Representatives from Brock University and from CUPE Local 4207-1 have not yet reached a tentative deal for a renewal collective agreement, after 12 bargaining and conciliation meetings held since last fall.
Earlier this month the union asked the Ontario Ministry of Labour to issue a “no-board report”, which was issued on Feb. 14. As a result, the parties will be in a legal strike/lockout position at 12:01 a.m. on Friday, March 3.
The University believes the collective bargaining process can enable the parties to reach a tentative agreement before March 3. Brock’s representatives remain available to meet with the union, and a meeting between the parties and the provincially-appointed mediator has been scheduled for March 1.
CUPE 4207-1 represents approximately 2,000 contract instructors, teaching assistants, course coordinators, marker-graders and lab demonstrators. During the 2015-16 academic year , bargaining unit members were appointed to a total of 3,021 contracts, about half of which were held by graduate students.
Brock highly values its people, and works hard to maintain positive and constructive relationships with all of its employees. The University’s strength and appeal, its deep value to its students and to the surrounding region, can be traced to the efforts, integrity and successes of the highly regarded people who work all across campus.
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