The University of Victoria will resume bargaining with its support staff next week after several days of walkouts by members of the Canadian Union of Public Employees.
CUPE Local 951 president Doug Sprenger said late Wednesday that the university and union have agreed to three days of talks beginning on Tuesday. One day will be set aside for each of CUPE locals 917, 951 and 4163.
Sprenger said the unions hope to put to rest non-monetary issues during the talks and will then look to government to clarify wages.
The union will continue to picket university buildings the rest of this week and Monday.
We want the university to arrive at those bargaining days still feeling the pressure, Sprenger said. But we wont expand it out to areas that impact on students.
Locals 917 and 951 shut down several campus buildings on Wednesday.
Pickets remained in place at the Campus Security building for the second straight day, with new lines added at the Administrative Services Building and the Saunders Annex.
UVic reported that the picket line went up outside the administrative building at 6:15 a.m., followed by one at the Saunders Annex at 9 a.m.
Local 951 said about 100 of its members took part in the job action.
The Saunders Annex houses the Centre for Aboriginal Health Research, UVic mail and messenger services, printing and duplicating, and purchasing.
The Administrative Services Building is home to university executive offices, including president David Turpin, as well as accounting, research services, pension and payroll.
Security services, meanwhile, dropped to half patrols responding only to emergencies and not doing any ticketing or enforcement, Sprenger said.
UVic spokesman Bruce Kilpatrick said the strikes have had no effect on classes. But he said students would still be affected.
If you are a faculty member and you were expecting something in the mail that you were going to use in your classroom tomorrow, youre not going to have that, he said. Or if you were expecting materials to be printed, ready for your class tomorrow or today, youre not going to have that.
Students seeking reimbursement or a refund might also experience delays, Kilpatrick said.
Emily Rogers, chairwoman of the University of Victoria Students Society, said the main impact on students was that they havent had to pay for parking. Which is awesome, she said.
But Kilpatrick said students might want to be careful. Campus security services is still out there; theyre just reduced for essential levels, he said.
CUPE 951 said in a statement it was seeking fair wages in the form of inflation protection and catch-up pay. They also want greater measures of job security in the face of deep budget cuts at UVic.
The university previously offered a four-year deal dating back to March 2010 with no increase in the first two years, followed by a 3.5 per cent hike over the remaining two years.
Its not enough to be told well get the same wage increases as government workers, CUPE 951 said. Its time for UVic to rethink how it treats its employees and demonstrate heart and soul and understanding that we are people, not just cogs in the UVic machine.
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