I took this from the U of G website (link provided in a comment here). It doesn’t get too descriptive but it appears that they will be in legal strike position by Dec. 1st. That only means that they have given the Employer sufficient warning of a possible strike and to go on one would be a legal action. That does not mean that they will vote on Dec. 1st for a strike. Unless the process speeds up at Guelph I don’t think they will be ready in time to join U of T and York. This is coincidence, if another University threatens strike it becomes coordinated. It does not say anywhere in this article that contract length is an issue and on the CUPE 3913 site I found the list of demands but contract length was not even mentioned. I will try and fill in this blank this morning.
Update on CUPE 3913 Negotiations
November 24, 2008 – Campus Bulletin
This bulletin is intended to update the U of G community on the talks between the University and CUPE 3913, the union that represents teaching assistants and sessional lecturers.
The University is currently negotiating a new collective agreement with the union. Negotiations began in the fall and since that time the parties have made progress on many outstanding issues.
The two parties have continued to meet with the assistance of a provincially-appointed conciliation officer, but negotiations to date have failed to result in the signing of a new collective agreement.
As a result, employees represented by CUPE 3913 will be in a legal strike position as of Monday, Dec. 1.
However, the parties have agreed to continue negotiations with the assistance of a mediator Nov. 27 and Nov. 28. The University is encouraged by the union’s commitment to continue discussions and we remain dedicated to successfully negotiating a settlement.
In the event of a work stoppage, the University will work hard to minimize the effect on students, staff, faculty and other members of the community. The University would remain open and continue to provide services.
We will communicate with the community on a regular basis to ensure that you remain informed.
Again, the University is committed to negotiating a fair settlement.
We appreciate your patience and understanding.