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(2011-2012 HR#33) Update on Negotiations with CUPE 3902 (Teaching Assistants and Unit 1 Course Instructors)

Date: February 8, 2012
To: PDAD&C; Professional & Managerial Staff
From: Angela Hildyard, Vice-President, Human Resources & Equity; Cheryl Misak, Vice-President & Provost
Re: Update on Negotiations with CUPE 3902 (Teaching Assistants and Unit 1 Course Instructors)

We have now heard from the Ministry of Labour that the No Board report has been issued and the legal strike date will 12.01 a.m. on Thursday February 23rd. The Mediator has asked to meet with the University and the Union on February 21/22 in an effort to reach agreement.

The University remains committed to reaching an agreement with CUPE. However, in the event we are unable to reach an agreement, the Union will be in a legal strike position as students return from Reading Week. An Academic Continuity Planning Group, with representation from every division, has been working diligently over the last weeks. Practical guidance and advice will follow shortly.

In the meantime, we understand that CUPE is asking individual faculty members if they may come into classes to speak to undergraduate students about what the Union is attempting to achieve in these negotiations. The University’s preference is that faculty members who wish to invite CUPE members to express their views to undergraduate students arrange for this to occur outside of class instructional time.

We will issue additional PDAD&C memos, as appropriate, closer to the strike deadline.