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Thursday August 14th, 2014

Posted at 5:16pm

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Members of the Windsor University Faculty Association have voted 81.4% to take strike action if needed.

The union says that the “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.”

The decision to hold a strike vote came after university administration informed the faculty association that 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%.

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.”

In an update to campus, the University says that “The University remains available to resume bargaining at any time. The University did not walk away from the bargaining table. However, the University will not bargain against itself in the face of WUFA’s continual denial of the fiscal realities of the University and WUFA’s unrealistic monetary expectations.”

At this time, no new talks at scheduled.

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