Dru Marshall, of the University of Calgary, said: « This agreement reflects the hard work and commitment of both committees. I am proud that we are able to provide security and support to our graduates and to thank both parties for their agreement, especially in these unique circumstances. Our agreement also provided for early access to reimbursement of 2020/2021 professional expenses and deferral options for academics who were on research and scholarship leave (RSL) or who had planned an RSL from July. We will meet again in the fall with the faculty association to discuss further adjustments that may be necessary to assist university staff if the pandemic continues. The academic component of the university`s budget is such that it can easily be seen as a reduction target. However, academic salaries, whether in arbitration or a free collective bargaining system, still have market factors and comparisons that, at least in part, fuel expectations. Finally, we have an individual responsibility to take care of ourselves and a collective responsibility to take care of each other. Please follow the health guidelines that have been set out by our experts – and together we will get by! Again, I would like to thank you for everything you do in these difficult times. It was remarkable to see what was achieved as a collective, despite all the problems we are all going through. I`m amazed – and tired! – every day. I couldn`t imagine doing it with a better group of people – thank you! Brit Paris, associate vice president, work of the Graduate Students` Association, says the new agreement contains a language that not only clarifies the rights and obligations of graduates, but also facilitates the agreement. . Our agreement with the Faculty Association confirms our commitment to the principles of academic freedom and confirms that the IP directive continues to apply, as noted above.
Negotiations between UCalgary and GSA began in February 2020 and all parties met with thoughtful and sensible discussions. Negotiations were transferred online to Zoom in March, when the campus`s response to COVID-19 required a pivot to meet in a physically distant manner. An agreement in principle was quickly reached and the formal ratification process was recently completed. A new letter of understanding offers a short-term appointment to the ranks of the graduate assistant (teaching) and the assistant graduate (non-teaching). In addition, the agreement removed some of the funding restrictions for the recruitment of graduates into business and administrative units, creating new opportunities for the employment of university graduates throughout the university In order to justify the derogation of its proposal from the contractual area of the conciliation agreement, it argues [the University of Calgary Administration]: the first point was related to the « provincial mandate ». In awarding the award, Arbitrator Andy Simms expressly rejected the University of Calgary Administration`s position that a « provincial mandate » can be used to repeal the provisions of a collective agreement or that it should play a role in arbitration decisions.