12 URGENT Potential Labour Disruption


PDAD&C#12, 2005-06


To:               Principals, Deans, Academic Directors and Chairs
From:     Vivek Goel, Acting President
Date:        September 11, 2005

URGENT: Potential Labour Disruption


We are writing to inform you that we have not yet concluded negotiations with the United Steelworkers.  The union has obtained a strike mandate effective tomorrow, 12:01 AM Monday Sept. 12, 2005.  Thus labour disruptions could begin as early as the first day of classes which is also Sept. 12. Such disruptions could take the form of a complete walk-out or other actions, such as rotating strikes.

The Union refused our request to provide our students with the courtesy of 48 hours notice of any work action.  Thus we must implement our contingency plans for tomorrow morning.

The University will continue to operate in the event of any labour disruption.  Our prime commitment is to the quality of our student experience and we will work to ensure that we are able to continue to deliver our academic programs.  As noted in PDAD&C #11 [http://www.provost.utoronto.ca/English/11---USWA-Legal-Strike-Position.html] other employees are expected to work as usual.

Contingency plans in the event of a labour disruption have been prepared. Up to date information will be regularly posted on the web and will be accessible from the home page at http://www.utoronto.ca or directly at http://www.provost.utoronto.ca/English/Labour-Action-Update.html

Registrarial functions will be available for students in centralized locations - please consult the web page for a list.

Priority will be placed on maintaining central IT systems that are required for academic operations. Other services may be limited - any changes will be posted on the web page noted above.

In terms of the commencement of classes, please ensure that faculty members are aware of the type of classroom support that they can expect during this period.  While there will be AV support to key areas (e.g., Con Hall and MSB), there will only be moderate support for most classrooms.   If AV equipment is not already part of the classroom, it is unlikely that it can be delivered.  Faculty should prepare lectures that do not rely on the use of AV equipment wherever necessary.

Support for teaching laboratories may be limited in some circumstances. Departments should review the use of labs in the early weeks of the semester and plan accordingly.

Please note that responses to room bookings for events for student groups and external groups may be delayed in the event of a labour disruption.

Other services not essential to the delivery of academic programs may also be limited. Please consult the web page regularly for updates.