By the Leveller Staff

The union representing over 850 administrative, technical, and library staff at Carleton University has signalled its intent to strike if a negotiated settlement cannot be reached.

CUPE 2424 set the strike deadline for midnight on Mar. 5.

“The move to file a No Board Report with the Ministry of Labour toward strike action came when the parties reached an impasse on Monday, Feb. 12, the 18th day of bargaining since July,” CUPE 2424 President Jerrett Clark told The Leveller.

“Carleton University has proposed major concessions to CUPE 2424’s existing pension language which led to a 93 per cent strike mandate vote by the membership.”

CUPE 2424 circulated a “What to do in the event of a strike” FAQ to its members on Feb. 14.

It read: “We have continued to negotiate over several dates since the strike mandate vote in hopes of reaching a settlement, including five dates with a Conciliator from the Ministry of Labour, but significant issues surrounding pensions and job evaluation remain unresolved.”

Clark told The Leveller that the Union was “committed to reaching a negotiated settlement in advance of the strike deadline but we simply cannot accept the University’s proposed concessions against our pension language.”

CUPE 2424 indicated it is prepared to continue negotiating in advance of the strike deadline.

This article first appeared in the Leveller Vol. 10, No. 5 (Feb/Mar 2018).