Unifor Local 4504 members at the University of New Brunswick (UNB) signed a new collective agreement on April 11, 2023 that includes wage increases and other economic allowances, a new Racial Justice Advocate, and improvements to language.
“This agreement covers a number of different job classifications within the university and the bargaining committee managed to make gains that everyone can benefit from,” said Jennifer Murray, Atlantic Regional Director. “Congratulations to the bargaining committee on their successful negotiations.”
Collective bargaining began in March 2022 after the previous agreement expired on September 30, 2021. UNB and Unifor reached a tentative agreement on February 15, 2023.
“I think, speaking for the membership, everyone is fairly satisfied with what we came up with,” said Ernie Caissie, President of Unifor Local 4504. “It was a lot of hard work and a lot of good work. I want to commend the UNB team for their professionalism.”
Jeff Sharpe, lead spokesperson for UNB, praised the work of the Unifor bargaining committee in a public statement saying he “couldn’t have asked for a more engaged group of people to be in the negotiation room.”