Tentative Settlement reached for Teaching Assistants and Sessional Lecturers at U of G

Friday, March 31, 2006

Written by CUPE 3913

At around 5:00 am, following nearly 20 hours of mediation, CUPE Local 3913 and the University of Guelph reached a tentative settlement.

The settlement awaits ratification by the Union’s members and by the University of Guelph’s Board of Governors.

An announcement will be forthcoming from the Union with times and dates for a ratification vote next week.

“It’s been a long haul, we’ve been in negotiations since October 27, and the 12-member Union team, despite all the obstacles, stayed the course and once again showed their commitment to getting a settlement,” said Toni Xerri, the Union’s Chief Negotiator.

Both parties are legally bound to recommend the settlement to their principals.
“The strike option became a very real one many times during mediation. With this being the last week of classes and exams in place for the following three weeks, the bargaining team is happy that they can get back to what it is they really want to be doing - namely, teaching and working with students,” said Xerri.
Details of the settlement will be disclosed to the members at the upcoming ratification meeting.

CUPE 3913 represents over 1200 Teaching Assistants and Sessional Lecturers at the University of Guelph and is the largest trade union in the city.

For more information, please contact:
Toni Xerri
Staff Representative and Chief Negotiator
CUPE 3913
519-824-4120, x56268

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