The academic component of the university`s budget is such that it can easily be seen as a reduction target. However, academic salaries, whether in arbitration or a free collective bargaining system, still have market factors and comparisons that, at least in part, fuel expectations. rejected the employer`s request for withdrawal and referred to the absence of examples of such an outcome in free collective bargaining. He accepted the words of Adjudicator Peltz: as Simms put it, a “government mission” focused on reducing salaries atb for post-secondary faculties of education and research was not in line with the recommendations of the MacKinnon report, by which the government justifies cuts in higher education funding: in search of your collective agreement or the last minutes of session? Browse the list of downloadable documents. The university was asked whether legislation that delayed conciliation and introduced PBCO and ministerial directives into public sector negotiations provided a power to allow an arbitrator to ignore the parameters established by the parties in the context of this re-opening of wages. It was not in a position to draw attention to such authority. I have reviewed this legislation and I cannot find a legal basis on which I can change the contractual mandate that the parties have given me in their agreement…. The first point was related to the “provincial mandate.” In awarding the award, Arbitrator Andy Simms expressly rejected the University of Calgary Administration`s position that a “provincial mandate” can be used to repeal the provisions of a collective agreement or that it should play a role in arbitration decisions. In his analysis of the administration`s argument, he writes that, in its attempt to justify the deviation of its proposal from the contractual area of the conciliation agreement, it argues [The University of Calgary administration]: finally, Simms also discussed how the government`s expectations interact with market expectations for wage agreements. Simms notes that government pressure undoubtedly influences how a university responds to financial challenges, but argues that for Alberta, 77 cents of every dollar is used to provide post-secondary programming.