The mandate of faculty relations includes the provision of the following services: contract negotiations relating to the collective agreements YUFA, OHFA, CUPE 3903 units 1.2,3 and 4, OPSEU 578 units 1 and 2 collective agreements. We recognize that full-time faculties are the driving force behind excellence in all aspects of the University`s academic mission and we share YUFA`s desire to build and renew the faculty complement. The past two years have already demonstrated a commitment to an increase in the full-time supplement of the faculty; and the university is particularly pleased to have been able to accelerate the hiring of faculties by allowing the search for 160 new full-time jobs in 2018-19. This represents a 58% increase over the 101 searches authorized in 2017-18, which is the largest number of searches authorized in the last ten years. For more information, click here. Following the review of YUFA`s revised proposals, the debate focused on the changes proposed by YUFA to the York Pension Plan (YPP) and the Long-Term Disability Plan for teachers and librarians. We remain in favour of open and collegial discussions aimed at re-emerging a new collective agreement. Five more meetings are now scheduled for September, starting on September 5, so that these negotiations can continue to be concluded. The negotiation teams of York University and YUFA met twice this week, with the support of a mutually agreed mediator, to help both sides secure a collective renewal agreement.
We look forward to continued negotiations and work on a collective renewal agreement. On Friday, 6 September, YUFA informed the University that it intended to seek the support of its members for a vote on the strike mandate at its general assembly on 17 September. We also hope that a new agreement will be reached at the negotiating table. Our next appointments are September 24 and 26. Let`s be clear: the university is not trying to remove rights or demand roll backs. On the contrary, we want to build on a mature collective agreement that will continue to recognize the critical contributions of faculties and librarians to the success of the university, in part by the second highest average salary in the province and the country. On Wednesday, September 12, the negotiating teams of York University and the York University Faculty Association (YUFA) met to continue negotiations. The university continues to work towards a positive dialogue with YUFA and is convinced that a new collective agreement will be possible through the negotiation process. To ensure representation, our executive committee, our negotiating team and some committees must elect members of each unit. The vote on whether we are prepared to strike, who will join our negotiating team and whether we are prepared to accept and ratify a treaty during collective bargaining, is still being done as a unit.