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“Honestly, we don`t understand. The university refused to explain what this means to us,” he said of the demand for wage reductions, which the province says is due to the pandemic. For the final year of their four-year collective agreement, umFA and the U of M government agreed to renegotiate wages after the Manitoba Employment Agency established the university in an unfair labour practice at the behest of the government. The union lamented that the university had withdrawn a salary offer. Supervisor training and support for collective agreements, human rights laws and employment standards “Some parts of our university community have already participated in our collective fight against COVID-19 and we are very grateful,” Finance Minister Scott Fielding said in a statement. The government has ordered the university administration to aim for a 2.5 per cent reduction in faculty labour costs as it negotiates salaries for the 2020-21 school year. “Students go back to university when economics has a hiccup… and they`re preparing for a growing economy,” Shaw said. “We think it`s time to invest in Manitoba`s universities.” Michael Shaw, president of the Manitoba University Faculty Association, says it`s another blow to its members who will go on strike on November 16 if they fail to reach an early agreement with the university`s administration. Interpretation of collective agreements and policies, hiring process, working conditions Three unions at the University of Manitoba representing non-faculty-related staff participated, but not the university faculty. A government spokesman said it was an attack by the faculty association and the university to reach the 2.5% austerity target by mutual agreement.

“But we need to be aware that an all-out approach on deck is necessary because of the unprecedented circumstances that all Manitobans face together.” Shaw submitted that the province`s approach was misdirected, especially as enrolment increased by 3.7 per cent this fall, mainly due to an increase in the number of part-time students. Both sides are already at the negotiating table. Members of the U-m-Facultsverband recently voted in favour of access to the picket line in the labour dispute. Last Thursday afternoon, dozens of vehicles and some cyclists circled the Manitoba legislature`s site and honked their horns in protest at the government`s wage stoppage. The Progressive Conservative government took a new initiative to achieve financial savings when the pandemic began emptying government revenues in the spring. Supervisors/Administrators, for Marcie MacDonald Staff Relations Officer 204-474-8393 Marcie.Macdonald@umanitoba.ca The government has set a 2.5 per cent reduction for faculties because it is the weighted average cost savings of the other three bargaining units: Unifor, the Employee Support Services Association (EESA) and the Canadian Union of Local Employees 1482.

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