The academic communities at Saskatchewan’s two universities have started a petition to their Boards of Governors demanding that the Governors instruct their negotiating committee to return, “in good faith,” to the table with their support workers. The CUPE 1975 workers set up picket lines on both the Regina and Saskatoon campuses after mediator Doug Forseth said the sides were too far apart. CUPE says,
CUPE 1975 members prepare for job action – Conciliation
talks fail to produce contract settlement
October 30, 2007 05:44 PMSASKATOON/ REGINA: Conciliation talks involving CUPE 1975 members at the University of Regina and University of Saskatchewan broke-off last night after the employer rejected the union’s proposed offer of settlement.* The union served the employer with the required 48-hour strike notice this afternoon.
“We’re very disappointed conciliation talks failed to resolve this contract dispute,” says Brad McKaig, chair of the union’s negotiating committee. “Our union negotiating committee made significant movement on virtually every issue on the table, including monetary items, in an effort to conclude a collective agreement, but at the end of the day talks broke down over the major issues of benefits, performance reviews and wages.”
The U of S says,
CUPE Rejects University of Saskatchewan’s Final Offer
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – October 26, 2007
Conciliation talks ended last night as CUPE 1975 rejected the University of Saskatchewan’s (U of S) final offer. Government’s conciliator, Doug Forseth adjourned the process in view of the Union’s lack of movement on the remaining issues.
The University offered a 17% wage increase over three years, which included wage, pension and benefit increases.
To which the CUPE workers have responded, one worker asking, “Was your calculator plugged in?”
The broader academic community has begun a petition drive demanding the Board of Governors insist its negotiating committee go back to the table “in good faith.”
The rampant right wing administration stomps on its lowest-paid workers, the ones who clean up the shit, and takes a 10% pay hike for itself.
It’s a sign of the times, isn’t it?