July 5, 2016
For Immediate Release
WATERLOO – Contract negotiations continue between Wilfrid Laurier University and CUPE 926, which represents approximately 110 custodial, grounds, and trades employees at Laurier’s Waterloo campus and Kitchener location.
The university’s goal is a negotiated settlement that ensures a sustainable and cost-effective model to deliver custodial services while protecting the jobs of our current employees.
The Ministry of Labour issued a No Board report June 23 at the university’s request to keep negotiations moving forward. The No Board report means that as of July 10, the university can legally implement the terms and conditions in its last offer or the union can choose to legally strike. Bargaining can, and often does, continue through this period. The parties met with a provincially appointed mediator on July 4 in an effort to reach an agreement.
The university provided the union with an offer for settlement on Jan. 28, 2016 and a revised proposal on July 4. Both offers were rejected by the union bargaining team. The July 4 offer provided grandparenting of the post-retirement benefits arrangement for all current employees.
The university remains committed to reaching an agreement that is in the best interest of our university community.
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Lori Chalmers Morrison
Communications & Public Affairs
Wilfrid Laurier University
T: 519.884.0710 x3067
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