So York has released another update filled with of coy.
The University remains prepared to negotiate with CUPE 3903 for a fair and equitable settlement. However, the delays over the past two weeks give us reason to question whether CUPE 3903 is prepared to do the same.
Saturday November 15: At the CUPE 3903 general membership meeting a motion was passed preventing the bargaining team from modifying any of its 150 outstanding proposals. Asaresult, no bargaining occurred following that meeting.
Thursday November 20: At the CUPE 3903 general membership meeting a new motion was passed giving the bargaining team flexibility to negotiate with the University.
Saturday November 22: CUPE 3903 arranged to meet with the mediator on Monday, November 24 to review its proposals.
Monday,November 24: The mediator met with the union on Monday afternoon. Later that evening, the mediator asked the University to give consideration to meeting with the Union. The Union’s requested meeting date was Thursday November 27 – seven days after the new motion was passed by the Union membership giving the Union’s bargaining team the flexibility to negotiate. Given what is at stake for our 50,000 students, this one week delay in getting to the bargaining table does not suggest urgency on the part of the union to reach a negotiated settlement.
The University has advised the mediator that we will meet with the union on November 27. That date will mark the beginning of the fourth week of the strike and concern for our students must be paramount. In entering that meeting, it is our hope that the Union is prepared to significantly modify its current proposals totaling nearly 41% over two years, to enable the parties to negotiate within a reasonable framework for settlement.
In the absence of real progress at the negotiating table, the University will continue to recommend binding arbitration as the fastest way of getting our students back to class. Update on the Status of Negotiations with CUPE 3903
Oh yes, the University is the innocent lamb…
This looks like progress but nothing has changed. The University still wants binding arbitration if no fruitful negotiations (ie. a 3 year contract) ensue. The Union will not accept that. 3903 is a very radical local of the CUPE Union and they will not capitulate to York’s hard ball games and miss the 2010 collective bargaining fiesta.
Full update available at: http://webapps.yorku.ca/NegotiationsUpdates/doc/Communication8.pdf#mce_temp_url#