To all Members of the Carleton Community,

As you may be aware, CUPE 2424 (representing administrative, technical and library staff) recently held a strike vote and members voted 93 per cent in support of providing the union negotiating team with a strike mandate.  It’s not unusual for unions to achieve a strike mandate during the bargaining process.

We remain optimistic the union will agree that a strike is not necessary. In the event the union decides to exercise its right to strike, the university would remain open, and classes, labs, tests and exams would continue as scheduled. Management would take appropriate steps to cover core services and reduce the impact on students.

The parties have been engaged in productive and respectful dialogue over 13 days since July 1, 2017. University representatives are prepared to continue talks for as long as it takes to reach an agreement. The parties are scheduled to talk on November 7 and 8 with the assistance of a conciliator. The university requested and remains open to additional dates if needed, and will continue to provide updates to the community throughout the bargaining process to keep you informed.

Rob Thomas

Assistant Vice-President, Human Resources