Successful Strike Vote for Teaching Union at U of G
Monday, November 3, 20084 Comments
Key issues for the local are workload, health and safety, job security and tuition fee relief.
“This vote shows that the members are very supportive of the issues that the bargaining team has been advocating for,” says Trish Altass, Chair of Local 3913. “We’re not just fighting for ideas, we’re working to protect decent working conditions for our members.”
Members of 3913 have been without a contract since August 31st.
“What happens to Sessionals and Teaching Assistants affects the quality of education for students,” says Toni Xerri, the Local’s Chief Negotiator. “When class sizes go up, or tuition fees increase, students suffer.”
“When the union works for better safety measures, it leads to safer learning environments, too.”
The Union filed for conciliation on October 10th. The Union and University are meeting October 31st. The parties will also meet on November 7th, with the assistance of a provincially-appointed mediator.
“It’s a shame that every local on this campus has to follow the process through to a strike deadline to get a fair contract, but that’s the trend we’re seeing,” says Xerri. “We’re asking the community to support us and tell the university to come to a fair deal.”
CUPE 3913 represents over 1,200 Sessional Lecturers and Teaching Assistants at the University of Guelph and is the largest union local in the city.
For more information, please contact:
Trish Altass, Chair, or
Toni Xerri, Chief Negotiator