Collective Bargaining Update - CUPE Local 3902 Unit 3 (Sessional Instructors)

PDAD&C #33, 2009-10


From:   Angela Hildyard, Vice-President, Human Resources and Equity
Cheryl Misak, Vice-President and Provost
Date: November 5, 2009
RE: Collective Bargaining Update - CUPE Local 3902 Unit 3 (Sessional Instructors)

The University and the Union that represents Sessional Lecturers, Writing Instructors and Sessional Instructional Assistants (CUPE 3902, Unit 3) have been meeting since July to negotiate a renewal of the collective agreement. Our goal, of course, is to reach an agreement that is acceptable both to the University and to the members of the Union and to do so in a manner that does not impact negatively upon our students or upon our academic programs.

Although we have reached agreement on a number of important issues, several matters remain outstanding and we are actively engaged with the Union in an attempt to resolve our differences. The Union has indicated that they could commence a legal strike as early as Monday. The University's negotiating team is committed to bargain all weekend and will make every reasonable effort to reach a successful outcome.

If a strike by CUPE 3902 Unit 3 does occur, the University will remain open. All members of the teaching staff who are not represented by CUPE 3902 Unit 3 are expected to engage in their regular activities. The University places a very high priority on maintaining the integrity of our academic programs and minimizing any negative impact upon our students.

At this point negotiations are continuing and the University is hopeful that a settlement will be reached. We will provide regular updates on the progress of negotiations at