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(2011-2012 HR#34) Important Update on CUPE 3902 Unit 1 Negotiations

Date: February 9, 2012
To: PDAD&C; Professional & Managerial Staff
From: Angela Hildyard, Vice-President, Human Resources & Equity; Cheryl Misak, Vice-President & Provost
Re: Important Update on CUPE 3902 Unit 1 Negotiations

The University intends to continue to do its utmost to reach a renewal collective agreement with CUPE 3902 Unit 1, and has accepted the mediator’s invitation to continue discussions on February 21st and 22nd, in advance of the February 23rd legal strike date.

However, we must also prepare in the event that CUPE does not accept our offer. We are committed to taking appropriate steps so that our students can continue learning and complete the academic requirements of their courses and programs within the expected timeframe.

If a strike does occur, the University will remain open. Contrary to the assertion of some CUPE members, the University will respect the decision of those Unit 1 members who wish to continue working. That is, the University will not lockout its teaching assistants as long as this remains operationally feasible.

The University will also respect the decision of those who choose to strike.

Those who continue to work will be paid on the basis of the University’s offer at the time the strike commences. An easy-to-use form will be made available immediately if a strike occurs, to determine who remains on the payroll and who does not.

All members of the teaching staff who are not represented by CUPE 3902 Unit 1 will be expected to engage in their regular activities. The University places a very high value on maintaining the integrity of our academic programs and on minimizing any negative impact upon our students.

Because it is difficult to predict what will develop during any strike, it is important that Chairs and Deans plan for the continuity of their academic programs under a variety of scenarios. Further guidance will be provided on means to maintain continuity. However, bargaining unit members should not at this point be asked to indicate whether or not they intend to strike.

The University will provide regular updates . These will soon be available through a link on the home page athttp://www.utoronto.ca/.

The University will approach the discussions with the mediator later this month with an open mind and in good faith. We hope to reach an agreement with CUPE and will keep you posted.