Brock ESL instructors go on strike

March 27, 2012

The 38 members of the newly formed CUPE unit representing Brock University's ESL instructors began strike action Monday morning. The CUPE unit says it is on strike because Brock refuses to ratify the tentative collective agreement it signed in February. Brock states that as it prepared to ratify the agreement, it came across an error in the text, which included "no contracting out" language as proposed by the union. Brock says at no time was it prepared to accept this language. Both parties met with a mediator on Sunday to address the error and finalize a collective agreement, but the talks were unsuccessful and the union opted to strike. The union says it is in the process of filing a complaint with the Ontario Labour Relations Board arguing that Brock has bargained in bad faith. Brock Statement | CUPE News Release | Niagara This Week

Postscript: Apr 5, 2012

Brock University reached a tentative agreement Tuesday night with the union representing ESL instructors who have been on strike since March 26. The union will remain on strike and maintain picket lines until the tentative agreement is ratified. Both parties have agreed to expedite the ratification process. Brock News