Faculty Association Negotiation Committee (FANC)
FANC is appointed by the GMUFA Board of Directors. The process to be appointed by FANC arises from the GMUFA Bylaws - Article 25.11
In August 2023, the GMUFA Board of Directors will invite members to submit an Expression of Interest form to be a member of FANC. The GMUFA Bylaws - Article 25.9 outlines the criteria for appointment to committees.
Please consider and include any of the following when submitting the form:
- Knowledge of the Collective Agreement
- The criteria of the GMUFA Bylaws
- Willingness to serve as the Chair of FANC
- Experience with collective bargaining
- Understanding of Interest-Based Negotiations
- Experience with negotiations
- Specific skills and abilities
- Communication skills, style, and preferences
- Knowledge of academia: within MacEwan University, the province or nationally,
- Appreciation of the diverse roles of faculty across MacEwan University
- Reason for joining FANC
For more information on collective bargaining please see the GMUFA Annual General Meeting Power Point, which provides information on upcoming negotiations.
Once the forms have been submitted, the Board of Directors (as per the bylaws) will interview those members interested in chairing FANC. Once a Chair has been appointed, then the Chair will participate in the interviews of the other members interested in participating on FANC. It is expected that FANC will be appointed by the end of September. Training sessions for FANC will be conducted in the fall of 2023.
For proposal development, the GMUFA will schedule meetings with members by appointment type, each appointment type will have an in-person meeting and an online meeting with the Board of Directors and FANC to discuss issues. The schedule of proposal development meetings will be on the GMUFA website.
Other meetings will be organized as needed to ensure a thorough understanding of members’ issues. Once completed, a survey will be sent to members and this data will be used to refine members’ concerns into bargaining proposals.
Members will be invited to a final meeting outlining the proposals for negotiations. This is expected to be completed by January 2024.
Please note, the GMUFA monitors the application of the collective agreement constantly and will include proposals for articles that have proven to be challenging. Also, past proposals that have been initiated with incremental gains yet not concluded are also included for members’ consideration.
Communication with members will be through the GMUFA website and the FA Communiqué. Members will be encouraged to send queries regarding negotiations to firstname.lastname@example.org and their email will be referred to whoever is best placed to respond (e.g., FANC or Board of Directors).
FANC members will be offered one course release each for the winter semester and one course release each semester FANC continues bargaining with the FANC Chair receiving two course release per semester.
FANC and the Board of Directors will be invited to all proposal development meetings, schedules permitting. GMUFA will ensure materials and proposals are consistently shared with FANC, the Board of Directors and members.
FANC then will take the proposals and review them and decide on strategy for negotiations in preparation for bargaining with the University.
Notice to Bargain will be given in January-March of 2024 as per the GMUFA Collective Agreement - Article 3.1.1
Once bargaining begins, meetings are scheduled with the University negotiating team and FANC can expect to meet additionally themselves to understand the University’s position and what strategy FANC may engage in to advance members’ proposals. A meeting per week is a reasonable expectation whether bargaining or in caucus (just FANC) in the winter semester.
The Chair's role is to communicate with administrative supports ensuring scheduling, information sharing, and timelines are followed. It is not that the FANC Chair actually completes the tasks, it is an oversight role. The GMUFA staff will ensure FANC has what it needs to function.
FANC, when strategizing, will decide on distinct roles at various times for different issues. The FANC Chair ensures the team is functioning and moving forward. The GMUFA staff will be providing support to FANC with research and administration.
Finally, the FANC Chair is the spokesperson of FANC for members and the University team reporting regularly to the Board of Directors. This may be delegated depending on what is required to advance members’ interests.
The Canadian Association of University Teachers (CAUT), which the GMUFA is a member, provides many supports for collective bargaining.
Chairs use many different styles to accomplish their tasks, and it is important to note it is done with many other resources and people.
Interest-based negotiations is a style of negotiating that involves a focus on the interests of both parties. It requires an understanding of what each party has interest in before any solutions are shared. It is through this process that either party can identify common areas that need work. Once the parties determine where they will agree to make changes in the collective agreement, solutions and ideas are shared. Writing the language comes last, once both parties have agreed on concepts and solutions. Consequently, FANC does not table language as proposals but communicates the areas of issues that members have indicated require change in the collective agreement.
Regardless of the style of negotiations, FANC focuses on achieving the proposal members endorsed. Outcomes will differ from initial proposals as collective agreement language incorporates the employer’s interests.
It is important to note that either party in any style of collective bargaining does not have to engage in changing any article or language it does not want changed. Neither party can impose a proposal on the other party. It is a negotiation requiring skill, finesse, perseverance, and patience.