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Dalhousie and DFA ratify collective agreement

Posted by admin on March 2, 2018 in Dalhousie Faculty Association (DFA)

On March 1, 2018, the Dalhousie’s Board of Governors ratified a new collective agreement between Dalhousie University and the Dalhousie Faculty Association (DFA).

Negotiations between the Board and the DFA began in spring 2017 and continued until January 30, 2018 when a tentative agreement was reached. The meetings remained respectful and productive throughout the collective bargaining process, allowing both sides to contribute to the conversation in a meaningful way and reach an agreement with the assistance of a conciliator.

“Thank you to the members of both of the bargaining teams for their focused efforts in successfully achieving a new collective agreement,” said Richard Florizone, President, Dalhousie University.

Some notable items in the agreement include pay equity for female Full Professors as was identified in the university-wide faculty pay equity review, academic renewal incentives for retiring faculty, as well as changes to the tenure promotion process to recognize non-traditional forms of scholarship. The new collective agreement supports the university’s collective bargaining priorities as well as the Strategic Direction.

The three-year agreement is effective July 1, 2017 to June 30, 2020. DFA members include approximately 1,000 faculty, instructors, librarians and counsellors at Dalhousie.

The full details of the agreement will be made available on the Labour Relations website soon.