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CAUT Bulletin Archives

December 2000

Victory at Memorial

Faculty and librarians were back on the job at Memorial University on Nov. 14 after a two-week strike. After an all night session that began on Nov. 10 the two negotiating teams reached agreement on several key issues with the assistance of a conciliator. "In some instances, we have successfully resisted clawbacks to our current collective agreement," said Noel Roy, president of Memorial University of Newfoundland Faculty Association. "In many others we have made substantial gains." The new collective agreement will provide a more equitable distribution of salary; substantial salary increases; language that makes clear that total salary (basic annual salary plus market differential) cannot be reduced; and, procedures to initiate pension reform. "Our objective throughout was to move towards a fair and equitable settlement," Noel said, "and to resist the administration's attempt to weaken practically every article of the collective agreement. Rather than submit to their 'take it or leave it' approach, we pressed for and negotiated better contract language, better working conditions, and better salaries for all."