Strike Or Lockouts Loom At The University Of Windsor
Thursday September 5th, 2013
Posted at 5:03pm
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CUPE Local 1001, the union that represents about 300 full-time and part-time food service, maintenance, groundskeeping, and janitorial staff at the University of Windsor, has asked the Ministry of Labour to issue a no-board report.
“We’ve been meeting for months and have not made the progress we’d hoped to have made by this time,” said Dave Montgomery, President of CUPE 1001.
“That is why we have requested a ‘no-board’ report from the Ministry of Labour in the hopes that doing so, will help to focus our, and the University’s, attention where it needs to be, so that we can conclude a settlement that is fair to all parties and protects and preserves quality, post-secondary education at the University of Windsor,” he added.
The Ministry of Labour issues a no-board report at the request of one party during collective bargaining when the requesting party believes negotiations are at an impasse. When the ministry issues a no-board report, both parties have access to a provincially-appointed mediation officer. The issuance of a no-board report also begins a 17-day countdown to a lockout or a strike.
It is expected the University and the union will be in a legal lockout or strike position at 12:01am on September 23rd.
The union says that outstanding issues include contracting out of work.
Meanwhile, negotiations continue between CUPE Local 1393 and the University with the sides being in a legal lockout/strike position at 12:01am on Sunday September 8th.
CUPE Local 1393 represents nearly 300 skilled trades, professional, and technical employees, providing a wide range of services crucial to the university community, from plumbing and carpentry to nursing and therapy, graphic design and public relations.
The union is seeking modest improvements to wages and to maintain existing job security and job evaluation provisions.
CUPE Local 1393’s bargaining committee will meet university negotiators on Friday with the assistance of a provincial mediation officer.
“We have a few outstanding issues remaining, and we are willing to continue to sit down and negotiate an agreement; I’m confident one can be hammered out in the time available to us,” said union president Dean Roy.