Carleton University reaches tentative deal with security workers

A tentative settlement has been reached between Carleton University and its security employees pending a ratification vote by the bargaining unit of OPSEU Local 404 and the school.

About 50 workers had been on strike since contract talks broke down March 9

Carleton University officials say the school has reached a tentative settlement with its patrol services staff after a strike that lasted about three weeks.

On Sunday, the university issued a short news release that said a deal had been reached with OPSEU Local 404, but details would remain private until a ratification vote by members of the bargaining unit and the university.

Carleton students walk onto campus past a picket line of striking campus security workers. The security staff had walked off the job after contract talks broke down on March 9. (Stu Mills/CBC)
About 50 security employees including special constables, dispatchers and student safety patrollers at the university, walked off the job after failing to reach an agreement with the school on March 9.

The employees had protested low wages and set up a picket line outside the campus lines at Bronson and University avenues, which had slowed traffic in and out of the school.

OC Transpo drivers, in solidarity with the campus workers, also were not taking their buses across the picket line during weekdays. Instead, they were dropping passengers off just outside the entrance to the campus at Colonel By Drive.

The buses are once again going to enter the university campus during weekdays, the organization tweeted on Sunday.

Garda security personnel had been hired to temporarily replace some striking workers.=