IUOE Local 772 Operating Engineers on strike at Western!
October 12, 2023
September 20th, 2022
This week’s Bargaining Update provides an overview of negotiating progress so far and explains why we are now calling for a strike vote.
To date, the Employer has said “no” outright to 20 of our 55 proposals, while considering an additional 3 to be constrained by Bill 124. Twenty more proposals still await a response. The Employer does not seem to be negotiating in a way which takes into consideration the substantial impacts of the last two-and-a-half years on faculty workload and wellbeing, despite the administration’s expressions of gratitude for our service in their public relations communications.
If the current rate of inflation holds, Faculty could be looking at a 25% pay cut over three years. Bill 124, meanwhile, saves the Employer $1-1.7M per year. We would like to see those dollars reinvested in the core mission of the university, but it’s now clear that the Employer is not going to do the right thing without some additional pressure.
In the attached document you will find a detailed record of proposals and responses from both sides of the table, along with a Strike Vote FAQ.
We encourage you to come out to one of these two information meetings scheduled for next week:
Help empower your Negotiating Team to get the best deal possible for you, by voting “YES”!