Update

Where we are

[The following message was sent out today via email but not all members have had services restored. Cross-posted to HQ.]

Timeline:

  • AUNBT and UNB management signed a tentative agreement on Thurs. Jan. 30/14
  • AUNBT verbally agreed to suspend strike action as of 12:01 am Sat. Feb. 1/14, and
  • UNB management verbally agreed to suspend the lockout as of 12:01 am Sat. Feb. 1/14 (i.e. members could return to campus over the weekend)
  • AUNBT and UNB management each sent out the following mutually-agreed-upon media release on Thurs. Jan. 30/14:

The AUNBT and UNB are pleased to announce an agreement to recommend suspension of the strike/lockout. This comes as a result of reaching a tentative agreement on the key issues related to wages. The parties agree to jointly announce further details within the next 24 hours.

  • AUNBT and UNB management began to work on a back-to-work-protocol; however, no protocol has yet been signed and no further joint announcements have been proposed or made.
  • According to the UNB website, ITS undertook to restore network services to members by end of day Fri. Jan. 31/14. There are reports that full service for everyone may have taken longer. (If anyone is still experiencing problems, please let us know.)
  • UNB management publicly announced that classes would resume on Mon. Feb. 3
  • UNB further publicly announced the following changes to the winter term:

In an effort to ensure students complete the Winter term and graduate on time and with minimal impact on lost teaching days, classes will be extended until April 17. The exam period will now be April 22 – 30, including exams on Sunday, April 27. 

To accommodate this new schedule, which must be approved by the Academic Senates, the March Reading Week will be used for classes. This arrangement will result in the loss of only four teaching days and allow for the summer term to begin as scheduled.

[NB. as of this writing no dates have been announced for special meetings of the Senates. The next scheduled meetings are Feb. 18 & 19 ]

AUNBT processes:

  • The Collective Bargaining Team recommends ratification to the membership
  • On Thurs. Jan. 30/14 the Collective Bargaining Committee voted to recommend ratification to the membership
  • On Fri. Jan. 31/14 the Executive Committee voted to recommend ratification to the membership
  • The Collective Bargaining Council is meeting on Mon. Feb. 3 at 4pm, as per the AUNBT constitution, to decide on a recommendation to the membership (rooms TBA; meeting will be videoconferenced)
  • AUNBT is holding a Ratification Meeting for all FT members, to be videoconferenced between Fredericton/Saint John/Moncton/Bathurst on Tues. Feb. 4, 2014 @ 2:30 pm:
    • Fredericton – Wu Centre Auditorium
    • Saint John – Hazen Hall Lecture Theatre
    • Moncton – 55 Lutz Street, Rm 217
    • Bathurst – Bathurst site Rm U352
  • Strike pay for the period Jan. 27 – Jan. 31:
    • Fredericton – strike pay may be picked up at strike headquarters on Mon. Feb. 3, from 9am to 3pm and on Tues. Feb. 4 from 10:30am to 1:30pm
    • Saint John – strike pay will be available in the the AUNBT office on Mon. Feb. 3, from 10am to 4pm [previous information incorrect]
    • Bathurst – contact Joan Williamson
    • Moncton – contact Andy Didyk
    • [NB. as we have no back-to-work protocol as of this writing, the Jan. 31 stop date is not yet official. If salary and benefits do not resume on Sat. Feb. 1 at 12:01am as was verbally agreed, AUNBT will adjust members’ strike pay accordingly.]
  • Further issues: member_issues@aunbt.ca remains active

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