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Bargaining Bulletin: March 18, 2010

The Negotiations Committee members have completed their work and submitted their recommendations to the Executive Committee. As previously reported, the Executive Committee will now consider these recommendations and reports. If members of the Executive Committee find other Articles in our Collective Agreement which they feel need review, these articles will also be considered at this time. The Executive will also review grievance and other activity to determine problem areas in the Collective Agreement, review legislative changes which impact the Agreement, and conduct other research to determine trends elsewhere.

In addition, the Stewards Council yesterday accepted the recommendation of the Executive Committee about the composition of the Team. I would like to take this opportunity to introduce your 2010 Negotiations Team:

Deb Novakowski, President and Lead Negotiator
Roy Forget, Area N Steward
Karen Foullong, Area Q Steward
Rob Fournier, Treasurer
Mary Hay, Business Manager
Dana Lowry, Chief Steward
Stephanie Macleod, Vice President and Chair

I want to thank everyone who put their name forward for consideration for the team. This was not an easy decision as each person had many great qualities to bring to this role.

The Negotiations Team, along with the Executive Committee, has set several evenings aside to meet and consider the above mentioned recommendations. This work is expected to take several weeks.

We will soon formally notify the UWO of our intent to Bargain (a requirement of the Labour Relations Act). We anticipate beginning bargaining near the end of May. We will do our best to keep you informed throughout this process by means of these bulletins.

If you have any questions or comments about the bargaining process, please get in touch with the Negotiations Committee Chair, UWOSA Vice President Deb Novakowski by e-mail or at extension 87574.