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Collective bargaining updates: faculty and professional support

NSCC Collective bargaining

Updated: Friday, Mar. 1, 2024

The Atlantic Academic Union (AAU) and NSCC have been working since August 2023 toward reaching collective agreements on behalf of Faculty and Professional Support colleagues.

The majority of proposals were mutually resolved at the bargaining table, and included proposals related to shared priorities in the working and learning environment such as faculty workload and professional development.

Conciliators file report indicating an impasse

On February 21 and 22, bargaining teams with the AAU and NSCC met with provincially appointed conciliation officers with the goal of reaching a collective agreement. After two days of scheduled meetings, the conciliation officers declared an impasse. While an impasse means the conciliation officers do not think they can help resolve outstanding issues at the bargaining table. An impasse does not mean a strike is certain.

On February 29, the conciliation officers filed their report with the Minister of Labour, Skills and Immigration.

Next steps: What happens now?

This initiates a 14-day cooling-off period (beginning March 1) during which legal job action cannot take place. The Union must provide a minimum of 48 hours’ notice before taking job action. They can provide that notice anytime during or after the cooling-off period (and within 6 months of an impasse being declared).

The conciliators will be scheduling a meeting with the AAU and NSCC bargaining teams before the cooling-off period ends (March 14). This meeting and every day leading up to it is an opportunity to reach agreements without job action.

We know the significant impact a strike would have on our employees, our students, and our entire College community and remain committed to reaching collective agreements without job action.

We will continue to share updates with employees and students on Connect and through email.

Timeline of activity

  • Mar. 1, 2024 to Mar. 14, 2024: Waiting or “cooling off” period following the filed report. During this time, no job action can take place (See step 6).
  • Feb. 29, 2024: The conciliation officers filed their report with the Minister of Labour, Skills and Immigration (see step 5).
  • Feb. 21, 2024 to Feb. 22, 2024: Conciliation meetings took place and ended without full agreement on the remaining terms. 
  • Jan. 31, 2024: Conciliation officer advises meetings scheduled for Feb. 21 and 22 (see step 3).
  • Jan. 29, 2024: Conciliation officer proposes a range of meeting dates to both parties.
  • Jan. 26, 2024: Conciliation officer appointed.
  • Jan.19, 2024: AAU bargaining team files for conciliation.
  • August 2023 to Jan.19, 2024: College and AAU participate in approximately 30 meeting days that were positive, respectful and productive.

Steps of conciliation

This table shows the steps of conciliation, but the duration and timing of these steps can change. The steps and estimated duration for the process include:

Steps in conciliation Estimated duration or timing
1 One or both parties (employer or union) decides help is needed to resolve outstanding items. They advise the Minister, Labour, Skills and Immigration. 1-2 business days
2 Provincial Conciliation and Mediation Services appoints a conciliator. 14 days (can vary)
3 Conciliator arranges meetings with both parties. 14 days (can vary)
4 Conciliation meetings. Continue until agreement is reached or until conciliation officer decides an agreement cannot be reached through additional meetings (impasse)
5 If agreement is not reached, conciliator files a report with the Minister indicating an impasse.
6 Waiting or “cooling off” period after report is filed. During this time, no job action can take place. 14 days
7 Notice of job action can be provided by either party any time after the report is filed. Parties have 6 months following the report being filed to take job action. Unions must have a strike mandate in place. 48 hours notice required (minimum)
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