The University of Ottawa warns students may see a slight disruption in some frontline services if 1,300 support staff members go on strike Monday morning.
The support staff bargaining unit at the University of Ottawa (PSUO-SSUO) of the Ontario Secondary School Teachers Federation (OSSTF-FEESO) set a strike deadline of 12:01 a.m. Monday if a new agreement is not reached.. The move came after contract talks on Thursday failed to result in a tentative agreement.
If there is a strike by support staff on Monday, the University of Ottawa says academic and research activities will continue as scheduled.
“Courses will continue as usual and we will do our utmost to maintain services,” said a statement from the University of Ottawa to CTV News Ottawa.
“However, should a strike occur, students may anticipate some delays and a slight disruption in some frontline services.”
The University of Ottawa says it has “worked hard over the last 19 months” to try to reach an agreement with the union, “unfortunately, despite our best efforts we have been unable to do so.”
In a statement, OSSTF/FEESO PSUO-SSUO Bargaining Unit President Marcelle Desmornes said, “The members of PSUO-SSUO have stood strong against the employer’s effort to strip health benefits and other provisions, with 80 per cent of the membership rejecting a final offer vote forced by the university in June.”
“The bargaining team has no intention of bringing a tentative agreement to the membership that does not respect the contribution they make to this institution.”