The Association of New Brunswick Teachers (AUNBT) is a Canadian 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. AUNBT was founded in 1956 as a faculty association and in the same year joined the Canadian Association of University Teachers (CAUT). In 1979, the organization was certified by the Industrial Relations Board as a bargaining partner for full-time university staff, both faculty and librarian, on UNB`s two main campuses. The first collective agreement came into force in 1980. Patrick Colford, then president of the New Brunswick Federation of Labour (NBFL), called the new legislation a “great victory for the labour movement” and the culmination of decades of lobbying by union activists. The new legislation means that in New Brunswick, “employers will no longer be able to recognize the power of a certified union to negotiate a first collective agreement.” The process of establishing a collective agreement for university workers has been ongoing for almost seven years. PTSU was certified in March 2013 by the Public Utilities Alliance of Canada (PSAC) and began negotiating a year later for its first contract. A year later, PSAC led an organizational offensive to unionize UNB staff members who are not part of the existing PTSU group. A lawsuit was then filed by UNB. In April 2017, Judge Garnett of the Court of Queen`s Bench rejected UNB`s request to deny UNION certification to PSAC.
Negotiations since the court`s favourable decision have been laborious. Finally, the two parties found themselves in a conciliation procedure in order to bring them together with a neutral third party. On February 14, PTSU members organized a rally on the UNB campus, supported by members of other campus unions. The interim agreement was reached the following week. Model of offering a contract to teach a course to a multi-annual student appointment (MYA) Negotiations on a first contract is often a long process and when the PTSU negotiations began in 2014, labour law was not on their side. However, in 2017, New Brunswick passed “first contract” legislation, one of the last provinces to do so. Bill 4, a law amending the Industrial Relations Act, was introduced by the Gallant government in October 2017 and passed by the legislature in December. Peter McDougall, Associate Vice-President (HR) Ryan Johnston, Labour Relations Specialist – CounselMoira Goodfellow, Labour Relations Specialist – Counsel Template to offer a contract to teach a course sent to a first refusal right holder (ROFR) or a trainer without ROFR. In 2007, the Association organized contract academics and in 2008 was certified for part-time faculties and librarians under the NB Labour and Employment Board.
 During the same period, the organization participated in a proposal by the provincial government of Premier Shawn Graham to replace three university campuses with polytechnics.  The first PTSU-UNB interim contract provides for retroactive wage increases to July 2016 and expires in June 2022. The ratification vote will end on 6 May. On 13 January 2014, AUNBT went on strike; they were locked up the next day. This was the first employment action in the history of the organization and lasted three weeks, until February 1, 2014.   AUNBT Collective Agreement 2013-2016 (PDF)AUNBT Collective Agreement 2009-2013 (PDF)AUNBT Collective Agreement 2005 – -2009 (PDF)AUNBT Collective Agreement 2001-2005 (PDF) A long-standing dispute at the University of New Brunswick in Fredericton and Saint John appears to be nearing a conclusion. On 21 February, the two parties at the negotiating table agreed on a first interim contract for the Professional and Technical Union of Personnel (PTSU). Members will participate in news sites next week and begin voting online on ratification of the treaty on April 28.