The trial since the positive court decision has been laborious. Finally, the two parties found themselves in a conciliation procedure to bring them together with a neutral third party. On February 14, ESPP members held a rally on the UNB campus, supported by members of other unions on campus. The provisional agreement was reached the following week. The process of developing a collective agreement for university employees has been underway for nearly seven years. The ESWP was certified by the Public Utilities Alliance of Canada (PSSP) in March 2013 and began negotiating its first contract a year later. A year later, the PSAC organized an organizing campaign to organize UNB employees who are not part of the existing PTSU group. In response, UNB filed a legal challenge. In April 2017, Justice Garnett of the Queen`s Bench Court rejected UNB`s request to deny union certification to psAC.
New Brunswick Labour Federation (NBFL) President Patrick Colford called the new legislation a “great victory for the labour movement” and the culmination of decades of lobbying by union activists. The new legislation meant that in New Brunswick, “employers will no longer be able to refuse to recognize the power of a certified union to negotiate a first collective agreement.” The Association of University of New Brunswick Teachers (AUNBT) is the union that represents full-time and part-time professors, teachers and university librarians at the University of New Brunswick, in the province of New Brunswick, Canada. Founded in 1956 as an association of faculties, AUNBT joined the Canadian Association of University Teachers (CAUT) in the same year. In 1979, the organization was certified by the Industrial Relations Board as a negotiator for full-time academic staff, faculties and librarians, at UNB`s two main campuses. The first collective agreement came into force in 1980. Contract Academic Employees, consisting of a bargaining unit of part-time trainers and librarians, was certified by the AUNBT in 2008. The bargaining unit consists of “all persons employed at the University of New Brunswick in a contract part-time credit course or who are employed as part-time librarians on or off all University of New Brunswick sites, with the exception of Deans, Associates or Deans Assistants, above the rank of Dean, the university librarian. Faculty members members of the Board of Governors, persons for whom a union has bargaining rights under the Industrial Relations Act and those excluded by the Industrial Relations Act. “In this tariff unit, there are about 600 employees who teach 1500 courses per year.