Statement to the University of Windsor Community



    WINDSOR, ON, Sept. 26 /CNW/ - It is truly tragic that a work stoppage at
the University of Windsor has now extended beyond one week. The situation has
been extremely difficult on all affected parties, particularly on our students
and their families who have placed their trust in the entire University
community, and on our faculty, who are not able to conduct the teaching and
research that makes the University of Windsor a place we are all proud of.
    The University took the step of publishing a general explanation of its
pre-strike financial offer for one purpose, and one purpose only - to
demonstrate to the broader community that our offer was an attempt to balance
the need to be fair to our employees with the need to avoid eroding the
long-term economic position and academic quality of the University of Windsor.
Some have criticized the attempt to be transparent. Others believe that the
amount offered was excessively generous for a variety of reasons.
    The mediator, working with the University and the faculty bargaining
teams, issued a statement on September 24, which reads in part:
    ...(T)he mediator has adjourned the exploratory discussions he has been
engaged in with the parties over the last two days. The mediator has asked
both the University of Windsor and the Windsor Faculty Association to
carefully review their respective positions and he will continue to monitor
the dispute closely." (<a href="http://www.uwindsor.ca/units/facultynegotiations/info.nsf/main/8E9559A731636DD6852574D0006C466B?OpenDocument">please click here for the full document</a>).
    The University's bargaining team accepts the decision of the mediator,
and his conclusions must be considered if students are to return to the
classroom. It has yet to receive a counter-proposal to the one the WUFA
bargaining team rejected before the strike began, and we have received no
indication that they are preparing one.
    Nonetheless, and with the intent of having classes resume as quickly as
possible, the University bargaining team is reviewing its position with a view
to re-engaging the WUFA bargaining team with the assistance of the mediator.
    Any increased offer will further deepen the deficit of the University and
will present additional long-lasting challenges that the institution will not
be able to ignore. We must restore the campus as a place of engaged learning
and research in a city and region that are changing as the world changes.
Transparency will continue to be a priority of the University both internally
and with our community.





For further information:

For further information: Lori Lewis, Manager, News Services, Office of
Public Affairs and Communications, (519) 253-3000 ext. 3241,
llewis@uwindsor.ca


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