Students Support Faculty's Choice to Unionize

Tuesday, May 23, 2006

Written by The CSA Executive

On Wednesday, University of Guelph Faculty and Staff voted in favour of forming a union and the University of Guelph Central Student Association is ready to stand by the new union as they begin bargaining with the university.

Students support the right of Faculty to make this decision, and will stand by them throughout bargaining processes. Though this will make the relationship between faculty and their employer more formal, faculty will be able to first update their agreement with the university (written in 1983), and begin push for wages that are competitive with those of other universities.

“Faculty have been underpaid and overworked for many years, and now will have the opportunity to negotiate everything into one collective agreement that will be binding on both sides,” says Bre Walt, Local Affairs Commissioner for the Central Students Association.

“We as students, recognize that this gives the faculty equal power with the university, and are prepared to stand in support with faculty as they work out a new agreement and move into bargaining.”

“This institution is renowned for its research and teaching excellence, and its reputation is put at stake whenever we compromise the satisfaction of our faculty and staff” says Jonathan Odumeru, Communications Commissioner for the Central Student Association.

The Central Student Association represents 17,000 undergraduate students at the University of Guelph.

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For information contact:

Jonathan Odumeru
Central Student Association
Communications Commissioner

519.824.4120 ext. 56376

Bre Walt
Central Student Association
Local Affairs Commissioner

519.824.4120 ext. 54407

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