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Laurier custodians, groundskeepers and trades workers facing work stoppage

Wilfrid Laurier University groundskeepers and trades workers face a possible work stoppage as early as Sunday as both sides in a simmering labour dispute try to negotiate a deal before the looming deadline.

Both sides will be in a legal strike or lockout position as of midnight Sunday

Both sides in a labour dispute between Wilfrid Laurier University and the union representing 110 workers have until Sunday before they are in a legal strike or lockout position. (GatorEG/Wikipedia)

Wilfrid Laurier University groundskeepers and trades workers face a possible work stoppage as early as Sunday as both sides in a simmering labour dispute try to negotiate a deal before the looming deadline. 

Management filed a no board report with the Ministry of Labour last week, triggering a 17-day countdown to when both sides will be in a legal strike or lockout position. 

In a press release issued Monday, the Canadian Union of Public Employees Local 926, the union representing the 110 workers, accused the university of "bully tactics," saying management wants concessions that would pay "poverty wages" and would "effectively give the university 'carte blanche' to contract out custodial work." 

In a June 30 statement on its website, Laurier said it denies the allegation and it is committed to reaching a deal with the union. 

The workers have been without a contract since June 30, 2015.