UPEI campus unions file joint unfair labour practice complaints

UPEI campus unions file joint unfair labour practice complaints
The employee unions at the University of Prince Edward Island have joined together in filing Unfair Labour Practice complaints with the Labour Relations Board of Prince Edward Island against the university related to their collective pension negotiations. These are the second and third Unfair Labour Practice Complaints lodged against the university in the past two days.
“The Board of Governors are establishing a troubling pattern of bad faith bargaining,” says Nola Etkin, UPEIFA President. “The result is that four unions, representing over 700 employees on campus, felt the need to act together to address unfair labour practices and bullying tactics.”
In two separate filings, UPEIFA, International Brotherhood of Electrical workers (IBEW), and the Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE), locals 1870 and 501, allege that the university’s Board of Governors has engaged in bad faith bargaining by refusing to bargain pension at a joint table of the unions and by refusing to allow the unions an opportunity to fully respond to the Board of Governor’s pension proposals.
An earlier bad faith bargaining complaint was filed by the UPEIFA with the Labour Relations Board on 28 April 2016, alleging that the Board of Governors had engaged in bad faith bargaining with the intent of creating the conditions for a summer lockout.
The unions on campus affirm their commitment to working together to protect the pensions of all UPEI employees and to ensure that pension negotiations proceed in a fair way.