Post Survey Developments in UTFA Council, Thursday, Jan. 20, 2o12.

F.Y.I.   UTFA bargaining team begins mediation talks with UofT Simcoe Hall this weekend with Kevin Burkett as the mediator. Mediation is the first step. If there is no advancement in mediation, the bargaining team and representatives from UofT administration will proceed to arbitration, with Bill Kaplan, as arbitrator. One of our members of the bargaining team, Prof. Michael Donnelly, will be stepping down from the team in March (due to a teaching engagement in Japan) and will be replaced by another member of our retirees, Prof. Helen Rosenthal. Yesterday the UTFA Council members reaffirmed for the 3rd time, in a vote at the council meeting with an overwhelming consensus, that the bargaining team must continue its mandate for expanding negotiations beyond article VI for “all terms and conditions”.

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2 Responses to Post Survey Developments in UTFA Council, Thursday, Jan. 20, 2o12.

  1. Mike M. says:

    I am curious about the term “overwhelming consensus”?

    From George Luste’s email dated January 19, 2012:

    “Of the non-retired respondents, 707 people, or 53% percent of non-retired respondents chose Option A, “Reject the status quo” and 637 people or 47% percent chose Option B, “Accept the status quo”

    Of the retired respondents, 169 people or 76% percent of the retired respondents chose Option A “Reject the status quo” and 52 people or 24% percent chose Option B “Accept the status quo”.”

    Please correct me if I am wrong but this is what was shared with our community.

    If “non-retired” members of UTFA don’t matter I could agree with this statement. However, the majority of the over 1500 received responses voted slightly in favour of rejecting the status quo.

    The hyperbole not withstanding, good luck to the negotiating team and thank you for your efforts.

  2. Rochelle says:

    What Mike raises here is troubling, but I haven’t seen any response to it. Can someone correct this post?

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