University of Windsor board ratifies Unifor contracts

The University of Windsor’s board of governors announced on Tuesday it ratified new collective bargaining agreements with Unifor Locals 195 and 2458.

CUPE Local 1393 still on strike while CUPE 1001 continues to bargain

New collective agreements between the University of Windsor and two Unifor locals have now been ratified by both sides. (University of Windsor) (University of Windsor)

The University of Windsor’s board of governors announced on Tuesday it ratified new collective bargaining agreements with Unifor Locals 195 and 2458.

The agreements were ratified by the members of each local on Monday.

“I am delighted that we were able to do the negotiation needed to reach these agreements with our Unifor Locals. The outcome is reflective of our desire to have all employees working with fair and reasonable collective agreements,"

University of Windsor president Alan Wildeman said in a media release.

Highlights of the new three-year agreements include annual wage increases of 1.5 per cent and an increase of one year to the recall period for part-time employees on layoff. The agreements also provide greater clarity on the requirements for medical leave approval, the school said.

The university also said it will continue its "longstanding commitment that no one would be laid off so that their job can be outsourced."

Operating engineers voted unanimously in favour of their deal. The vote by clerical staff was 97 per cent. Campus police and parking enforcement personnel voted 92  per cent in favour of their three-year contract.

Bruce Dickie, president of Unifor Local 2458, said the deals show "we've got a pretty good relationship with the university."

Gerry Farnham, the president of Unifor Local 195, said he is pleased a strike was avoided.

"You've got to think of the students as well they want to attend school," he said.

A strike by CUPE Local 1393 is now in its 10th day.

The university and CUPE Local 1001 are back at the bargaining table, with a strike deadline of midnight this Sunday looming.

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