PETERBOROUGH, Ont. – Trent University workers, represented by the Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE), have requested the assistance of a provincial conciliation officer after making little progress in negotiations with their employer. Union negotiators are trying to avoid a potential strike over wage parity.
“Instructors at Trent are paid significantly less than their counterparts in other comparable universities,” said David Berger, president of CUPE 3908. “Management depends on our members to deliver an academic experience that includes small classes and high student-faculty interaction, but they must address this wage parity issue so we can continue to build Trent’s reputation as a leading liberal arts university.”
The 300 contract faculty staff help students get the best quality education at Trent. Their contract expires on August 31, 2007. If conciliation talks over the summer months fail to produce a fair agreement, the stage will be set for a lockout or strike as students return in September.
Instructors at other leading universities, including the University of Ottawa and York University, earn about 20 per cent more than Trent’s instructors doing similar work, making Trent’s contract faculty some of the lowest paid in Ontario. “Management must do the right thing and address this disparity that affects university workers and students,” said Berger. “We will do our best to reach a deal without taking labour action, but management must do their part and take the necessary steps to achieve a fair settlement.”
For further information, please contact:
David Berger, CUPE 3908 President, 705-748-1011 ext. 6070
Derek Blackadder, CUPE National Representative, 705-930-3724 cell
James Chai, CUPE Communications, 416-292-3999