Bargaining breaks down
Management files for conciliation
For five months, CUASA tried to move bargaining along and asked for management’s
financial package. Management finally brought their financial package to the table after
five months but, although CUASA moved and reduced our demands, management
refuses to move and won't change their proposal.
Management’s refusal to counterpropose against our financial package means that they
want us to bargain against ourselves—that is to say, they want us to lower our demands
without any corresponding improvement in their position.
Management gave us ONE and ONLY ONE financial offer. It has been packaged two
ways: once as a rollover, once as a three year deal but essentially it is only one offer: a
2.5% scale increase.
It is not only our financial package that management refuses to counterpropose. They also
refuse to counterpropose on our demands for improvements in benefits, an increase in the
Professional Expense Reimbursement, giving the members some control over their
teaching schedule, complement, workload, and many other issues that are important for
CUASA members’ morale. They say it is too complicated or too hard to do so at the
Normally in bargaining, both teams counterpropose against each other moving
incrementally so that their positions are gradually closer and they can reach a settlement.
By refusing to counterpropose, management is sabotaging the normal processes of
Management is unwilling or unable to resolve the situation that they created by beginning
bargaining with an ambitious agenda of issues but a lack of resolve to move on our
At our last meeting, management stated that they would apply for conciliation rather than
counterpropose on our financial demands and they did so on August 28th. Conciliation
means that the Ontario Ministry of Labour will appoint a conciliator who will come to
Ottawa and meet with both sides. At the end of that meeting, the conciliator will have the
choice to file a “no-board” report. Once the Minister of Labour accepts that report, within
two weeks CUASA will be in a strike position and management will be allowed to lock
us out. We will keep you informed of this process and the dates and results from
COME TO THE NEXT GENERAL MEMBERSHIP MEETING TO DISCUSS
Friday, September 8, 2006 12 - 2 p.m. C164 Loeb