EbeneNews – CA – University of Ottawa support staff on strike Monday

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    About 1,300 uOttawa support staff were scheduled to go on strike on Monday unless a last-minute deal was reached

    « Our intention is to maintain university and research activities and our operations, » said spokesperson Patrick Charette. « That said, students can anticipate delays and possible service interruptions »

    « Our goal at the moment is to make every effort to avoid work disruptions before tonight’s deadline, » Charette said on Sunday evening

    The president of the provincial union representing the workers said he was « not without hope » that a deal could be reached on Sunday before the deadline for the midnight strike, but he was not optimistic

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    Members are ready to set up picket lines Monday afternoon, said Harvey Bischof, attending the Ontario Secondary School Teachers’ Federation Picketers will follow public health guidelines, including limiting gatherings to 25 people and physically distancing themselves, he said.

    Bischof said he expects the university’s operations to be disrupted in the event of a strike, noting that some union members are helping run the labs

    Negotiations concluded last week between the university and the bargaining unit, whose members work in administration, help with academic support for students and provide mental health counseling

    Classes will not continue as usual as some @psuossuo members (including myself) teach undergraduate and graduate courses Students should expect disruptions in their regular class schedules

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    Strike material delivered from provincial #OSSTF office to @psuossuo office It’s time for @uOttawa @recteurUOpres to get back to the table and negotiate a fair deal # FairDeal4PSUO picTwittercom / VfpWkG3hjO

    The main issue in the litigation is the university’s proposal to change the prescription drug benefits in the contract so that members pay part of the cost, Bischof said « It’s a very hard pill to swallow »

    Wages are subject to provincial legislation which limits increases for public sector employees to one percent per year

    Local union members voted 80% against accepting a “final offer” contract proposed by the university in June, said Marcelle Desmornes, bargaining unit president

    Charette did not respond to a question regarding the outstanding issues in the dispute

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    EbeneNews – CA – University support staff Ottawa is set to go on strike on Monday



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