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Bulletin #2- April 23, 2012

Further to Bargaining Bulletin #1 where I advised that CUPE local 917 would be conducting a strike vote on April 19, we have been advised by CUPE that the vote has concluded with a 93% strike mandate. The turnout was not reported. As a reminder, local 917 represents about 400 FTE at UVic, comprising trades, grounds workers, security officers, facility attendants and janitorial, maintenance and food service workers, among others.

As I noted last week, it is not uncommon for a union to take a strike vote (and receive a strong strike mandate) during the collective bargaining process and we respect their right to do so. Recently, for example, strike votes have been organized by CUPE at UBC and by BCGEU with the provincial government.

This vote does not change the intention of the parties to continue to move forward on our recent discussions with the assistance of the mediator, Mark Atkinson. We anticipate Mr. Atkinson to reconvene those discussions in mid-May. With mediation still in progress and the required essential services yet to be designated, we do not believe that any job action is imminent and we remain confident that the 2012 mandate will provide a basis for a renewed collective agreement.

We will continue to monitor the bargaining scene and provide updates, as appropriate, as the process unfolds.

Kane Kilbey
Associate Vice President
Human Resources
University of Victoria

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