Important info on exams in case of a CUPE strike

Thursday, November 27, 2008


Written by Christi Garneau-Scott

CUPE 3913 represents Sessional Instructors and Teaching Assistants at the University of Guelph. The bargaining unit is in a legal strike position as of Monday, December 1st at 12:01am.

The university and CUPE 3913 have been in negotiations for a new collective agreement since the start of the semester. The university is committed to resolving the outstanding issues without a labour disruption.

Students are reminded that all final exams will be written as scheduled. In the event of a strike or lockout, all exams will proceed as planned.

Academic student leaders are working collaboratively and in constant communication with the university about student concerns as we get closer to the strike deadline. A Facebook Group titled “U of G Strike Information for Students – CUPE 3919” has been created to post current information: http://www.facebook.com/group.php?gid=40409130754.

Students with questions or concerns may direct them to the CSA Academic Commissioner at or 519-824-4120 x56742.

On behalf of your academic student leaders, we would like to reassure students that we are committed to making sure your voice is heard as we approach December 1st and in the event of a labour disruption.

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Christi Garneau-Scott
Academic Commissioner
Central Student Association
University of Guelph

519.824.4120 x56742
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  1. Posted by: Read the policy. on Nov 28, 2008 @ 3:46pm

    It's your job.

    Given the close link between labour and student issues on-campus the CSA believes that every effort should be taken to support workers concerns as they pertain to this university. In particular, the CSA recognizes the need for support during labour disruptions. In the event that a bargaining unit decides to strike the CSA shall take the followings steps:
    a) The CSA shall make public their support for workers during labour disruptions. This may include letters to the Ontarion, motions of support from the board, and petitions/tabling in the University Centre.
    b) The CSA board shall appoint a strike support committee comprised of at least one executive and at least one board member. It shall be the job of this committee to liaise with on-campus labour in order to develop strategies for support and solidarity.
    c) The CSA shall undertake necessary actions to ensure that undergraduate students are supported during a labour disruption.
    d) To respect picket lines where it is possible."

  2. Posted by: Christi Garneau-Scott on Nov 28, 2008 @ 11:36pm

    As you will notice under 1.10 c), my job includes ensuring that undergraduate students are supported during a labour disruption. I have been doing exactly that for the last four days. This has included meetings with both the union and the university. In collaboration with the college governments, Interhall Council, and Student Senate Caucus, the CSA Academic office has been working to prepare contingency plans to support students in the event of a labour disruption. Other members of the executive have been supporting the union through information picketing. My role in the CSA response and preparations is making sure the immediate needs and concerns of 17 000 undergraduate students are addressed promptly and effectively prior to a potential labour disruption. While I respect the workers' right to strike, my priority is to make sure those students are represented in any planning that is occurring at this time.

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