Committee Name: Negotiations Committee
The function of the Negotiations Committee is to ensure a fair and favourable outcome on collective agreements for MRSA members. The Negotiations Committee is accountable to the MRSA collective. Any proposed agreements, which have been negotiated, will be presented to the membership. The Committee is accountable to reporting back to the membership.
The Committee is comprised of the Chair, which shall be appointed by the Executive, and shall be an Officer, and four (4) elected members. All members serve for the duration of the negotiations process. It is recommended that members should serve in some additional capacity with the MRSA for a minimum of one (1) year prior to seeking election, and to have a thorough understanding of the University and its organizational structure and processes.
The Negotiations Advisory Subcommittee will act as a resource to the Negotiations Committee, providing insight, research and support to the negotiations process. Its role will be strictly advisory and strategic, and will have no direct decision-making authority or access to legal counsel. Subcommittee members will have access to the same information and research as the negotiations committee. The subcommittee will consist of no more than four members appointed by the Executive. Selection will be based on candidates’ skills and expertise relevant to the negotiations process. The subcommittee will be activated on the recommendation of the Negotiations Committee. The chair of the Negotiations Committee will act as a liaison to the Negotiations Advisory Subcommittee.
Roles and Responsibilities
The Negotiations Committee prepares the groundwork for negotiations on collective bargaining agreements, which includes the following:
- To collect data on other collective agreements and economic forecasts for collective bargaining
- To survey members on input on suggested changes to the collective agreement
- To correspond with the Executive on any concerns of the negotiation process
- To gather budget data of MRU
- To exercise negotiations with the MRU Board of Governors (BoG) as per the Collective Agreement
- To settle any provisions with the BoG
- To communicate information to MRSA members on any proposed changes to the collective agreement
- To hold voting sessions with MRSA members on any proposed agreements
- To meet with MRSA members in the event of any rejected proposal and to continue bargaining with the BoG