A Repeat of 2008?

I just learned that nearly 300 professional, technical and trade employees in CUPE Local 1393 started on strike this morning at the University of Windsor (8 September 2013). This announcement reminds me of the year 2008 when there were four university strikes in Ontario involving faculty.

Other than one at a small religious university affiliated to Laurentian University in Sudbury, all three took place at Ontario universities with newly hired presidents: these were faculty strikes involving Mamdouh Shoukri (hired in 2007) at York University and CUPE 3903 representing non-tenure track faculty and teaching assistants; Alan Wildeman (hired in 2008) at University of Windsor and the Windsor University Faculty Association (WUFA), which includes both contract and regular faculty; and Max Blouw (hired in 2007) of Wilfrid Laurier University and the Contract Academic Staff (CAS) Bargaining Unit of the WLU Faculty Association (one of two bargaining units represented by WLUFA; the other one includes only full-time limited term appointments and tenured and tenure-track faculty).

Although the strike at University of Windsor does not involve WUFA at present, CAS at WLU are in negotiations at present and one has to ask whether there is the likelihood that a similar pattern to 2008 is being established again by university presidents for 2013-2014?


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