PETERBOROUGH – Members of the
Ontario Public Service Employees Union Local 365 at Trent
University have requested a “no-board report” from the Ministry
of Labour which begins a countdown to a possible July 16 strike.
Local 365, which represents
372 support workers at Trent, have been negotiating since
June 6 with the support of a 95 per cent strike vote.
The Local’s current two-year
contract expires June 30 and included a 0 per cent wage freeze.
“We have been flexible and
responsible in our demands and have put forth a reasonable
package,” said Local President and Bargaining Team Chair Rose
Dunford. “But the employer wants still more savings. Our members
have done their part; the wage freeze we took likely saved Trent
close to a million dollars. Now they want to claw back our
pension. This is unacceptable. We have already paid the price.”
Local 365 represents members
in Physical Resources, IT, Secretarial, Library Science and