Labour Relations

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This is the dedicated section of the Saint Mary's University website for updates on labour relations between the university and its bargaining units.  

Saint Mary's University's Commitment to Labour Relations 

Saint Mary's University provides an excellent environment for research, teaching and learning, and working for our faculty, students and staff. The university administration understands that faculty and staff are critical pillars of the university and vital to our mission and ability to create, share, and disseminate knowledge to the world.

Saint Mary's is committed to providing competitive terms and compensation for faculty and staff while ensuring the institution's sustainability. The university administration respects the collective bargaining process and is committed to coming to timely agreements.

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Saint Mary’s University and NSGEU Local 179 to begin Conciliation on July 18, 2023

Thursday, June 1, 2023

Collective bargaining meetings between NSGEU and Saint Mary’s University began on December 7th, 2022, and several bargaining sessions have occurred subsequently.

On May 25 2023, the parties agreed to a date for conciliation (July 18th, 2023), and a Conciliation Officer has been appointed by the Minister of Labour, Skills and Immigration. The university looks forward to meeting with NSGEU Local 179 and the Conciliation Officer and working towards a resolution.

The union represents maintenance, security, general workers and support staff employed at the university.