The deal offered by the U of M includes a one-time $1950 COVID-19 scholarship and a zero percent salary increase, in line with provincial requirements. UMFA also reserves the right to take legal action against the effects of the unconstitutional law on the sustainability of public services and to guarantee wage discussions during negotiations on the upcoming collective agreement. UmFA had been negotiating the salary with the U of M administration since August, the period of its collective agreement called wage or salary opening. Despite repeated requests for binding arbitration, the administration refused binding arbitration, but agreed to mediation. Despite UMFA`s calls for binding arbitration by third parties, an agreement was reached on Sunday through mediation. The agreement has yet to be ratified by UMFA members. UMFA`s current collective agreement expires on March 31, 2021. While students no longer have to worry about a strike during the fall semester, there is no guarantee that 2021 will not pose the same challenges. The conclusion of the contract between UMFA and the university expires on 31 March 2021. The university and the union that represents its faculty reached a preliminary agreement on Monday that prevented strike action that could have begun the next morning. While students can breathe, this can only be short-lived since the entire contractual negotiation agreement between UMFA and the institution expires on March 31, 2021.
UMFA members will vote this week on the ratification of this agreement. As part of the interim agreement, a COVID-19 scholarship is paid to members to recognize their work since the beginning of the pandemic. The faculty association did not give details of the deal, but said earlier this week that the university would not accept a salary increase. The University of Manitoba faculty voted by a narrow majority Friday to accept the school`s final contract offer, after reaching a preliminary agreement earlier this week. This agreement is far from the initial request of the UMFA, which called for “a fairer salary grid, a modest increase in salaries for the year 2020-21 and additional help during the pandemic for people with dependent missions”. With the new agreement between UMFA and U of M., UMFA members receive a one-time payment due to the increase in work caused by the pandemic. . .