Start Of Collective Bargaining

Dear members,

We wish to inform you that on January 31, the APUO has begun collective bargaining and tabled its proposals to the Employer, which are summarized in the following Powerpoint.

We thank all members who attended Monday’s Special General Meeting and provided valuable feedback and a mandate that will guide us during this round of collective bargaining.

Here is a list of the members of the APUO Collective bargaining team:

Michel Desjardins, APUO Administrative Director (Chief Negotiator)
Jean-Daniel Jacob, First Vice-President, APUO Executive Committee (School of Nursing)
Dalie Giroux, Academic Officer, APUO Executive Committee (School of Political Studies)
Richard L. Hébert, member of the APUO Board of Directors (Faculty of Medicine)
Susan Spronk, President, APUO Executive Committee (School of International Development and Global Studies)

Members for specific topics:

Paul Saurette member of the APUO Board of Directors (School of Political Studies)
Colin Montpetit, Officer-at-Large, APUO Executive Committee (Department of Biology)
Natasha Udell, APUO Legal Counsel

Should you and your academic unit want additional information about the proposals we put forward, the APUO executive would welcome an invitation to present and discuss these with you. Please send your requests to

As we move ahead in these negotiations, we will keep you informed of important developments.

In solidarity,

The APUO executive

Ratification meeting

Dear APUO Members,

A ratification meeting of the proposed collective agreement (1 May 2016 to 30 April 2018) will be held Monday May 9, 2016. A summary of the process and the results, followed by a “Questions and Answers” period, will take place from 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM, in Marion Auditorium (140 Louis Pasteur). The ratification vote itself will begin at 11:00 AM and last until 5:00 PM at the entrance of room 150 of Marion Building.

You can download the 2016-2018 Tentative Settlement which includes changes to the collective agreement and the letters of understanding that accompany it.

We hope to see you in large numbers, as in previous general meetings.


The APUO Executive Committee

2016 Bargaining

Dear APUO Members,

We are happy to report that we have been able to reach a deal with the employer. The agreement was reached at the end of the fifth full day of mediation.

We believe that we have negotiated the best deal possible in the current circumstances and we are happy to recommend its ratification. The agreement will be presented to the APUO Executive this afternoon. A Special General Assembly (SGA) and secret vote to ratify the agreement will take place before May 15, 2016. All relevant information will be forwarded to you as soon as possible.

We would like to thank all of our colleagues who contributed to the bargaining process over the last year, specifically the members of the Collective Bargaining Committee, as well as the excellent professional advice and support of OCUFA and CAUT. Furthermore, we would like to thank the independent mediator, Peter Simpson, who worked extremely hard to facilitate this deal.

Thank you again for your extraordinary support.


The APUO Negotiation Team
Tyler Chamberlin
Jennifer Dekker
Michel Desjardins
Dalie Giroux
Christian Rouillard
Natasha Udell
with special assistance from Paul Saurette

Results of the ratification vote

Dear APUO members,

The results of the ratification vote are the following: 365 YES and 6 NO. The tentative settlement has therefore been supported by 98.4% of the members who casted a ballot. With 371 ballots, the participation rate is 29.7%.

We wish to thank our members for the strong and continued support given to us during this round of bargaining, especially for the strike vote held on July 31st. This unprecedented mobilization of APUO members was crucial in helping us to reach this settlement during mediation.

We look forward building on this strong support to address our next challenges, beginning with the core issue of tenure and promotion.


The APUO Executive Committee