Conciliation begins for UWOFA-LA negotiations

As outlined in the last Bargaining Bulletin, very little progress has been made in negotiations with the employer. Over the summer the administration continued to drag its feet and has shown an unwillingness to make any reasonable proposals. The two sides remain far apart on core issues of staff complement, governance, and compensation & benefits. These issues prompted our negotiating team to call for conciliation.

Greg Long, a provincially appointed conciliator will join your negotiating team and the administration at the bargaining table on Thursday, September 12th. Further meetings have also been scheduled for September 13th and 16th.

If the two sides are unable to reach an agreement, the conciliator could file a “no board” report with the Ontario Ministry of Labour, 17 days after which a lockout or strike is legally possible.

UWOFA remains hopeful that a fair and equitable settlement can be reached through the conciliation process.

Stay tuned for updates via additional Bargaining Bulletins in the days and weeks to come.