Postdoctoral Fellows Vote Tomorrow, April 26, 2013

PDAD&C#55, 2012-13

To:  PDAD&C 
From:  Cheryl Misak, Vice President and Provost
Angela Hildyard, Vice-President, Human Resources and Equity
Date:      April 25, 2013
Re:  Postdoctoral Fellows Vote Tomorrow, April 26, 2013
CUPE Application for Trade Union Certification


The Ontario Labour Relations Board ("OLRB") has ordered that a vote on the CUPE application for trade union certification of Postdoctoral Fellows take place on Friday, April 26, 2013, at the following locations and times:

Main Lobby, Medical Sciences Building, 1 King's College Circle, Toronto, Ontario
Hours: 10:00 A.M. to 3:30 P.M.

The Meeting Place, UTM, Davis Building, 3359 Mississauga Road North,
Hours: 11:00 A.M. to 1:00 P.M.

The Meeting Place, UTSC, 1265 Military Trail
Hours: 11:00 A.M. to 1:00 P.M.

The University has communicated directly with Postdoctoral Fellows to emphasize the significance of this vote. A copy of today's memo to the Postdoctoral Fellows from the Provost, Vice-President, Research & Innovation, and Dean of the School of Graduate Studies is available here: http://www.provost.utoronto.ca/Assets/Provost+Digital+Assets/Get+Out+to+Vote+PDFs.pdf

As noted in Tuesday's PDAD&C memo, the University has also communicated its views on CUPE's application for trade union certification directly with Postdoctoral Fellows, and that statement is available here: http://www.provost.utoronto.ca/Assets/Provost+Digital+Assets/53_Attachment.pdf.
 
The University requested an additional polling location on the St. George campus, longer hours at each location and a vote spread over two days, so that all Postdoctoral Fellows would have ample opportunity to cast their ballot. These requests were not ordered by the Ontario Labour Relations Board ("OLRB"). Therefore, tomorrow, Friday, April 26th is the only opportunity for Postdoctoral Fellows to cast their ballots on this important matter.

Please ensure that your Principal Investigator and Postdoctoral Fellow colleagues are aware of both of these communications, and encourage Postdoctoral Fellows to exercise their right to vote.

If Postdoctoral Fellows have any doubt about whether they fall within the proposed bargaining unit, they should vote. The University has requested that ballots be segregated, so that differences in interpretation regarding the proposed bargaining unit, and what bargaining unit is appropriate, can be sorted out later, after the vote. The OLRB has agreed with the University's request in this matter.

If you have any questions in the meantime, please contact Mary Ann McConkey, Director of Labour Relations at maryann.mcconkey@utoronto.ca or at 416-978-0465.