Over the course of late July and August we met with the employer on several occasions. Nothing was accomplished.
The employer did not acknowledge our concerns and priorities regarding Roles and Responsibilities. While there has been ongoing discussion regarding benefits nothing has been officially agreed upon or ‘signed’. Our efforts to clarify these issues and express our concerns have met with further obfuscation. We also have been unable to reach agreement on the minimum number of weekly hours for contracts. The employer also refused to acknowledge provisions for circumstances unique to the Glendon library.
At the next meeting the bargaining team will submit articles which adhere closely in format, practice, language, and spirit to existing CUPE collective agreements. The employer, however, has argued that since Unit 4 is creating a ‘first contract’ it is not bound by existing precedent and is justified in setting any standard back thirty years or more.
The next bargaining meeting will be held on Thursday, September 23, 2:30-5pm, at N926N Ross.