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CUPE 1393 on Strike Following Days of Fruitless Negotiations With University of Windsor

WINDSOR, ONTARIO--(Marketwired - Sept. 8, 2013) - Following three days of fruitless negotiations, members of Local 1393 of the Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE 1393) are now on legal strike against their employer, the University of Windsor.

"We are extremely disappointed, to say the least," said Dean Roy, President of CUPE 1393.

"Over the past three days, our bargaining team repeatedly tabled proposals that we believed addressed the University's concerns, but these proposals were repeatedly refused," he added.

Local 1393 represents 280 skilled trades and professional staff at the University of Windsor who provide a wide range of services vital to the smooth and effective operation of the institution.

Members of Local 1393 have been without a contract since April. To date, there have been nearly 30 days of negotiations with University.

Roy urged the University to return quickly to the bargaining table to minimize the disruption to students and the campus community.

"This dispute can be resolved, if there's a willingness by both sides to resolve it. Our members don't want to be on strike and if the University puts as much energy and resources into settling the matter as they did into 'contingency plans', then I believe this could be resolved quickly," said Roy.

Through a Provincially-appointed mediator, Local 1393 will be requesting further meetings with University in an effort to resolve the outstanding issues between the two sides.

UWOSA's New Membership Services Officer - Meg Perinpanayagam

UWOSA is happy to announce that Meg Perinpanayagam has been appointed Membership Services Officer. Meg has been a UWOSA steward for
the past four years, representing areas B, R, and most recently, H. She also serves as the UWOSA representative for Western University’s Parking and Advisory Committee.

Meg holds a Bachelor’s in English and a Master’s in Public Administration. Both degrees combined with over 20 years of higher education/non-profit administrative assistant experience have given her a wide breadth of experience including: event coordination, project management, multiple-person scheduling, newsletter writing, conference coordination, volunteer coordination, meeting management and fundraising. “I want to use my education and experience to strengthen the foundation of our membership”, said Meg.

Please welcome Meg to her new role!

UWOSA Members Vote to Ratify Tentative Collective Agreement

Members of the University of Western Ontario Staff Association (UWOSA) have voted 95% in favour of ratifying a new collective agreement.

Details of the agreement will be released once Western’s Board of Governors approves the deal on September 25th.

Members of UWOSA had been without a contract since June 30, 2013.

Tentative Agreement Reached

The UWOSA Negotiating Team has reached a tentative collective agreement with Western’s administration.

According to UWOSA Bylaw 16.2.4, “Where an information meeting for the purpose of a strike vote has been properly called under Bylaw 16.3, such meeting may be substituted by an information meeting for the purpose of Bylaw 16.2.2 either: (a) by the Stewards Council at any time prior to the meeting convening; or (b) by a two-thirds majority vote of the members present at any time after the meeting convenes, but before it adjourns.”

As such, a motion will be made at the Information Meeting to change the purpose of the meeting to make it an Information Meeting for the Purpose of a Contract Ratification Vote. Details of the tentative contract will be provided at the Information Meeting prior to the polls opening.

Members will also be able to vote on the following day, Friday, August 30th from 7:00 am to 7:00 pm in UCC Room 379. Details of the tentative contract will be available in the UWOSA office, UCC Room 255 during this time.

Letter to Financial Institutions

In the event of a strike or lockout, members should approach their financial institutions to see if arrangements could be made to defer such things as mortgage payments or loan payments.

To assist members in doing so, a letter from UWOSA to financial institutions explaining the situation is available. The letter can be found here.

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