Update on CUPE 1334 Negotiations
September 13, 2013 - Campus Bulletin
This bulletin is intended to update the U of G community on talks between the University and CUPE 1334, the union that represents approximately 230 trades, custodial and maintenance workers on campus.
The University is negotiating a renewal collective agreement with the union. Negotiations began in the spring and, since that time, the parties have made progress on a number of outstanding issues.
The parties last met with a Ministry of Labour-appointed conciliator on Wednesday, Sept. 11, and were unable to reach an agreement despite the University’s offer, which included a wage improvement and steps necessary to protect the long-term sustainability of the University’s defined benefit pension plan. As a result, the University requested a ‘no board’ report, and now employees represented by CUPE 1334 could be in a legal strike position as of 12:01 a.m. Oct. 3. The parties have agreed to enter mediation Oct. 1.
We will communicate with the U of G community regularly about this issue. As noted many times before, the University is attempting to deal with a projected $32.4-million operating shortfall, and we are doing everything we can to reduce the risk to jobs.
The University values the work of all of its employees and is committed to negotiating a fair and equitable contract with CUPE 1334.