“No further negotiations” scheduled for York strike

Mediator asks union and university admin to review their positions


Also read: Mediator suspends York talks

Statement from Greg Long, mediator for the Ontario Ministry of Labour, issued Dec. 1:

The mediator has advised the parties that although there has been some movement in recent days, the parties remain far apart on the key issues in this dispute and that a settlement is not close at hand.

Therefore, there are no further negotiations scheduled at this time.

The mediator has asked to parties to review their respective positions and will remain in contact with the parties with a view to returning to the bargaining table if and when a reasonable prospect for settlement exists.

Greg Long
Ontario Ministry of Labour


“No further negotiations” scheduled for York strike

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  3. Oh, how depressing. It’s really true that the mediator suspended negotiations, citing that the two parties were too far apart.

    At least, CUPE’s working on yet further winnowing down their demands.

  4. So, Joey’s story (along with the Star’s story, and the National Post’s story) was right all along. The mediator suspended talks.

    I would love to rub a few people’s noses in it and say “I told you so.” But I don’t win in this scenario. Nobody does.

    I hope they get back to the bargaining table, and soon. Otherwise, both sides are begging for back-to-work legislation that will take away their bargaining rights.

  5. Actually a mediator cannot “suspend talks,” no where does in the statement does it say that a mediator broke off talks. A mediator does not have those powers.

    Both sides can chose to meet right now and solve the dispute. In fact, since CUPE moved to a middle ground in presenting a new framework and offered to continue talks, it was in fact York who decided to break the bargaining by not also moving into middle ground and declining the offer for further meetings. But of course, the York media spin won in deflecting the attention of journalists away from this narrative.

    To get the parties back to the bargaining table, the public is going to need to get York to bargain for a *fair* and *prompt* settlement.

  6. Which party (i.e. York University or CUPE 3903) is meeting the other half way is irrelevent. Regardless whether one or both parties are being obdurate, they will both lose in the end. The university will forfeit tuition revenues and the union will forfeit salaries. At the end, the strike will be more expensive for everyone. I am certain students will end up paying the ultimate price anyways, in additional tuition next year and loss of the academic year.

  7. I agree that a strike is a loss for all parties involved: the employer looses money, respect, prestige; students and faculty loose their wages and time; and worst the undergrads loose their education.

    That being said, it is totally relevant to be reporting on which party is not cooperating with the bargaining process. The public has a right to know where best to direct their energies (i.e. angry phone calls) in order to see a fair and prompt resolution.

    Right now, it is the employer, York, who is refusing to bargain.

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