All purchase contracts and university agreements are submitted to the OGC for review by the Public Procurement Department or the Academic Affairs Department. The only contracts or agreements that should be initiated directly through OGC are contracts that do not fit into either of these two categories, or requests for new contracts where there is no EMU model and the non-TWU party does not provide a bid. The Office of General Counsel does not accept requests for verification by email. The MTA employs about 24,000 people represented by unions other than the TWU.20 The TWU contract generally defines the “model” for other unions. If these workers` collective agreements follow the TWU wage model, they will cost the MTA $735 million from 2019 to 2023. Additional benefits without pay similar to those in the TWU treaty would cost an additional $45.4 million over the past four years. In total, this would represent $136.5 million more than the $643.9 million provided for in the financial plan for an increase of 2%.21 (see Table 2). If the MTA negotiates similar agreements (and savings) with its other bargaining units, it will cost $11.7 million more than what is budgeted for in the fiscal plan. In order to maintain the impact of the neutral financial plan, agreements should include larger savings, including changes in work, in order to offset the impact of these increased costs. In addition, the productivity committees for labour management established in the TWU Treaty should set productivity targets and present public quarterly reports on savings to ensure accountability. The OGC is not obliged to verify contracts or agreements contained on a pre-approved standard EMU form, unless the non-TWU party engages in changes that go beyond the obligation to complete the required information.
The OGC is not required to audit recurring contracts or agreements or renewals of existing contracts or agreements, unless changes are requested by either party. While these agreements may not have significant negative effects if all savings are realized, the MTA did not understand the possibility of offering “net zero” wage increases for which productivity would have offset the cost of all increases. Had it done so, the MTA could have significantly reduced its budget deficits from the previous year. It should not miss the opportunity to introduce labour changes in other collective agreements. At that time, the Office of General Counsel only verifies the legal adequacy of such contracts and agreements. Each division that initiates a contract or agreement must determine whether it is able to meet the terms and conditions, obligations and requirements. Academic agreements generally do not involve exchange rates (with the exception of grants) and include agreements aimed at promoting the university`s academic mission. . .