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After two full days of intense bargaining on February 4 and 5, the university reached tentative agreements with the research associates and research assistants represented by AMURE in view of three-year collective agreements. The agreements have been reached after just one year of negotiations that started in January 2012.
The parties have agreed to keep the contents of the agreements confidential until the union has shared the information with its members at a special general assembly. The date for this assembly will be announced to members as soon as both parties have signed a memorandum of agreement.
At the onset, both parties were committed to reaching an agreement as swiftly as possible despite this being their first collective agreement. The government-appointed conciliator was instrumental in helping the parties reach an agreement. The parties agreed to a shared communications approach throughout the bargaining process.