Bargaining Update

Dates of March 31 and April 1 have been set for conciliation at Dalhousie.

February 25, 2022, we had double bargaining sessions at the Mount and SMU. At both we agreed on a few more articles but are still negotiating details before we wrap up some major proposals on internal/external hiring for SMU and discipline for the Mount. We have financial proposals ready to table and are anxiously waiting to wrap up (mostly) non-financial items.

We have a bargaining session at SMU this week and at the Mount next week.

Bargaining Update

As discussed at our recent Special Meeting we filed for conciliation with Dalhousie. We had exchanged financial proposals, but both sides were still far apart. A conciliator has been assigned and we are waiting for dates.

We bargained at SMU yesterday and made some more progress. Both sides are hoping to wrap up non-monetary items (mostly) and table financial proposals soon.

We are in a similar situation at the Mount, where we bargained on Friday.

We are in bargaining at both SMU and the Mount next Friday.

Bargaining Update

Last week we bargained again at the Mount. We reached agreements on a few more minor proposals but we still seem to be far apart on more major proposals regarding hiring and discipline. We have prepared financial proposals but have not yet tabled them. We meet again on Feb. 4.

This week we managed to add another short bargaining session at Dal on Wednesday.

Bargaining Update

Last week we bargained at both SMU and the Mount (online). For both we are working on wrapping up non-financial proposals – or deciding what is at an impasse – before tabling financial proposals. At SMU we seem to be quite close but at the Mount we are still in some initial discussions about some major issues.

The delay in the Mount compared to the other universities is mostly because the employer filed for conciliation last year early in the process. The conciliator advised both sides to go back to the table so we had a restart at the end of 2021, at which time we were lagging behind the other two universities. However, we have more dates scheduled for the Mount in the next few weeks, so that might change.

Bargaining Update

This past week we tabled our financial proposals at Dalhousie. Next week we have bargaining at both the Mount and SMU.

Our discussions followed the common steps of us explaining that we deserve a lot more money because other PTers at Canadian universities get a lot more money, and them replying that we don’t have a lot to give you and we don’t need to anyway because other PTers in Halifax (i.e., at SMU and the Mount) get the same. This time we intend to break this cycle of the three universities using the others as comparators to justify our low wages.

We also had an excellent presentation by Fallen, VP for TAs and Markers at Studley, who explained how a substantial wage adjustment would help marginalized groups, something Dalhousie has repeatedly promised to do.

If the employer(s) continue to deny us fair wages despite our efforts, WE NEED YOUR HELP if we are to gain any substantial increase in stipends! Please look out for further information, follow our campaign and attend future meetings (tbd). Wage Parity NOW!

Bargaining Update

We had bargaining days at Dal and the Mount last week.

  • At Dal we finished most of the discussion on non-financial items with the employer; however, we have reached an impasses for some of these items so they remain unresolved. We will table financial proposals at our next meeting on Jan. 7.
  • At the Mount we had further discussion on most of the non-financial items, trying to see if there is some common ground.
  • We resume bargaining at SMU and the Mount in the second week of January.

General Meeting — December 10, 1 pm


Our general meeting is Friday December 10 at 1 pm. It will include:

  • Bargaining updates
  • Bylaw amendments 
  • By-election for VP SMU Language Centre
  • Reports from executive and committees including Health and Safety
  • Refreshments, for those attending in-person

This is a hybrid meeting. You can attend in person at Seton 407/409 at MSVU, or via zoom.

Please RSVP for the meeting with our Membership Officer, Kim Robinson by December 9 and indicate if you will attend virtually or in-person.  

Proof of vaccine required for in-person attendance.