In 2017-18, operating grants in the national budget were cut by several million dollars, money that would have been used to cover wage costs and expenses. The URFA recently voted in favour of a strike mandate in which more than 85% of the votes cast coincide. CUPE is holding a rally for 21 November to protest against the possible wage savings proposed by the university. “With this strike mandate, we can return to the bargaining table and negotiate a collective agreement that recognizes and appreciates the crucial role our members play in helping students at this university.” “These are valued people, we want to do everything in our power to keep relationships good. But labour relations can be controversial, and certainly collective bargaining, wages and benefits,… Sometimes defiant. “We ask the university administration to work with us to reach an agreement as quickly as possible to ensure the negotiation of a fair and reasonable contract without having to resort to professional action that would interrupt the students and jeopardize the end of the semester. After 40 hours over four days of mediaton, the University of Regina administration and the University of Regina Faculty Association (URFA) failed to secure a new collective agreement for U of R Academic employees. URFA refused: “When we agreed to include an “Add One/drop one” in the collective agreement, we thought, based on the statements of the university administration made at the bargaining table, that every term, every holding track and the retained university collaborator in the URFA bargaining unit would get an advantage from the add one/one in three year  of the contract.” In the 2014-17 collective agreement, the Add One/Drop One clause included rows of librarians, lab teachers and trainers, while in the renegotiated agreement, the faculty – a relatively large portion of university staff – was added. In the 2017-21 collective agreement, high wages, with or above their normal wage limit, are entitled to an increase. Another student, who wished to remain anonymous, was concerned about what would happen if the agreement was reached, as the university had proposed. “Unfortunately, the university administration is still not willing to reach an agreement that usefully addresses our key outstanding issues. Now that the mediation process has been exhausted, the URFA could be in a legal strike position as early as 28 March. “We consider the confusion that seems to have arised, but that [clause] was nothing new or totally drawn from people`s experiences.
So we look forward to continuing, the agreement has been ratified, it will last a few more years, and then we look forward to coming back to the negotiating table and negotiating another collective agreement with the faculties association. A little more than a month after a signed collective agreement, waves of discontent began to emerge among university staff at the University of Regina over the sensitive issue of compensation. Fair pay for university staff was one of the many topics that almost led members of the University of Regina Faculty Association (URFA) to take action for employment in April. Tensions between the administration, academic staff and even students saw new heights when the university went on strike. According to the administration post office, the URFA`s request for additional funding of $7.697 million would require a 6% increase and meeting positions of 11 to 15 per cent in the third year. This clause exists in previous collective agreements and covers increases that increase the salaries of different wage families (faculty, librarians, laboratory professors, etc.), as well as salary caps and caps in which these salaries are limited.