Bargaining Update: Conciliation

Dear members,

After an intensive weekend of negotiations, the APUO and the Central Administration’s negotiation teams were unable to reach an agreement. At this stage, both parties will be seeking the assistance of a third-party mediator. The Negotiating Team will recommend this solution to the APUO Executive Committee.

As we have expressed through our Bargaining Updates over the last few months, the vast majority of the proposals tabled by the APUO have been rejected, including all of APUO’s proposals regarding workload, making this round of collective bargaining a difficult one.

Moreover, many items of the Central Administration’s global offer are unacceptable, most notably, the monetary proposals and the end of the APUO complement agreement.

The Central Administration has informed the APUO that they have filed a request for the appointment of a Conciliation Officer. We will inform you of any developments as they arise.

We once again encourage you to participate in our Respect campaign by:

  • wearing the pin that you will receive in the coming days;
  • sticking the poster that you will receive on your office door; and
  • expressing support for your Negotiating Team on social media by using the hashtags #Respect and #uOttawa together.

At this time, our best asset to ensure that we can negotiate a fair collective agreement is by showing our unity.

In solidarity,

The APUO Negotiating Team