It’s official

FT Collective Agreement Ratified

Following two days of voting the results are in: 90% in favour of ratification.

And, we heard this evening that earlier today, the BoG, in a special meeting, voted to ratify.

So. The strike and lockout are no longer merely suspended: they have ended.

The following message went out to members earlier this evening:

Dear AUNBT members,

 This is to tell you that the FT tentative agreement has been ratified by a 90% vote across the four campuses.
The next step in the process is ratification by the Board of Governors. Once that is accomplished, we will officially have a new FT collective agreement.
Before too long we will enter the agreed-upon limited arbitration process, and your union will keep you informed as events develop.
The document itself will be posted to the AUNBT website once the process is complete.
Please join me in thanking our bargaining team, Lloyd Waugh, Matt Hiltz, Francesca Holyoke, Jeff Houlahan, Charlene Mayes and Melanie Wiber, for well over a year of sometimes difficult work. We all owe them a huge debt of gratitude. And a big thank you to all of you, for without your resolve we would be in a very different position.
Now let us get back to our teaching and our research. And to rebuilding our university.
In solidarity,
Miriam Jones
President, AUNBT

A press release was sent to the media shortly after the members were informed:

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
AUNBT members ratify tentative agreement
FREDERICTON, SAINT JOHN, MONCTON and BATHURST, NEW BRUNSWICK (February 6, 2014) — The Association of University of New Brunswick Teachers is pleased to announce that their members have accepted the tentative collective agreement signed with UNB on January 30. The vote was conclusive: 90% of those who cast a ballot voted acceptance.
The next step in the process is ratification by the Board of Governors. Then within the next six months, the parties will enter into a limited arbitration process on outstanding issues. The agreement itself will be posted to the AUNBT website once the process is complete.
“We owe a huge debt of gratitude to our brilliant bargaining team, Lloyd Waugh, Matt Hiltz, Francesca Holyoke, Jeff Houlahan, Charlene Mayes and Melanie Wiber,” said AUNBT president Miriam Jones, “for well over a year of sometimes very difficult work. And we must recognize the members, for without their resolve we would be in a very different position. The strike was difficult for us all, teachers and students alike. But it is becoming clear that our members have come out of it reinvigorated and ready to work to reclaim our university.”
AUNBT members went back to class this past Monday in anticipation of the ratification vote. There will be a joint meeting of the UNB Senates to tomorrow morning at 9am to discuss the rescheduling of the rest of the winter term.

(cross-posted to HQ)

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