OTTAWA – Campus Safety workers at Ottawa’s Carleton University have voted 66% in favour of a new contract. Workers will be back on the job on Tuesday, April 1 after a strike that lasted more than three weeks.
“I want to congratulate all of our OPSEU members at Carleton University today. Nobody wants to be on strike, but they did what it takes to ensure the campus remains a place where good jobs and student safety are respected,” said OPSEU President, Warren (Smokey) Thomas.
"Only 66% of the members voted in favour of this agreement. The employer has been given a clear message that the contract does not fully address all of the workers’ concerns. This is a first contract, and we expect there to be improvements in the future that further improve working conditions and make safety for everyone on campus a priority," said Thomas.
“Thanks to everyone who offered their solidarity while Campus Safety workers were on the picket line,” said Bargaining Team Chair, Brent Gobeo. “A huge number of OPSEU locals and members showed us support, and we especially appreciate the solidarity of CUPE 4600, NUPGE, CUPE 5500, CUPE 2424, CUASA, ATU 279 and the Ottawa and District Labour Council, as well as all of the many other unions, students, and members of the community. We are overwhelmed by the number of people who sent emails and letters, offered donations and joined us out on the line in spite of the cold weather.”
The three-year contract includes an increase in wages as well as improvements to job security.
Carleton University Safety Workers include special constables, dispatchers, campus safety officers and student safety patrollers.
Steve Saysell, OPSEU Negotiator:
Brent Gobeo, Bargaining Team Chair and
OPSEU Local 404 Vice-President: