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The 500 Contract Faculty at Trent University, represented by the Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE) Local 3908, have voted 95 per cent in favour of the tentative agreement recommended by the Bargaining Committee.

In a difficult bargaining climate, characterized by restraint and demands for concessions, this agreement achieves some significant goals. It includes financial gains and improvements to job security language. It resists the concessions sought by the Employer,” said Stephen Horner, president of CUPE 3908. “We were prepared to go out on strike in order to achieve these goals, but we are very glad it didn’t come to that.”

Highlights of the new collective agreement include wage increases in each of three years of the new contract, increases to the Professional Development Fund and increased access to the Health Benefit Fund.

The agreement will not be final until it is ratified by University’s Board of Governors later this month.

CUPE Local 3908 will be back at the bargaining table with Trent University this summer to negotiate a renewal of the Collective Agreement for the Teaching Assistants on campus.

For more information, please contact:

Stephen Horner
President, CUPE Local 3908

Barbara Wilker-Frey
CUPE National Representative