december 19, 2013

i am writing to provide you with an update on negotiations with canadian union of public employees (cupe), local 3912, which have been ongoing since april 2013. cupe, local 3912 represents part-time faculty teaching at the university on a contract basis.

during its meeting on november 27th, the university was informed by the cupe bargaining team that they will be filing for conciliation. although the parties have resolved a number issues, many still remain unresolved. the university is hopeful the addition of a conciliator will allow for a more expeditious resolution.

as you know, filing for conciliation does not mean that a work stoppage is imminent. there remain several steps in the process to go through and the university is confident that we will be able to reach a settlement with the assistance of a conciliator. you can visit //www.gov.ns.ca/lae/conciliation/conciliation.asp to learn more about the role of a conciliator.

brian jessop, p. eng, cpm.
vp administration
mount saint vincent university