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The University of Ottawa assistance staff are officially on strike as of Monday morning, after collective bargaining ended up deadlocked. Details of the agreement will not be made public until the agreement has been ratified by the union, the university`s executive committee and the Board of Governors. The uOttawa Assistance Staff Negotiation Unit (PSUO-SSUO) reached an agreement with the university following discussions negotiated on Thursday evening. More than 1,300 members of the Support Unit University of Ottawa employees (PSUO-SSUO) began a strike .m on October 19 at 12:01 p.m. In June, union leaders said they would continue to push the university on issues such as safe return to work in the pandemic, fill vacancies and providing a more sustainable alternative to working from home. After 19 months of negotiations, the employer and the union representing the university`s support staff were unable to reach a tentative agreement. “We greatly appreciate these employees because they play a crucial role in your learning experience and in our university business,” says the email sent by Studentaffairs Assistant Vice President Eric Bercier. “That`s why, over the past 19 months, we`ve worked hard to get a collective agreement negotiated with their union. Unfortunately, despite our best efforts, we were unable to “strike University of Ottawa employees after the work negotiations did not go as planned,” says a new email to students. The psUO-SSUO bargaining unit received a “final offer” from the university on Thursday (October 15th), according to the union, which deemed the team “unacceptable”.

Leadership said in a recent online post that the latest offer was deemed too similar to an earlier offer from the university, which was “strongly rejected” by 80 percent of the more than 1,000 voting members in June. Toronto – October 16, 2020 – The Ontario Secondary School Teachers` Federation (OSSTF/FEESO) Support Staff Bargaining Unit (PSUO-SSUO) informed the employer that it had set a strike deadline of 12:01 .m on Monday, October 19, after yesterday`s negotiations failed to reach a provisional agreement. According to the email, the union that represents the 1,300 support workers at the university says the strike is scheduled for Monday at 12:01 p.m. .m. Dear members, since Monday, the Support Staff of the University of Ottawa (SSUO) has been on strike against the salary and benefit cuts, an orphan clause in their collective agreement,… READ MORE OSSTF/FEESO, founded in 1919, has more than 60,000 members across Ontario.