Western University and CUPE Local 2692, which represents approximately 630 hospitality service workers, reached a tentative contract agreement Thursday, July 31, 2014.
The negotiating teams have agreed to recommend the tentative agreement to their respective parties and to keep the terms of the settlement confidential until ratification by members and the Board of Governors is complete. Local 2692 has scheduled a meeting for Aug. 6, 8 p.m. at the Labatt Health Science building. The Board of Governors next scheduled meeting is Sept. 23.
The union represents food services assistants, food supervisors, cooks, chefs and food stores persons. Their contract expired June 30.
Negotiations between Western University and CUPE Local 2692 are scheduled to resume today, July 31. The union represents approximately 630 food services assistants, food supervisors, cooks, chefs and food stores persons in Western’s Hospitality Services department.
On July 22, at the request of the University, The Ontario Ministry of Labour issued a ‘no board’ report, establishing August 8 as the earliest date that a strike or lockout can be called.
CUPE Local 2692 is holding an information meeting for its members on August 6 at 8 p.m. (Labatt Health Sciences Building).
"The University values the contribution of these employees, who are an important part of the Western student experience, and we remain hopeful today's negotiations will bring us closer to an agreement,” says Helen Connell, Western’s Associate Vice-President, Communications & Public Affairs. “However, the University has a responsibility to ensure we meet the needs of our campus community, particularly the more than 5,000 new students coming in to our residences. To that end, contingency planning is well underway.
”The contract with the hospitality workers expired June 30, 2014 and negotiations to reach a new agreement began May 26, 2014.
Western requested on Tuesday that the Ontario Ministry of Labour issue a ‘no board’ report in relation to negotiations between the University and CUPE Local 2692, which represents approximately 630 hospitality workers.The request for the no board report means 17 days after it is issued, a legal strike, or lockout, can be called. The 630 unionized employees work as food services assistants, food supervisors, cooks and chefs in Western’s Hospitality Services department. The union has called a membership meeting for early August.“Western values the contribution of these employees and the administration is fully committed to achieving a negotiated settlement,” said Helen Connell, associate vice-president, Communications and Public Affairs.Connell said, while the university is willing to return to the negotiations table at any time, contingency planning is underway should there be a labour disruption.The contract with the hospitality workers expired June 30 and negotiations to reach a new agreement began May 26.
Negotiations between Western University and CUPE Local 2692 are underway. The union represents 629 food services assistants, food supervisors, cooks, chefs and food stores persons in Western’s Hospitality Services department. The two sides met on May 26 and June 5. At the request of the union, the two sides will meet with a conciliator on July 10. The union’s last collective agreement expired on June 30, 2014.