WUFA Contract Talks Break Off

University of Windsor. (Photo by Mike Vlasveld)

The Windsor University Faculty Association faces another ultimatum in its fight for a new contract with the school.

Administration tabled a proposal back on July 15, which was countered by the union three days later.

Since then, WUFA President Anne Forrest says the university’s walked away from the bargaining table and is now planning to impose terms of employment laid out in its most recent offer come Monday.  She’s not sure why the school’s administration is changing the way it’s negotiated new contracts for the last 40 to 50 years.  “In the past, we’ve had our ups and our downs and our disputes and we’ve had resolution.  But it’s always been within the framework of mutual respect for the rights and responsibilities of both parties, and with a real respect for negotiating at the table so that resolutions, when they come, they come at the table, even if they’re a long time coming.”

In the meantime, WUFA is offering the university 16 more days of bargaining, as Forrest believes the gap between what the school and union want is not unbridgeable. If that doesn’t work, the union leader says options are open, and she’ll be speaking with WUFA members to discuss what action should be taken next.