of Sudbury - Contract Settlement
30th, 2005 at 12.05 a.m. the University of Sudbury and the Union
came to a tentative agreement on their first collective agreement.
March 31st, at 5:00 p.m. a meeting of all support staff was scheduled for review of the
tentative collective agreement.
After the review, a vote was taken to accept or reject the proposal; 90 % of the support staff voted
in favor of accepting their first agreement.
members are pleased and satisfied with their first collective agreement which
will terminates on June 30th, 2007. This
contract included a 7 to 10 % salary increase in the next two years. Provisions
for part-time employees … Language for better working relationship with the
The support staff of the University of Sudbury would
like to thank everyone at the C.A.W. Local 598 for all
their help, support and encouragement.
A special thanks to Tom Datillo and Rick Grylls for
their continuous hard work.
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In June 2004, the
University of Sudbury support staff voted in favour of the
CAW local 598 acting as their bargaining agent.
Negotiations for our first collective agreement
began in September 2004.
During the first rounds of negotiations everything
went very well. Both
the Union and the University bargaining teams were quite
agreeable on much of the language.
The bargaining team for the support staff felt that
an agreement might be reached sometime early in the New
Year. When negotiations resumed in the New Year, much of
the language had been completed.
The Union bargaining team had given the University
the remaining issues, including monetary matters.
When talks resumed in
February, the University had only looked at our salary
demands and nothing else.
The University came back with an insult to the
workers as they offered a meagre 1.5 % per year over three
are some of our workers who are earning 30% less than
their counterparts at Laurentian University.
Consequently, talks broke off as a compromise could
not be reached. At
that time, the Union informed the University that it was
going to file for conciliation.
On February 22,2005, a meeting was held
to inform the workers of recent developments.
A strike vote was then held and 100% of the
membership voted in favour of giving the bargaining team
their endorsement. Once
a No Board Report was signed, three dates were chosen as a
last effort to negotiate a satisfactory contract.
Those dates are March 30, 31, and April 1, 2005.
If no settlement is reached by the end of these
negotiations, the support staff at the University of
Sudbury will be in a legal strike position.
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