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November 7, 2012

Camosun College and its support workers union, the Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE) Local 2081, are currently in the process of negotiating a new collective agreement.

On Wednesday, November 6, 2012, CUPE informed the College that it would be taking a strike vote with its members on Saturday November 10, 2012. There have been strike votes taken at a number of institutions.

The College takes the vote very seriously but remains hopeful that resolution will be found. Taking a strike vote is one step in a process and does not necessarily mean there will be a strike. Negotiations can continue even though a strike vote has been held.

In addition, before strike action can commence, the union must serve the College with strike notice. Seventy-two hours must elapse between service and the time when strike action can take place. If a mediator is appointed by the Labour Relations Board, the mediation process must be exhausted before a strike can commence.

Job action by a union can take many forms, with varying impacts on our students and operations. For example, a union could work-to-rule, engage in an overtime ban, or organize selective or limited picketing. Accordingly, it is important to remember that the union can take job action in a number of ways short of a full strike, and it is important to note that the College remains committed to working with the parties to reach a negotiated agreement with our CUPE members.

The College's priority is to continue to work with CUPE and its members to maintain institutional and educational excellence. These are early days and we will provide updates as available.

Please note, that should there be any change in the College's operations we will let you know by posting information on the College web site.

Last updated: November 7, 2012 3:47 pm

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