Misleading and inaccurate comments in University release

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You have likely seen the message regarding bargaining that UVic has put on its website. Your Union wishes to correct some misleading and inaccurate comments contained in the University release. (For the full University statement, see “Negotiations with CUPE 4163 (1 and 2)”)

  • The University claims that “ the parties have been bargaining regularly”. In fact, we have had at best one or two meetings per month
  • The University release states that they “are presently in the very late stages of bargaining with our six unions on campus”; however, at Uvic only CUPE 4163 is still bargaining.
  • The University also claims to be bargaining “under the provincial government’s province-wide Economic Stability Mandate.” The Economic Stability Mandate is clear that agreements are to be a 5 year term, yet UVic has not moved from its 10 year term demand.
  • The University claims that “University negotiators have not yet formally received a wage proposal from CUPE at the bargaining table,” neglecting to mention that a full wage proposal was provided to the University negotiators via email on February 2, 2016.