NOSM staff go on strike

August 17, 2010

Over 150 clerical, administrative, and technical staff at the Northern Ontario School of Medicine walked off the job Monday after contract talks with NOSM broke down over the weekend. OPSEU reports that picket lines have gone up at the school's main campuses at Lakehead and Laurentian Universities. The union states that outstanding issues include hours of work, overtime, sick leaves, family leaves, and wages. NOSM says measures have been taken to ensure that all of its scheduled education programs will continue. NOSM News Release | OPSEU News Release

Postscript:  Oct 5, 2010
Talks held last week between the Northern Ontario School of Medicine and the institution's OPSEU Staff Unit have resulted in a tentative settlement of a first collective agreement between both parties. The deal is subject to ratification by union members, and approval by NOSM's board of directors. The approximately 150 members of the OPSEU Staff Unit went on strike in mid-August, with outstanding issues including hours of work, overtime, sick leaves, family leaves, and wages. NOSM News Release

Postscript: Oct 15, 2010
Striking administrative, clerical, and technical workers at the Northern Ontario School of Medicine have voted 76.8% against a tentative contract deal reached earlier this month. Turnout for the vote was 94% at NOSM campuses at Laurentian and Lakehead Universities. Pickets resumed Wednesday at those campuses. The workers have been on strike since August 16. OPSEU News Release | NOSM News Release