Late Thursday evening, March 7, after a marathon negotiating session, the Board of Governors and the faculty union reached a tentative, three-year agreement for the faculty and librarian bargaining unit.
“We are pleased to have reached an agreement that meets the test of fairness for both parties and protects the quality of education for students at NSCAD,” says Dr. Daniel O’Brien, Acting President. “In the tight budgetary circumstances in which the university finds itself, we need to balance student needs while maintaining flexibility and managing costs."
The agreement has yet to be ratified by FUNSCAD's membership and the Board of Governors.
"We're pleased that we've been able to achieve some short-term protection for our most vulnerable programs in the face of unprecedented threats to the university. The struggle to defend NSCAD continues," says Alvin Comiter, President of the faculty union.
The university has been in a legal strike/lockout position since Wednesday, March 6.
Although an eleventh-hour meeting with the parties and conciliator Peter Lloyd on Tuesday, March 5 failed to reach a resolution, the latest meeting proved fruitful. Both bargaining teams invested a lot of hard work and compromise in the process.
FUNSCAD Unit I’s last contract expired December 31, 2012. Starting on November 21, this round of collective bargaining included eight days of discussions, including four days of conciliation.