July 20, 2016
For Immediate Release
WATERLOO – Wilfrid Laurier University is pleased to announce that the university’s Board of Governors has approved a new contract with CUPE Local 926, which represents approximately 110 custodial, grounds and trades employees at Laurier’s Waterloo campus and Kitchener location. CUPE ratified the agreement July 17.
“I would like to recognize the time and effort put forth to reach this settlement,” said Max Blouw, president and vice-chancellor of Wilfrid Laurier University. “We achieved a fair and responsible agreement that is in line with other settlements at Laurier and across the university sector.”
The three-year agreement is retroactive to July 1, 2015 and expires June 30, 2018. Highlights include:
Pension and Benefits:
The university and CUPE began negotiations in October 2015. The parties met 14 times, including five days with a conciliation officer from the Ministry of Labour and two days of mediation. The union began strike action July 10, 2016. The parties reached a tentative agreement on July 15, 2016. Members of CUPE Local 926 ratified the agreement on July 17, 2016.
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Kevin Crowley, Director
Communications & Public Affairs
Wilfrid Laurier University
T: 519.884.0710 x3070
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