Following the first exchange of articles on 7 October, our Negotiating Committee has met with the administration on three occasions: 16, 28 and 30 October.

During these subsequent sessions, our Committee has explained its position on MUNFA’s proposals for Articles 23 (Term Appointments), 30 (Cooperative Education Co-ordinators [CECs]), and 31 (Salaries and Benefits). The administration has indicated that it will respond soon on Article 30 but has not done so yet. Our Committee has also made revisions to the administration’s original proposals on Articles 22 (Leaves) and 29 (Employment Equity) and we await a response.

Since the initial session on 7 October, MUNFA has received no paper from the other side. In order to speed up the process, the Negotiating Committee has suggested that the other side work from our proposals on Articles 30 and 31 given that no paper has been prepared on these items by the administration. The administration has agreed to this modification of the negotiating process. Nonetheless, they have made it clear that their response to Article 31 will not be ready for some time.

Our Negotiating Committee is heartened by the administration’s acceptance of the concept of Parental Leave and is pressing the administration to accept the universal applicability of the principle of employment equity.

Eight negotiating sessions are scheduled for November.

MUNFA Negotiating Committee:


  • Jon Church (Medicine) – Chief Negotiator
  • Tony Chadwick (French & Spanish) Alternate Chief Negotiator
  • Ed Andrews (SWGC)
  • Aspi Balsara (Q. E. II Library)
  • Glenn Clark (Education)
  • Dorothy Milne (Q.E. II Library)
  • Richard Rivkin (OSC)
  • Leo White (Engineering)
  • Chris Youé (History)
  • Marian Atkinson (MUNFA Executive Officer, non-voting member)