Carleton University Negotiations with CUPE 4600 – Update #3

We have been advised that members of CUPE 4600 Unit 1 (representing approximately 1,800 teaching assistants) and CUPE 4600 Unit 2 (representing about 800 contract instructors) may hold information pickets on Wednesday, Jan. 18. These information pickets may occur at either the Bronson Avenue and Colonel By Drive entrances to campus first thing Wednesday morning. They may also occur during the lunch hour at other locations on campus, such as the University Centre.

Traffic may be slowed in the morning and we ask you to be patient and to respect the right of the union members to provide information. It is also your right to enter and leave the campus without difficulty. If you should encounter any problems, please call the Department of University Safety at 613-520-4444.

The information pickets relate to issues raised during negotiations with the university administration, which have been taking place.

Negotiations began in July 2016 with Teaching Assistants and in August 2016 for Contract Instructors. The parties have been bargaining in good faith, and while the progress has been meaningful, it has been slower than hoped. The university has requested that the provincial government appoint a conciliator. Conciliation has been scheduled for next week, as well as the second week of February.

The university is looking forward to future productive discussions with the goal of reaching a negotiated settlement as soon as possible. Please review update #2 for additional details.

Further updates about the collective bargaining process will continue to be distributed and posted on the university’s Human Resources web page at: https://carleton.ca/hr/collective-agreements/collective-bargaining-updates/

Carleton University Negotiations with CUPE 4600 – Update #2

Carleton University has requested the provincial government appoint a conciliator in its negotiations with CUPE 4600, units 1 (teaching assistants) and 2 (contract instructors).  Negotiations with Unit 1 began in July and in August with Unit 2. There have been 12 bargaining meetings with Unit 1 and 10 meetings with Unit 2.

The parties have been bargaining in good faith and progress toward renewing the collective agreements has been meaningful, but is slower than hoped. 

The most significant outstanding issues between the university and teaching assistants include the tuition increase assistance rebate, and tutorial and lab sizes.  The university has tabled a proposal that would fully protect eligible teaching assistants from tuition increases as from their second year of employment within their current program.  The university has also tabled a wage increase.  The union has not yet tabled its proposal concerning wages.

The most significant outstanding issues between the university and contract instructors include teaching evaluations, class sizes and multi-year contracts. The university has tabled a wage increase. The union has not put forward its wage demand.

Carleton University is optimistic that the assistance of a neutral conciliator who is highly experienced in the university sector can help bridge the remaining differences amicably and expeditiously so that the renewal of collective agreements can be finalized. 

 Trent University and McMaster have just concluded tentative agreements with their unions, assisted by the conciliation process. Brock, Guelph and Wilfrid Laurier have conciliation upcoming. Carleton remains committed to negotiating settlements with CUPE and is optimistic that deals can be reached.

 The university will continue to provide updates to the community throughout the bargaining process to keep you informed.

Carleton University Negotiations with CUPE 4600 – Update #1

Carleton University has begun collective bargaining with CUPE 4600 Unit 1 (representing approximately 1800 teaching assistants) and CUPE 4600 Unit 2 (representing approximately 800 contract instructors).

Negotiations began in July 2016 with Teaching Assistants and in August 2016 for Contract Instructors.  Five bargaining sessions have been held to date with Teaching Assistants and 3 bargaining sessions have been held with Contract Instructors.  Additional dates are scheduled for the remainder of September.

The University is looking forward to productive discussions with the representatives of teaching assistants and contract instructors with the goal of reaching a negotiated settlement.

Updates about the collective bargaining process will continue to be distributed and posted on this page.