

a. An agreement is reached (skip to step 8), or

b. Collective bargaining continues. *This is the point in the process where MRFA currently is.*

4. Statutory Mediation – A formal process used to try to reach an agreement.

Either the MRFA or the BoG’s team may ask for Statutory Mediation. Upon conclusion, either:

a. An agreement is reached (skip to step 8), or

b. Collective bargaining continues.

5. Possible Vote on Mediator’s Recommendation

If the Mediator decides to issue recommendations after the Statutory Mediation process, either side may:

a. Choose to present the recommendations to the group they represent for an acceptance vote,

b. Ask that the recommendations be brought before the other group for consideration of acceptance, or

c. Continue collective bargaining.

6. 14-Day Cooling Off Period

After the conclusion of the Statutory Mediation process, the parties must enter into a 14-day cooling off period.

7. Strike or Lockout

Once impasse has been reached:

a. The MRFA Membership can vote to engage in a strike.

b. The Board of Governors can vote to engage in a lockout.

8. Ratification Vote

Once an agreement has been reached at the table, the Negotiations Team will present the package to the Membership for a ratification vote.

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