University of Windsor, Unifor reach tentative agreements
Deal averts strike by 400 members represented by Unifor while 300 CUPE members remain off the job
The University of Windsor and two Unifor locals reached tentative collective bargaining agreements early Saturday morning.
Unifor locals 2458 and 195 represent approximately 400 workers, including food services employees, clerical staff, operating engineers, mechanics, campus police and parking enforcement employees.
CBC Windsor's Gino Conte was the first to report agreements were reached following 18-hour, marathon bargaining sessions which started Friday morning.
The tentative deals avert strikes which were to begin at 12:01 a.m. Monday.
No details of the tentative agreements will be released until ratification meetings are held Monday.
Bruce Dickie, president of Unifor Local 2458, said the bargaining committee is recommending acceptance.
"I think it's a reflection on the relationship we have with the university," Dickie said. "We were able to, after a marathon session, reach agreements."
University of Windsor president Alan Wildeman is pleased the tentative agreements have been reached.
"It was a marathon session and we had a great opportunity to work with our Unifor bargaining team and we were able to reach some tentative agreements that we're really happy with," he said. "I think they are great for our employees and are going to be great for our students."
Meanwhile, a strike by almost 300 professional, skilled trades and technical employees at the university continues.
The workers, who are represented by the Canadian Union of Public Employees, walked off the job Sept. 8
Their key issues are job security, bumping rights and pay equity.
"I’m happy they got a deal,” CUPE Local 1393 president Dean Roy said of the Unifor locals. “I’m thinking CUPE 1393 and the other CUPE members that have the pressure on made some difference at their table.”
Roy said the Unifor deal does not pressure his unit to get a deal done.
“I don’t need more pressure to get back to the bargaining table. We’re ready and willing,” he said. “I’m there tomorrow if the university wants to be there. They have some free time now, I would think."
Roy confirmed a mediator has been contacted but said, “I don’t know where that stands.”
CUPE 1393 plans an informational picket for the University of Windsor Lancers OUA football game Saturday night.