McMaster workers set strike deadline

October 6, 2010

The union representing 230 cleaners, tradespeople, and maintenance workers at McMaster University has set a strike deadline on October 12. The union had set a deadline for last night, but pushed it to next week after making some progress in talks with McMaster. The union says the university is asking members to accept a wage freeze, give up sick pay, and make larger contributions to its pension plan, all of which entails a rollback in take-home pay, according to the union's chief negotiator. Union members plan to meet today to talk about the state of negotiations and take another vote to confirm their commitment to striking if necessary. Hamilton Spectator