Tentative agreement reached with DFA; classes to continue

Announcement comes after weekend of conciliation

- March 11, 2012


The announcement below was posted to the negotiations website Sunday afternoon.

Over the weekend, representatives of Dalhousie University and the Dalhousie Faculty Association (DFA) reached a tentative agreement on a three-year collective agreement. The next step is for the Board of Governors and the DFA to ratify the tentative agreement. We are hopeful for a positive outcome.

The tentative agreement means classes will continue as scheduled on Monday.

The Government of Nova Scotia has granted permanent solvency relief to University Pension Plans. The Parties appreciate that this will result in welcome relief from onerous solvency payments. This privilege carries an added obligation on the Parties to act responsibly to explore opportunities to improve upon the Dalhousie University Staff Pension Plan and to that end we have signed a Letter of Understanding confirming our commitment.

Both negotiating teams worked hard to arrive at a new collective agreement and we are relieved students’ studies were not interrupted with a strike. We’re eager to get back to class on Monday morning and focus on student success.

Update, March 14: A post on the DFA website explains that the DFA executive is recommending acceptance of the tentative agreement. Members will start voting on the evening of March 15, continuing through Monday, March 19.


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