CUPE 4163 (Component 3) Strike vote update

We have been advised that CUPE local 4163 (Comp 3) have tallied the results of their strike vote.  As is normally the case, the union received a positive strike mandate.  As mentioned in a previous update, it is not unusual for unions to undertake strike votes to encourage the parties to bargain to conclusion.

Component 3 of CUPE 4163 represents sessional instructors and music performance instructors at UVic. 

A positive strike vote gives the union a window of three months to decide and act on the form(s) of strike action it might introduce.  Note that before any form of job action can be undertaken, the Labour Relations Board (LRB) must officially issue an essential services order.   The essential services designation process can take several weeks and first involves discussions between the university and all of its unions, and then if necessary, the assistance of the LRB to mediate or adjudicate essential services and staffing levels.  If we need to move through this stage, many of you will be directly involved in this process.

Having said all this, we remain confident that the Sustainable Services Negotiations Mandate will provide a basis for a renewed collective agreement, just as it has done for more than 220,000 public sector employees, including our employees represented by the PEA and the Faculty Association, who are covered by ratified and tentative agreements negotiated under the Mandate.

With that in mind, we are anticipating that there will be much collective bargaining at UVic through the next few months.  While respecting the confidentiality protocols typical of collective bargaining at UVic, we will do our best to keep you informed of developments.  Feel free to refer to the this website for updates and information. 

If you have any questions about this bulletin, please contact your Human Resources Consultant.