Windsor

WUFA ratifies collective agreement with University of Windsor

After months of negotiations and disputes, the statemate between the faculty and administration at the University of Windsor is officially over.

Union members vote 65.8 per cent in favour

WUFA ratifies collective agreement. (CBC News)

After months of negotiations and disputes, the statemate between the faculty and administration at the University of Windsor is officially over.

The Windsor University Faculty Association members voted 65.8 per cent in favour of a three-year contract with the university.

"I think it's a good collective agreement in the circumstances," said WUFA president Anne Forrest. "I also think people are quite relieved to have it done."

The ratification vote comes after months of negotiations between WUFA and university administration, as well as an intervention by a provincial mediator and brief work stoppages.

"I think the two-thirds majority is a solid vote in favour of this collective agreement, which is a good collective agreement in our circumstances and has the benefit of allowing everyone to draw a breath and have a lot more certainty to our lives," said Forrest.

The contract will last from 2014 to 2017.

One of the contract highlights is about a 9 per cent increase over the next three years.

WUFA represents about 1,000 university faculty members, librarians, and academic staff.