"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.
Peterborough (27 June 2012) – Members of the Ontario Public Service Employees Union (OPSEU/NUPGE) emloyed by Trent University have requested a “no-board report” from the Ministry of Labour which begins a countdown to a possible July 16 strike.
The union which represents 372 support workers at Trent, has been negotiating since June 6 with the support of a 95 per cent strike vote.
The Local’s current two-year contract expires June 30 and included a zero per cent wage freeze.
“We have been flexible and responsible in our demands and have put forth a reasonable package,” said Local President and bargaining team chair Rose Dunford. “But the employer wants still more savings. 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. We have already paid the price.”
The OPSEU/NUPGE Local represents members in physical resources, information technology, as well as secretarial, library science and administrative staff.
The National Union of Public and General Employees (NUPGE) is one of Canada's largest labour organizations with over 340,000 members. Our mission is to improve the lives of working families and to build a stronger Canada by ensuring our common wealth is used for the common good. NUPGE