Faculty Bargaining Services

The aim of Faculty Bargaining Services (FBS) is to support participating institutions in both bargaining and academic contract administration for faculty, librarians, faculty paid by course, teaching assistants, research assistants and post-doctoral fellows.  The program of services remains collaborative and participatory, and continues to evolve based on the needs of participating institutions.  As part of these services, the website offers access to several Canadian databases, newsletters and newsfeeds.  In addition, information is provided on upcoming workshops and training sessions, FBS and its participating institutions and the role of field officers.  Full access is granted exclusively to those administrators in participating institutions who have been identified as assuming a direct responsibility for Collective and Framework Agreement bargaining and contract administration.

315-350 Albert Street
Ottawa, Ontario  K1R 1B1
Phone: 613-230-6760 x333



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A searchable database of materials relating to the academic collective bargaining process at Canadian higher education institutions (universities).

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Tentative Agreements

Université Laval has reached a six-year agreement (2011-2016) with the union representing contract academic staff (SCCUL). 2013-07-16

Memorial University of Newfoundland has reached a tentative agreement with its per course instructors for a four year agreement. 2014-02-11

Mount Allison University has reached an agreement with the Mount Allison Faculty Association to submit all outstanding issues to binding arbitration, ending a three week strike. 2014-02-19

Trent University and the Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE) bargaining unit representing part-time faculty have reached a three-year tentative agreement effective September 1, 2013 to August 31, 2016. 2014-03-26


York University has a tentative settlement of a first contract with full-time faculty in the Faculty of Law from 1 July 2012 to 30 June 2015. 2013-10-18



Ratified Agreements

Cape Breton University and its faculty association have ratified a three year collective agreement for the period July 1, 2013 to June 30, 2016. 2014-03-04


Carleton University and CUPE have ratified separate collective agreements for Teaching/Research Assistants and for Contract Instructors for the period 1 September 2013 to 31 August 2016. 2014-03-26


The University of Ontario Institute of Technology and the UOIT Faculty Association have ratified a first collective agreement for the bargaining unit which represents all teaching faculty at UOIT for the period 27 February 2014 to 30 June 2017. 2014-03-13

The Université de Saint-Boniface and its Faculty Association have ratified a collective agreement for the period 1 August 2012 to 31 July 2016. 2014-04-09

The University of Winnipeg and its Faculty Association have ratified a collective agreement for full-time faculty covering the period 1 April 2013 to 30 April 2016. 2014-03-21



Current Issue

February 2014
Sustainability Report
Synopsis of Union Issues and Preoccupations


Previous Issues

August 2013
Summary of ten new cases added to arbitrations and legal rulings database
Reporting access or search function problems


May 2013
Legal case: faculty association loses bid for injunctive relief
Introduction of new guide “Managing Collective and Framework Agreements with Academic Personnel: A Guide for Academic Leaders”
Training reminder

June 2013
Annual Report 2012/13

January 2013
Social media: impact on managing labour dispute communications

November 2012
A review of settlements reached in 2011 and 2012

August 2012
FBS november workshops and pre-workshops
FBS arbitrations database  
Case report: Collegial Process Does Not Trump Job Criteria in Advertisements


Spring 2012
Synopsis of emerging CAUT and CUPE policy questions
Synopsis of provincial government budgets  
Summary of key FBS 2012/13 developments


September 2011
Regional summary of negotiations
Synopsis of current union activities
Quick tip: data searches


August 2011
Summary of the FBS arbitrations database
FBS annual workshop update


June 2011
Annual Report 2010/11

March 2011
Regional updates of provincial government mandates and negotiations
Synopsis of current union issues


January 2011
Synopses of two recent B.C. court rulings re: application of statutory powers
Analyses of the remaining 2010 workshop CAUT policy statements: Governance and Distance Education.


E-Newsletter and Announcement Archive


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