University and CAS to meet with provincial mediator
Wilfrid Laurier University and the union representing Contract Academic Staff (CAS) will meet with a provincial mediator June 15 in an effort to reach a settlement in the current round of collective bargaining.
The University is committed to reaching a settlement within a reasonable timeframe that is in the best interests of the institution and our students.
The University and the Wilfrid Laurier University Faculty Association (WLUFA), which represents CAS members, previously met for 29 days of bargaining and four days of conciliation, during which the two parties exhaustively canvassed and discussed their respective positions and reached agreement on many items.
WLUFA chose to end conciliation after four days. The University subsequently requested the Ontario Ministry of Labour to issue a “No Board” report, a normal practice at this point in negotiations and one that allows the parties to continue bargaining with the assistance of a provincial mediator. This is the process provided for in the Labour Relations Act and is the course of action that WLUFA and the University have historically followed.
This process allows both sides to use mediation to build on the progress made throughout negotiations and conciliation. It also sets a deadline after which the parties are legally allowed to strike or lock-out. However, the University believes a settlement is within reach and is confident one can be attained with the help of the provincial mediator.