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May 18, 2011
  • Negotiations Set To Commence At Brandon University.

    Contract negotiations between the Brandon University Faculty Association (BUFA) and Brandon University's Board of Governors (BOG) are set to commence tomorrow morning, following a postponement due to the state of emergency declared by the City of Brandon.

    According to BUFA President and Chief Negotiator Joe Dolecki, "BUFA's objective in this round of negotiations is to achieve a fair and equitable settlement at the negotiating table, without utilizing Job Action."

    The current Collective Agreement, which expired on March 31, was reached in 2008 following a 17-day strike by BUFA members.

    "We are confident that this objective will be achieved, particularly given the unexpectedly generous Operating Grant allocated to BU by the provincial government," Dolecki said.

    Meanwhile, Brandon University's BOG has named Winnipeg Lawyer Grant Mitchell as its Chief Negotiator.

    In commenting on this development, Dolecki observed, "This is the first time in BU's history that the Board has contracted out its negotiating responsibilities to a third party."

    "Undoubtedly, this round of bargaining will be unique," he said.

    BUFA represents approximately 240 full-time equivalent employees at Brandon University - including Professors, Librarians, Instructional Associates, Administrative Associates, and Sessional Instructors.

    For further information, contact:

    Joe Dolecki
    BUFA President and Chief Negotiator

May 06, 2011
  • Negotiations Bulletin #1.

    On Wednesday, May 4, BUFA received a communication from the Employer confirming that the first bargaining session in this round of negotiations was set for Tuesday May 10, at 9.00 am.

    This communication also identified the members of the Employer's bargaining team, which consists of Scott Grills, Barb Smith, Scott Lamont, and Winnipeg lawyer Grant Mitchell (Chief negotiator and spokesperson).

    The utilization of Mr. Mitchell represents another departure from the Employer's past practice in, and approach to, the negotiating process. As noted at the AGM, the Board has, for the first time established a negotiations subcommittee to oversee the Employer's participation in negotiations and, at its last meeting flew in a team of consultants to address the Board on collective bargaining matters.

    BUFA would note parenthetically that Mr. Mitchell's participation in our bargaining process carries with it certain implications. On the one hand, our information is that his fees are on the order of $400/hour plus expenses (travel, hotel, meals etc.), which will be covered out of the University's operating budget. On the other hand, the contracting out of negotiating responsibilities, says something remarkable about the Employer's confidence in its own abilities at the bargaining table.

    All things considered, this round of bargaining promises to be unique. In accordance with past practice, BUFA will issue regular updates on negotiations as the process unfolds.

    (Update: On Monday, May 9, the Parties agreed to postpone the first bargaining session in light of the declaration of the state of emergency in Brandon due to the flooding situation. The session has been rescheduled for Tuesday, May 17, 2011).

    Joe Dolecki
    BUFA President and Chief Negotiator

January 07, 2011
  • Memorandum to Board of Pension Trustees. Maureen Barrett, BUFA Administrative Assistant

    Following a call for nominations circulated to the BUFA membership, Mr. Alan Levy, Department of Business Administration, will replace Dr. Bryan Hill as one of BUFA’s representatives on the Brandon University Board of Pension Trustees.

    Mr. Levy’s appointment is for three years retroactive to January 1, 2011 (and thus ending on December 31, 2013).

    Thank you for your attention to this matter.

    Maureen Barrett,
    BUFA Administrative Assistant

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