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Library staff sign a new collective agreement

CULEU and Concordia look to their next round of negotiations with renewed optimism
November 30, 2017
By Sylvie Babarik

Concordia library staff sign a new contract with the university.

The university has signed a new collective agreement with the Concordia University Library Employees' Union (CULEU). The two parties made it official on November 30.

Guylaine Beaudry is vice-president of Digital Strategy and university librarian. She oversees library faculty, managers, and staff — groups that have seen significant changes over the years.

“Libraries worldwide are undergoing dramatic transformations. The increased offer of digital collections and services means that our staff is called upon to keep pace with advances in technology to better serve Concordia’s next-generation library users,” she says.

“I recognize that the negotiation of a collective agreement is a difficult and very important task. I am really grateful for the time and effort that everyone put into reaching this new one.”

Concordia’s Board of Governors approved an agreement in principle at the end of August — one translated into writing over the last three months.

Kent Cluff, CULEU president, says he’s glad that the negotiations culminated in a satisfactory deal for members.

“Both sides brought some very important issues to the table, so it’ll be great to be able to put this new collective agreement into practice,” he says. “And now, of course, we’re looking forward to the next round of negotiations which we hope will begin very soon.”

Roger Côté, vice-president of Services, applauds the commitment and hard work that led up to the signing.

“I’m happy that the parties came up with a fair agreement,” he says. “We’re looking forward to starting a new round of negotiations in a good climate, based on mutual respect and collaboration.”

Present on behalf of CULEU:

Kent Cluff, president
Kwabena Otchere, VP Grievance
Vince Teetaert, secretary

Present on behalf of Concordia:

Alan Shepard, president
Roger Côté, VP Services
Guylaine Beaudry, VP Digital Strategy and university librarian
Denis Cossette, chief financial officer
Carolina Willsher, AVP Human Resources
Sonia Coutu, executive director of Employee and Labour Relations
Lina Guerra, manager of the Office of the University Librarian
Andrée-Anne Bouchard, manager of Employee and Labour Relations

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