Volume 92, Issue 61

Friday, January 15, 1999

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USC/CUPE contract under negotiations


USC/CUPE contract under negotiations

By Becky Somerville
Gazette Staff

Western's University Students' Council's contract with the Canadian Union of Public Employees local 2820 has been extended two months to allow more time to forge a new deal.

Negotiations on the contract began yesterday, although the original contract expired on Dec. 31, 1998. The union represents most full-time, non-managerial staff of the USC.

Neither party would disclose details of what they would bring to the table, however USC general manager Jim Walden said usually language and monetary issues are addressed during contract negotiations.

"The contract ended and we have agreed to extend it and cover the period of negotiations. Changes are applied retroactively," Walden said.

USC assistant general manager Gerry Shellington said while any negotiated contract could ultimately lead to a strike situation, it is highly unlikely in this case.

"Historically, we usually settle these things in a very short period of time," Shellington said. "We have a very good management relationship here."

Shellington was also wary of revealing any details of what his side would propose. "The last thing anybody wants to do is negotiate through the press because you lose credibility."

He added all terms and conditions of the existing contract remain extended until a new contract is settled in negotiations.

According to Vanessa Wolff, national representative for CUPE, both sides tabled recommendations at the meeting yesterday which she said went very well.

"We exchanged proposals and had some minimal time to reflect," Wolff said. "[We'll be] clarifying language of what was put on the table."

USC president Ian Armour said this type of contract negotiation is a necessary, progressive part of having unionized employees. He added the extended contract has no implications for students.

Of the relationship between the union and its employees, Armour was very positive. "This year has been great. It's very congenial, very professional."

Both CUPE and the USC have agreed to meet again next Tuesday after discussing the proposals with their respective colleagues.

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