CUPE Negotiations Update
Wilfrid Laurier University is in the midst of negotiating a new contract with CUPE Local 926, which represents approximately 110 custodial, grounds and trades employees at Laurier’s Waterloo campus and Kitchener location. The parties have met 12 times since October, including five days with a conciliation officer from the Ministry of Labour. After five days of conciliation the parties were unable to come to an agreement. The University provided the Union with an offer for settlement at 3 p.m. on Jan. 28, 2016. It was rejected by the Union bargaining team.
The University feels it is in the best interest of both parties to reach an agreement. Therefore on June 17, 2016, the University requested that the Ministry of Labour issue a ‘No Board” report. Seventeen (17) calendar days after the report is issued the University will be in a position to move forward with new employment conditions outlined in its final proposal including all retroactive salary increases and market adjustments. This deadline also provides the union with the legal right to withdraw services, otherwise known as a strike. The University has also requested the Ministry of Labour to schedule two days of mediation and is hopeful that the union will agree to participate and come forth with a proposal to resolve the outstanding issues.
The University values the work of all of its employees and is committed to negotiating a fair, equitable, and fiscally responsible contract with CUPE Local 926.
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