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Windsor CUPE Local 1393 strike is over

Thursday, October 10, 2013

The Windsor CUPE Local 1393 strike is over, with staff returning to work today.

Thanks are due to our learners for their patience, understanding and professionalism.

Gerry Cooper

Official update from the University of Windsor:

Today, the University of Windsor's Board of Governors ratified a new collective bargaining agreement with CUPE Local 1393. This agreement has also been ratified by the members of the Local, representing 281 technical, trades and professional staff.

Highlights of the new three-year agreement include annual wage increases of 1% in each year, with an exception for 16 skilled trades employees who will receive 1.5% in each year.

The issues of job evaluation and bumping were particularly challenging during negotiations. In the new agreement, language has been introduced to clarify the job evaluation process, and to provide new terms of reference and benchmarks for the Joint Job Evaluation Committee. Going forward, all job evaluations will be based upon this new language. For those evaluations that were initiated during the last collective agreement, full retroactive pay for any wage increases resulting from evaluation will be provided. For new job evaluation requests, retroactive pay will be capped at six months.

Regarding bumping, a new 18 day streamlined process has been implemented. During that period, from the time of notification that a position is being closed, employees will have the opportunity to review as wide a range of options as possible. Then, from those options, they will be given the opportunity to "bump (test drive)" a maximum of two positions for which they are qualified.

The University and the union also recognized the importance of student employment, and jointly agreed to work together to preserve and encourage it.

Dr. Alan Wildeman, President and Vice-Chancellor said, "I am delighted that our employees are returning to work. Our entire campus community welcomes them back. I give my full respect and appreciation to the bargaining teams on both sides for their commitment and hard work to arrive at a new collective agreement."