WUFA Doesn’t Plan To Strike

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The head of the union representing¬†faculty at the University of Windsor calls a message posted on the university’s website disturbing.

The message reads: “The Ministry of Labour has issued a no-board report at the request of the University of Windsor, which puts the administration in a legal lock-out position and the Windsor University Faculty Association in a legal strike position as of 12:01am on Thursday, July 3.”

Professor Brian E. Brown says the union hasn’t even held a strike vote, and it doesn’t plan to hold one. “We are trying to negotiate our collective agreement, and we are not looking for a strike to settle anything,” he says. “Talks are continuing at the table. We have not hit any roadblocks so far, and we are not anticipating any. If the administration plans on locking us out, that will be their decision.”

Brown says most of the non-monetary issues are resolved.

The administration requested a conciliator before the two sides exchanged proposals, and last week notified the union it was filing a no-board report. The two sides met with a mediator this week in an attempt to reach an agreement before the current one expires June 30.