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Negotiation Update - September 6, 2014

On September 10 and 12th, the bargaining committees for the University and the USW will participate in mediation in an effort to negotiate a new collective agreement and avoid a strike.  This follows eight previous bargaining sessions. 

The University’s offer to the USW bargaining team includes wage increases and no concessions, or changes that will affect the job security of USW members. 

Negotiation Update - September 2, 2014

The University met with the Union and a provincially appointed Conciliator on August 26 2014.  Our discussions included the university’s proposed wage increase.  The main issue that remains outstanding is finding a pension solution that is acceptable to all parties, including the pension regulator and the government.   

The Conciliator confirmed that the parties would be in a legal strike/lockout position at 12:01 am on September 13, 2014.

NEW @ the U - New Employee Welcome Launched

Human Resources is pleased to announce the launch of NEW @ the U, a new employee welcome program.

The University of Guelph aims to provide both a supportive and welcoming environment to its new staff. We take pride in the talented employees we attract to the University of Guelph and are committed to ensuring they get the best possible start we can give them.  NEW stands for New Employee Welcome and that is the primary objective of this newly launched initiative.

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. 

Negotiation Update - August 13, 2014

The University and the USW 4120 have met on six occasions to date, most recently  on August 5, 2014. With the assistance of a provincially appointed Conciliator, the parties were able to make significant progress on outstanding language issues. The parties have August 22nd and 26th scheduled to continue discussions aimed at achieving a renewal agreement. Given progress made on language, the University is now in a position to table its monetary proposal on the August 22, 2014.

Negotiation Update - July 15, 2014

The University and USW Local 4120, representing our administrative, clerical and technical staff on the main campus, have been in contract negotiations since June 16, 2014.  The current agreement expired April 30 2014.  The parties have met on three occasions, with an additional four dates scheduled in July and August. The tone of discussions has been encouraging and positive progress has been made on resolving a number of language issues.

Summer Hours

Effective Monday, June 2nd, 2014, where operationally feasible, the University will be functioning under the guidelines indicated in the Summer Hours Bulletin.

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact Staff Relations.

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