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PSAC Local 610
University of Western Ontario
1313 Somerville House
London, ON  N6A 3K7

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Bargaining update: Tentative agreement reached

Dear Members,

For the past two days our bargaining team have been trying to achieve a fair agreement with the Employer with the assistance of a mediator. The Employer has moved beyond their mandate (which represents the best they can offer us). While the Employer has improved their offer, we were not able to meet many of your demands. The deal that will be in front of you is the best we can secure at this time. We have considered many factors and feel it is in the best interest of members to recommend that you accept this offer. Both Negotiating Teams have agreed to recommend the tentative agreement to their respective parties. An overview of the changes since our last meeting is below.

 Please note, a full ratification kit outlining all of the details of the tentative agreement will follow shortly. Ratification votes will take place on April 26 and 27, 2018. Times and location will be announced as soon as they are available.

For highlights of the agreement please see the last email from the bargaining team.

Because of the “no board” report, if an agreement is not ratified by members then Western is able to change terms and conditions of employment from what is in the expired collective agreement. Prior to April 13, this was not possible. After careful consideration of the uncertain implications of continuing in the summer without a Collective Agreement in place, and possible changes in economic and political climate that could in principle worsen the Employer’s offer, and the fact that the members on the bargaining team cannot continue on the team into future semesters, we concluded it is not responsible of us to recommend rejection to members. As such, our recommendation is to accept the tentative agreement.

While there is no lasting real wage increase, extended employment period or tuition rebate in the tentative agreement, we have secured other tremendous gains. We are confident that this is the best that we can secure through mediation. Your union can continue trying to address these issues in future rounds of negotiations.

There are systemic issues within the academe that we cannot address at the bargaining table while maintaining labour peace. What has become clear is that not only would a labour disruption be necessary to make significant gains, we would have to win that strike.

We have always been directed by our membership and no matter the outcome of the vote, will continue to follow your direction. We remain committed to continuing to always act in your best interest.

We would like to thank Matt Coady for his valuable contributions to the gains we have secured, and we wish him all the best in his research endeavors.

A special thank you, as well, to our Strike Committee and Mobilization Committee. Without your dedication and tireless hours of work toward our common cause we would not have been able to secure any of the gains we have.

We would also like to thank all of the members who constantly demonstrated support and trust of us throughout this process. It has made this journey incredibly empowering. You remind us we are not alone.

Please stay tuned for additional communication.

PSAC610 / SOGS COMMON INFO:

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