Published on 05 Jan 2009 at 06:48 am
Since negotiations resumed Saturday, Jan. 3rd between CUPE 3903 and York University, our Bargaining Team has been working hard on an equitable deal for our members.
As the hours and days pass in what was meant to be the first week of winter classes, all eyes are on negotiations. The media are pressing for information and speculating on solutions that they, as reporters, could announce to students and the public. Among their questions is whether the Ontario Government should intervene with legislation to force an end to our dispute…. a potential disaster for CUPE 3903 and ALL Ontario public sector workers.
SAY NO to government intervention. GO WRITE on the discussion boards of the newspapers and broadcasters watching us. CONTACT the Premier Dalton McGuinty and Minister of Labour Fonseca to voice your opposition (see below). LINK HERE to see the results of the Jan. 4th CP24 Online Poll.
Below are 5 reasons why back-to-work legislation is a bad idea:
1. Back-to-work legislation subverts our legal right to collective bargaining.
2. Back-to-work imposes binding arbitration, which York University has been using as their excuse for effectively not negotiating since September, 2008.
3. Back-to-work sets a precedent for all public sector and public service workers in Ontario, signalling that a recession becomes the justification for threatening ALL of our legal rights to negotiate, bargain and strike.
4. Back-to-work sends a message to public sector employers that they don’t need to negotiate in good faith with their employees.
5. Back-to-work sends a message to public sector workers that – even as our jobs, services, programs and institutions become critically important to support large populations enduring economic and social hardship in a recession – the government will not prioritize adequate, appropriate and necessary public funds to these sectors.