Votes have been counted, then re-counted, and then counted again. Both Units of CUPE 4600 have given strong strike mandates to their bargaining teams. Unit 1 (Teaching Assistants and Research Assistants) have voted 93% in favour of giving their bargaining team a strike mandate. Unit 2 (Contract Instructors) have voted 95% in favour of giving their bargaining team a strike mandate. These are strong mandates, and important leverage for the ongoing bargaining round.
What does this mean for the union? Are we going on strike now? Will negotiations with the employer continue?
We are not currently on strike, but we are now one step closer to having a strike as a legal option. Our negotiations at the bargaining table are continuing for now. Both teams have now met with their appointed conciliator.
We see your hard work!
We appreciate all of our volunteers, everyone who worked a shift at the voting booths, everyone who put up posters, encouraged their coworkers to vote, and helped make this strike vote as successful as it was.