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Wednesday August 13th, 2014

Posted at 10:00am

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Two days of strike voting has begun for members of the Windsor University Faculty Association.

Advance polls take place today from 10am to 4pm, with voting also on Thursday from 9am to 4pm at the Kerr House on the Windsor campus.

The decision to hold a strike vote came after university administration informed the faculty association that the the terms and conditions outlined in its final offer will be implemented on July 28th. Members of the faculty association had rejected that offer.

The final offer had no wage increases in the first two years, but there was a 3% wage increase in the third year. The offer also had a lump sum payment of $1,000 in the first and second year, as well as an increase of $2,550 for “progression through the ranks” and an increase based on the Windsor Salary Standard. The contract also called for an 1% increase to faculty’s pension payments from 8% to 9%.

In an open letter to the university community in July, president Alan Wildeman says that “the offer was presented as a final offer. The University moved significantly beyond its previous monetary proposal.”

The Faculty Association said they rejected the deal because “it contains costly concessions and a wage increase that is below what other faculty associations are settling for.”

The union says that a they are seeking a strong yes vote from their members. They note that a “strike vote also enables WUFA to entertain a variety of responses to the employer — picketing of campus construction sites, work-to-rule, a work slowdown, withdrawal of selected duties — short of an all-out withdrawal of labour.”

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