Faculty union, Carleton University reach tentative agreement

Carleton University's faculty union reached a tentative collective agreement with the school's administration Sunday.

Union voted in favour of strike action in early May

Carleton University Academic Staff Association, which represents faculty, librarian and instructor employees, reached a tentative agreement with the school. (Danny Globerman/CBC)

Carleton University's faculty union reached a tentative collective agreement with the school's administration Sunday for its 913 instructors, faculty members and librarians who have been without a contract since April 2017.

The university and faculty came to the agreement after the two sides agreed to mediation, cancelling an earlier university request for a provincial conciliator.

Conciliation is a process where the Ontario Ministry of Labour steps in to help resolve differences between an employer and a union in order to reach a collective agreement.

Carleton University Academic Staff Association's president Root Gorelick had told CBC News in early May that the university's request was seen as "procedural ambush," opening the way for a summer lockout in order to pressure the union to rush a deal.

Following the university's request, CUASA's council unanimously passed a strongly-supported member motion to convene a strike vote.

But on May 10 the two sides agreed to mediation with arbitrator William Kaplan, new meetings were scheduled and the conciliation request was dropped.

The university says details on the settlement will be released after a ratification vote by its board of governors and the union's members.

Corrections

  • An earlier version of this article said the tentative agreement was reached after conciliation. In fact, the two sides had reached the deal after mediation.
    May 28, 2018 4:53 PM ET