Negotiation Update - August 22, 2014
The University and USW 4120 bargaining teams mutually agreed and were committed to meet today to continue negotiations even though the Ministry appointed conciliator was not available to assist the parties. The two parties have been able, over the course of bargaining, to reach agreement on the vast majority of non-monetary issues.
The University today presented the Union with a monetary offer that includes wage improvements as well as steps towards protecting the long-term sustainability of the University’s defined benefits pension plan. In addition, the University has reaffirmed its commitment to continue to explore realistic pension alternatives with the Union that is acceptable to both parties, as well as the Government.
While the University remains committed to productive discussions to achieve a collective agreement, today the Union notified the University of its decision to request that the Ontario Ministry of Labour issue a “no board” report. The request for a “no board” report means 17 days after it is issued, a legal strike, or lockout, can be called. As a result, employees represented by USW 4120 could be in a legal strike position as early as 12:01 a.m. September 10th (date yet to be determined/confirmed).
The University values the contributions of the employees represented by USW 4120 and is fully committed to achieving a fair and equitable negotiated settlement. The next scheduled date for continued discussion is August 26th. The contract with USW 4120 expired April 30, 2014.