The employer and YUFA are in negotiations for the renewal of the collective agreement between the parties. The three-year term of the current collective agreement ended on April 30, 2018. York University and the York University Faculty Association (YUFA) continue to hold productive meetings and are working towards a collective renewal agreement. For the last time, the negotiating teams met on 13 August, 15 August and 20 August for discussions on important justice issues, an area that reflects a common priority. On Monday, September 5 and Tuesday, September 6, the negotiation teams of the York University Faculty Association (YUFA) continued their discussions as they followed a collective renewal agreement. The university is pleased to have reached a consensus with YUFA on two important points. For ongoing updates, please visit: yorku.ca/yufa-bargaining York University and YUFA negotiating teams met twice this week, with the support of a mutually agreed mediator, to help both sides prepare a collective renewal agreement. On Wednesday, September 12, the negotiating teams of York University and the York University Faculty Association (YUFA) met to continue negotiations. The university continues to work towards a positive dialogue with YUFA and is convinced that a new collective agreement will be possible through the negotiation process. During the two days of negotiations, progress was made in finding common ground on several outstanding issues. Proposals were exchanged and an agreement was reached, including: the university recognizes the crucial importance of supporting our full-time faculty so that it can advance all aspects of the university`s academic mission. We continue to focus on securing a renewed collective agreement that will continue to recognize the significant contributions of the Faculty and the York librarians.
We look forward to continued negotiations and work on a collective renewal agreement. On Friday, 6 September, YUFA informed the University that it intended to seek the support of its members for a vote on the strike mandate at its general assembly on 17 September. We also hope that a new agreement will be reached at the negotiating table. Our next appointments are September 24 and 26. We believe that advertising for 160 new faculty positions is very positive news for York. It reflects the university`s strong commitment over the next few years to fill, as far as possible, the long-term gaps in supplements in available resources. At the same time, during several rounds of negotiations, the university consistently stated that it was not prepared to accept a complementary formal guarantee in the collective agreement.