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At the January 21 bargaining session, in response to the union’s concerns raised at the previous meeting, the university presented a global proposal covering vacations for part-time and casual employees, statutory holidays and ID cards for casual employees. The employer’s proposals on vacations and statutory holidays were submitted and discussed, but the union did not agree with the global proposal. These topics will be discussed at a future meeting along with other monetary items.
The parties also discussed the mechanism surrounding liberation for union activities. A tentative agreement was reached and the university will present a draft proposal at the next meeting, set for February 4.
The parties agreed to start discussing salaries at the next meeting. In order to allow all members in attendance to understand the current situation, the employer will present a global picture of the current situation as it pertains to regular research associates, regular research assistants and casual research assistants. The government-appointed conciliator has supported the parties in their discussions and will be present at the February 4 bargaining session.