The employer and the union representing the auxiliary staff at the university could not reach a provisional agreement after 19 months of negotiations. Dear members, since Monday, the support staff of the University of Ottawa (SSUO) has been on strike against the reduction of wages and benefits, an orphanage clause in their collective agreement. Read more Toronto – October 16, 2020 – The University of Ottawa Auxiliary Worker Bargaining Unit (PSUO-SSUO) of the Ontario Federation of Secondary School Teachers (OSSTF/FEESO) has informed the employer that it has set a strike period for Monday, October 19, 12:01 p.m.m, after yesterday`s negotiations failed to result in a preliminary agreement. In addition to the tasks mentioned above, the support staff also oversees many other operational facets of our university that have a direct impact on the student experience. To date, the headquarters` approach to collective bargaining with UOHS has been uncompromising. As noted in our December 2019 bulletin, the record financial surplus of $91.8 million in 2018–19 corresponds to the total salary mass of UOHS members. On October 6, President Frémont announced that the university has a surplus of $36 million for the 2019-2020 fiscal year. In fact, over the past thirteen years, the university has accumulated more than half a billion dollars in cumulative surplus ($557.26 million exactly), which is in part services that have not been provided to the university community. Headquarters` refusal to enter into a fair and equitable agreement indicates a remarkable underestasion of the contributions of UOHS members to the success of our university. In addition, the workload of APUO members increases with the position of central administration and persistent delays in filling more than a hundred vacancies for support staff. That is why we invite APUO members to make it clear to their deans that they will not assume the tasks of the support staff in the event of an action or blockage. The APUO will provide further updates on a possible strike or lockout in the coming days. “PSUO-SSUO members strongly opposed the employer`s efforts to remove health care and other provisions, with 80 percent of members refusing a vote on the final offer imposed by the university in June.
The bargaining team does not intend to give members a provisional agreement that does not respect the contribution they make to this institution,” said Marcelle Desmornes, President of District 35 OSSTF/FEESO PSUO-SSUO-SSUO Bargaining Unit. Dear members, today we are writing an update on the ongoing negotiations between University of Ottawa Support Staff (UOHS) and Headquarters. As reported in our Bulletin of 14 September, very little progress was made at the last meeting of the two parties to reach a fair and equitable agreement for support staff. The central administration returned to the table with an offer “virtually indone” from the final offer that 80% of UOHS members rejected in June. . . .