Strike mandate signals time to resume serious bargaining
Excerpt from: OPSEU News January 13, 2010
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In a show of province-wide support, community college faculty have given their bargaining team a strike mandate in a move that tells management it’s time to negotiate seriously.
“Our members have delivered a clear statement. If management is serious about reaching a settlement then it’s time they returned to the bargaining table with the singular goal of reaching an agreement,” said Ontario Public Service
Employees Union (OPSEU) president Warren (Smokey) Thomas.
“With today’s strike vote we are saying the time for inflexibility by management is finished. Let’s get down to negotiations and the sooner the better.”
Faculty at 18 of 24 colleges voted to give their bargaining team a mandate to call a strike if negotiations are unsuccessful. OPSEU represents more than 9,000 full-time college professors, counselors and librarians.