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Campus Bulletin

March 15, 2006

Update on CUPE 3913 Negotiations

This bulletin is intended to update the U of G community on the talks between the University and CUPE 3913, the union that represents teaching assistants and sessional lecturers.

The University is currently negotiating a new collective agreement with the union. Negotiations began in the fall and since that time, the parties have made progress on many outstanding issues.

The parties met Tuesday, March 14, with a conciliator. The parties were unable to reach an agreement and as a result, employees represented by CUPE 3913 could be in a legal strike position as of April 3.

However, the parties have agreed to continue negotiations with the assistance of a mediator on March 30 and 31. The University is encouraged by the union’s commitment to continue discussions and we remain dedicated to successfully negotiating a settlement.

In the event of a work stoppage, the University will work hard to minimize the effect on students, staff, faculty and other members of the U of G community. The University would remain open and continue to provide services. All classes and exams would continue.

We will communicate with the community on a regular basis to ensure that you remain informed.

Again, the University is committed to negotiating a fair settlement.

We appreciate your patience and understanding.

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