STRIKE!? Not yet. CUPE 1334 reaches tentative agreement with the University.

Sunday, March 9, 2008


Written by andrea bennett

CUPE 1334 - aka the University of Guelph's trades, maintenance, and service workers - were in a legal strike position as of yesterday. They held a rally in Branion Plaza on noon last thursday to raise awareness about the University's proposed changes to their collective agreement. The changes included cuts to benefits and pensions, something Janice Folk-Dawson, the President of CUPE 1334, found unacceptable.

Last night, the University and CUPE 1334 reached a tentative agreement about their new collective agreement. The agreement still needs to be ratified by both parties, but it looks like there isn't going to be a strike.

In other collective agreement news, the University of Guelph Faculty Association (UGFA) is in a legal strike position as of this Friday at 12:01am. The UGFA, which represents 826 faculty, veterinarians, and librarians, is establishing their first collective agreement. They have been in the process of negotiating this agreement since 2006. The University and the UGFA agreed to a media blackout, so there hasn't been any information available about the points on which the UGFA and the Admin cannot agree.

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