MB to pay UMFA $19.3M for interfering in collective bargaining talks in 2016

February 28, 2022
Manitoba Court of Queen’s Bench Justice Joan McKelvey has ruled that the Government of Manitoba must pay the University of Manitoba Faculty Association (UMFA) $19.3M for interfering with collective bargaining talks in 2016, reports CBC. McKelvey said that the government mandated a wage freeze and requested that UManitoba not disclose the freeze when speaking with the union, or there would be “financial repercussions.” “Manitoba’s conduct significantly disrupted the balance between UM and UMFA along with their relationship, as well as causing significant discord between UMFA and its membership,” read McKelvey's decision. “There was a serious and substantial undermining and interference with what had been a meaningful and productive process of collective bargaining.” Winnipeg Free Press | CBC (MB)