Lockout Looms At University Of Windsor

University of Windsor. (Photo by Mike Vlasveld)

With the collective agreement expired and a lockout looming just after midnight, talks between faculty and the University of Windsor are down to the wire.

Professor Anne Forrest, the new president of the Windsor University Faculty Association, says there’s progress, but her members are on the edge. “If we had been going on strike, we would have taken the initiative to negotiate a strike protocol so that there would be an orderly shut down,” she says. “We haven’t been able to do that. The administration hasn’t been keen to negotiate a lockout protocol, so perhaps we can read that as a positive sign that you know, they’re intending a resolution before midnight.”

A few weeks ago, the university’s bargaining team received a no-board report allowing it to lockout faculty July 3, but Forrest says the union’s intention all along has been to remain at the table until they reach an agreement. “They are the ones that are prepared for a stoppage and they would be making that choice. Not us.”

Forrest, the director of women’s studies at the university, took over as president of the union on Monday from Professor Brian E. Brown, who held the position for 13 years.