Dear Capilano Faculty Association (CFA) Members,
We are pleased to share with you the following details about the faculty association membership ratification vote on the 2019-2020 Collective Agreement!
Question: Are you in favour of ratifying the 2019-2022 collective agreement?
- Yes - 393 Votes (99.2%)
- No - 3 Votes (0.8%)
- Voter Turnout: 396 (57.5%) of 689 electors voted in this ballot.
Key Takeaway - Better Understanding of Working Conditions & Collective Agreement Processes
This is an ideal time to remind faculty members that the "collective" part of the term collective agreement means this is a written contract between the bargaining unit (Capilano Faculty Association) and the Employer (Capilano University) that details the terms and conditions of employment. A 314% jump in voter turnout bodes well for expecting a broader and deeper understanding of the processes and working conditions clarified in the collective agreement, and more importantly that this is a contract, mutually agreed to, and expected to the followed by both parties. Let's be conscious of replacing the inaccurate phrase "Your Agreement" with the more accurate term "Our Agreement"
The collective agreement is considered "ratified" by the bargaining unit if a majority (50% +1) of those voting vote to accept the terms of the tentative collective agreement. A collective agreement is ratified by the University, when the tentative agreement is approved by the Board of Governors. Once both parties have ratified the tentative collective agreement, it is finalized and implemented.
We are happy with our first use of online voting for ratifying this agreement, and thank all members for their attention, participation and engagement on this important matter in the midst of the pressures of working through the COVID-19 situation. The employer (Capilano University) has relayed that the employer-side ratification will be conducted at the June 2, 2020 Board of Governors meeting. This "completion of ratification" timeline allows for retroactive pay to begin appearing on our June 2020 pay cheques.
Congratulations to all from your CFA Bargaining Team
Michael Begg (Chief Negotiator)
Brent Calvert (ex officio)