Sheridan Prepares For Strike

So I received this email today from “Information Sheridan,” explaining the strike a little. Well, the possibility of a strike that is. The vote goes down tomorrow.

“Many of you have heard about the current negotiations between college faculty
and management to reach a new contract.  You probably have questions about
whether the negotiations could affect your academic year, so I thought it best
to write directly to you.

The Ontario college system, represented by the Council, and the college
faculty, represented by OPSEU, has been bargaining for a new collective
agreement for the last six months.  Although the existing collective agreement
expired at the end of August, and in spite of the assistance of a provincial
mediator, there is still a substantial gap in the positions taken by the
parties.  A strike vote has been scheduled for January 13, 2010.

At Sheridan, we are committed to doing everything possible to ensure that the
academic year is not disrupted.  Although everyone would have preferred a
negotiated settlement, the Council, in an attempt to move forward, has
implemented improved terms and conditions of employment for faculty effective
November 18 of last year.

Faculty will receive a salary increase of 7.71% compounded (1.75%, 1.75%, 2%,
2%) over the next four years.  Faculty eligible for yearly step increments
will receive an additional salary increase above these percentages, averaging
between 2.7% to 4.6%.  The new maximum salary for faculty will increase to
$103,975 on September 1, 2012.  Faculty workload has not been increased.

We still have time for negotiations and I hope that a settlement can be
achieved without any interruption to your academic year.  We are encouraging
the Council and the faculty union bargaining team to achieve a negotiated
contract that respects faculty members’ important contributions,
creates innovative solutions, and allows us to use our limited resources as
effectively as possible.

Given the current situation, the college will have to begin to prepare for the
possibility of a strike.  Again, I would prefer not to be making strike
preparations, but in order to protect your interests and preserve your
academic year, I have to do everything possible to minimize potential

I sincerely hope that the parties will return to the bargaining table in an
effort to resolve all outstanding issues.  We will, of course, keep you

informed of developments as they arise.”

By Mary Preece.

    • Bryan Tak
    • January 13th, 2010

    In the second last sentence, by “following” do you mean “preceding?”

    The way it reads is, Mary Preece wrote “Lets get real everyone, it is too cold outside to strike.”

    Sorry to pick your nits. Photog issue is good!

  1. Thank you correction made!

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