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Tuesday, September 23, 2008

Day 06 - update 13

WUFA strike update.

The administration at the University of Windsor have broken their media silence, and addressed the Windsor Star's editorial board with some of the details of the CBA that was offered to WUFA, and was turned down, a week ago.

Bear in mind, since the strike, the two sides have yet to meet again.

'We can't be silent anymore,' by Don Lajoie.

You can read the article in its entirety, but there is an awful lot of rhetoric in there. I've tried to separate the facts from the war cries.

To recap what's in the article:

Details on the deal that was offered to WUFA
Wildeman presented a document that said "faculty wage increases of three per cent plus a $1,000 bonus the first year, three per cent plus $1,000 the second, and four per cent plus $1,750 the third. If the faculty had accepted the offer, by the end of the contract, the average professor would be making $150,046."

"average salaries would rise from $84,775 to $97,396 for assistant professors, from $106,168 to $121,000 for associate professors and from $132,493 to $150,046 for professors over the three years."

"The goal of the release ... is to put pressure on the union to come back to the table and to get the strike settled as soon as possible."

WUFA has attempted to return to bargaining, after contacting the provincial mediator involved in the talks and offering to table a counter proposal to administration.

"We're not supposed to negotiate in public or through the media," [Brian Brown, president of WUFA] said. "We would never describe our proposals in the media.... All I can say is that the faculty association wants this to end. We don't want to be out in the street. We want to teach and the students want us back."

"[M]ore than 500 students attended a rally on the campus as the University's board of directors met Tuesday afternoon. Hundreds of union members lined up across the street from the building where the meeting was held, carrying placards and yelling slogans in support."

"About 100 students ... made their way into the [Toldo] building and crowded into the ... boardroom, where they ... presented a 400-name petition calling for an end to the strike."

And, as usual with any Windsor Star article where comments are allowed, there are remarks that run the gamut.

I've got some pictures of the events from this afternoon.

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