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University of Western Ontario
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Bargaining update- March 27, 2018

Today we met with the employer for the first time since obtaining your strike mandate, and receiving notice that the University requested a “no board” report. Once again, our negotiations were in the presence of a conciliator, who provided the rationale for the university’s new proposal. The conciliator indicated the employer may have some room left to move. We proposed a package that included some movement on the percentage wage increase in exchange for tuition rebate and extended employment period. We aimed to get the best movement possible from the employer to bring back to members.

 

 

The employer responded, delivering their last offer, and stating: “We believe the University has responded in a complete way to the issues brought forth by the union.”

 

Our discussions were productive and the new proposal on the table is significantly different than that shown at the strike vote meeting. Major changes include:

  • Language added for input into TA assignment

  • Increase to $190 starting Nov 1, 2018 and retro-activity in Extended health plan  

  • Increase from $130,000 to $175,000 in Financial Aid Fund starting Jan 1, 2019

  • One-time signing bonus of $200 to every employee as of date of ratification

  • Employees awarded with a three- or four- year external scholarship will be assured GTAship for at least one year.

 

There will be a final offer vote held soon (in approximately 2 weeks). Stay tuned for dates and times. You will receive a final offer kit.

 

We recommend members reject the Employer’s last offer. The employer’s proposal contains meaningful improvements. However, in our view the agreement does not satisfy the top three demands:

  1. Wage proposal is below forecasted inflation

  2. No extended employment period

  3. No tuition rebates

If ratified, this agreement will not improve significantly the financial situation of our membership.

 

The Team continues to thank all members, the Mobilization Committee, organizers and Strike Committee for their work in supporting bargaining.

 

We believe this is the best deal we could get from this Employer at this time. If the membership does not accept the Employer’s final offer, we would want to continue to meet with the Employer; however, because of the University’s recent actions, we know there is a real possibility of there being a lockout and thus labour action on campus. Since a “no board” report has been mailed, we are at the legal strike or lockout position at 12:01 AM on the 13th of April. The best way to avoid this employer locking us out, is to show that we are prepared. Please participate in picket-sign making tomorrow at 4pm on concrete beach.

 

In solidarity,

 

Your Bargaining Team (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.):

Matthew Coady, GTA and PhD candidate in Chemistry

Nadia Ivanova, GTA and PhD candidate in Anatomy and Cell Biology

Dmitrii Marin, GTA and PhD candidate in Computer Science

Shannon Potter, GTA and PhD candidate in Economics

MaryAnne Laurico, PSAC Negotiator


Active participation of GTAs is crucial to the bargaining process. If you would like to learn more about the Mobilization Committee and Strike Committee, or would like to become involved, contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

PSAC610 / SOGS COMMON INFO:

A significant portion of our members are also members of the University of Western Ontario Society of Graduate Students.