The Trent University Faculty Association (TUFA) and Trent University have jointly announced that the Board Executive Committee, on behalf of the University’s Board of Governors, ratified a new collective agreement with TUFA this morning. The agreement was previously ratified by TUFA on Wednesday, November 20, 2019 when a majority of faculty voted in favour of the agreement.
TUFA represents 280 full-time faculty, limited-term appointments and professional librarians at Trent University.
“This was a long and complex round of negotiations, but we are extremely pleased to have been able to reach an agreement that achieves mutually important goals that enhance the academic mission of the University within a framework of fiscal prudence," said Susan Wurtele, chief negotiator for TUFA.
Highlights of the three-year collective agreement signed on November 4, 2019 include:
- Agreement to convert the University’s single employer pension plan into a future university sector jointly-sponsored pension plan
- Alignment of teaching intensive positions with other faculty ranks
- Improvements to professional development funds
- A commitment to review University practices and programs to advance equity, diversity and inclusion within faculty ranks
“Securing a consent agreement to join a future sector ‘University Pension Plan’ (UPP) is a major step forward in what is a transformational change for the University,” said Dr. Leo Groarke, president and vice-chancellor of Trent University. “Moving to a jointly-sponsored pension plan will provide a secure, sustainable pension for faculty and ensure the financial sustainability of Trent University moving forward.”
“Further alignment between teaching intensive positions and other faculty positions at Trent demonstrates the value Trent places on teaching,” said Dr. Jackie Muldoon, provost and vice-president Academic. “Improvement to professional development programs for faculty and a focus on programs and practices that advance equity, diversity and inclusion will strengthen the academy at Trent and reflect the University’s commitment to world-class teaching and research.”
Trent University and TUFA are pleased to have reached a negotiated settlement that will allow the University to continue to deliver on its mission.
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