UPEI strikes deal with faculty

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The agreement largely preserves existing terms but allows for a 7.25 per cent net salary increase—spread over four years.

The UPEI 2012 graduating class was the largest in the history of the university.

The University of Prince Edward Island and the UPEI Faculty Association have ratified a four-year agreement, the two parties announced Friday.

The agreement, tentatively reached earlier this month, was voted on by members of the Faculty Association’s Bargaining Unit #1 on Wednesday, Thursday, Friday of this week, and then approved by the University’s Board of Governors.  

“By working together, we have achieved a fair and equitable agreement for our members that puts our salary base and benefits on a competitive footing with our colleagues at other Atlantic provinces’ universities,” said UPEI Faculty Association President Betty Jeffery.

The four-year deal marks a commitment by both the Faculty Association and University administration to work cooperatively to reach a fair deal, and which led to the agreement being approved only three months after the previous contract expired on June 30, 2012.

The agreement largely preserves existing terms but allows for a 7.25 per cent net salary increase—spread over four years. Additionally, there will be a 3 per cent increase to the salary to offset a corresponding higher contribution by the academic staff to the UPEI Pension Plan, putting their average level of contribution to 9.04 per cent.

Both the University and Faculty Association acknowledged that it was important to solve the pension shortfall situation and did so through a collateral process.

“On behalf of UPEI, I appreciate the efforts and hard work of both negotiating teams in putting the interests of our students at the forefront of their deliberations,” said UPEI President and Vice-Chancellor Alaa Abd-El-Aziz.

“As we face continued budget constraints, an underfunded pension, and challenging times ahead, I am extremely thankful that this agreement will allow UPEI to continue its tradition of providing quality higher education and thank all those who contributed to the process.”

Organizations: University of Prince Edward Island, UPEI Faculty Association, Board of Governors Faculty Association and University

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  • Don't call begging for money.
    October 01, 2012 - 06:50

    Could we see a breakdown of professors' salaries compared to actual classroom hours worked? Please, none of this research c**p. No doubt there is a lot of actual research, which should be properly funded. There is also a lot of textbook writing, which will end up on students' required lists. We can also see a lot of swinging the lead. Is it just my imagination but don't faculty have a fully-funded lifetime medical plan?

    • sentance
      October 01, 2012 - 09:31

      Just your imagination I'm afraid.

  • Students will pay for increases
    September 30, 2012 - 18:46

    "putting the interests of our students at the forefront of their deliberations,” said UPEI President and Vice-Chancellor Alaa Abd-El-Aziz" ------------------------------------------------------------------------- really?? How is it in the interests of the students to increase tuition and fees to pay for the increases?? Students are not given much consideration at this university -money from tuition is the only thing that is important to UPEI.

  • Students never at forefront
    September 30, 2012 - 17:47

    Give me a break! Students are never at the forefront and their interests are the least of anyone's concerns from the President to the Union. They have proven this over and over again. But, these statements regarding the university's concern regarding students and high quality of education are the usual PR statements from this university....blah blah blah....

  • sessional
    September 30, 2012 - 07:14

    faculty union takes my money but I can't participate.

    • DL
      September 30, 2012 - 08:44

      To SESSIONAL........what do you mean?