This bulletin is intended to update the U of G community on the talks between the University and United Steelworkers Local 4120, the union that represents approximately 800 University administrative and technical staff.

The University is currently negotiating a new collective agreement with the union. Negotiations began in late spring and since that time the parties have made progress on many outstanding issues.

To date, talks have yet to result in the signing of a new collective agreement. As a result, employees represented by USW Local 4120 will be in a legal strike position as of 12:01 a.m.  Saturday, Sept. 13, 2014.

It’s important to note that this does not mean there will be a labour disruption.

The University is encouraged by the union’s commitment to continue discussions and we remain dedicated to negotiating a new collective agreement.

However, given that a number of important issues still need to be resolved, the University community should prepare for the possibility of a labour disruption.

In the event of a labour disruption, the University will remain open, classes will continue and essential services will be provided to faculty, students, staff and the community. However, some services will be affected.

The labour dispute would only involve members of USW Local 4120, so if there is a strike, all other University employees will report to work as usual. It’s expected that picket lines will be located at all entrances to the University.

If there is a labour disruption you can anticipate delays and inconveniences while entering or leaving campus, and take these delays into consideration when planning your schedule. You may wish to start making contingency plans such as taking public transportation.

We will communicate with the community on a regular basis to ensure that you remain informed. Updates will be posted to this website. Again, the University values the work of all its employees, and is committed to negotiating a fair settlement.We ask for your patience and understanding during this time.