Talks break down for OPSEU/NUPGE members; arbitrator sought.
Ontario college faculty members seek conciliation as bargaining reaches impasse.
OPSEU members give bargaining committee overwhelming stirke mandate.
“Management at CLQW is almost one to one! That is simply not the best way to maximize resources,” said Local President Cathy Suijker.
“The numbers are staggering,” said OPSEU President Warren (Smokey) Thomas. “From 2003 to 2007 alone, the LCBO permitted close to $1 billion in retail alcohol sales to be sold through private agency stores."
"Our members have done their part; the wage freeze we took likely saved Trent close to a million dollars. Now they want to claw back our pension. This is unacceptable." - OPSEU bargaining chair, Rose Dunford.
“We believe that workers at Meaford are worth as much as others providing the same services to their communities.” - Debbie Farrar, OPSEU President at CLM.
“Our members are the second-lowest paid CMHA employees in the province,” said Tischa Forster, OPSEU Local President. “The employer’s offer doesn’t come close to the industry norms for mental health professionals performing this work.”
Community college academic members begin face-to-face negotiations.
“Positive labour relations are an important asset to all of us in these economic times,” Thomas said. “What we have here is excellent groundwork for moving forward.”