FAQs

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Is Brock currently in collective bargaining with any employee groups?

Yes, Brock is currently negotiating renewal collective agreements with two unions:

  1. OSSTF, District 35 – Expired April 30, 2015 (Represents administrative and support staff);
  2. CUPE, Local 2220 – Expired June 30, 2015 (Represents support staff at Rodman Hall Art Centre)
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I heard that OSSTF has held a strike vote. What is a strike? What is a strike vote?

A strike is any cessation of work including work slowdown, resulting in an interruption of the employer’s operations by bargaining unit employees.

Bargaining unit members cannot lawfully strike unless a strike vote by secret ballot is taken by the Union and more than 50 per cent of voting bargaining unit members vote in favour of the strike.  A successful strike vote authorizes the union’s representatives to set a strike deadline and call a strike if they believe that further negotiations with the employer will not reach a collective agreement.

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Has a strike deadline been set?

Yes, OSSTF, District 35 has set a strike deadline of August 10, 2015.

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Does a strike deadline mean there will be a strike at the University?

No. The parties to a collective agreement may continue to negotiate and reach an agreement, despite the fact that a strike deadline has been set.

The parties are currently scheduled to meet on Aug. 9 to try to reach a negotiated collective agreement.

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Will the University be closed in the event of a strike?

The University will remain open, and all classes and activities are expected to continue as scheduled.

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Will there be picket lines at the campus?

Picket lines are normally present during a strike. Anticipate some delays while entering and leaving campus, and give yourself extra time when planning your schedule. For further information, please refer to the Picket Line Guidelines.

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Am I required to work if I am not on strike?

If you are not an employee on strike, you are expected to report for work as scheduled. Please remember to allow time for any delays that you may experience when entering the campus. For further information, please refer to the Picket Line Guidelines.

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I hold more than one position, and only one of these is covered by the striking union. Am I required to report to work for positions that are not covered by the striking union?

If one of your appointments (positions) is not covered by the striking union then you are expected to report to work in accordance with your work schedule for the position that is not covered by the striking union. Bargaining unit member employees not on strike should refer to applicable provisions of their collective agreement for further information.

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I have a part-time job at Brock. Am I required to report to work if I am not on strike?

Employees not on strike are expected to report for work as scheduled, unless your supervisor advises otherwise. Please remember to allow time for any delays that you may experience when entering the campus. For further information, please refer to the Picket Line Guidelines.

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What if I obtained approval for vacation or a leave prior to the commencement of a strike?

All requests for vacation or leaves previously approved prior to a strike will be reviewed by your supervisor subject to operational requirements. Please contact your supervisor directly.

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What if I am on a Return-to-Work (RTW) Plan or modified duties under an Accommodation Plan?

RTW and Accommodation arrangements will remain in place for those employees who are not on strike. Please contact the Manager, Health Management & Wellness at ext. 6086 with any questions.

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How should I get to campus in the event of a strike?

To minimize delays, employees should make alternate arrangements for travelling to campus. Consider car-pooling, public transit or getting dropped off near campus. For further information, please refer to the document entitled Picket Line Guidelines.

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What happens if employees encounter intimidation or threats at a picket line?

Employees should not engage in any confrontation at a picket line. If employees are not allowed through a picket line, or if they have reason to feel threatened, they should withdraw and contact Campus Security at 905-688-5550 ext. 4300 (or ext. 3200 for emergencies). In addition, the delay must be reported to the supervisor as soon as possible.

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How should I report injuries, damage or health and safety concerns related to a labour dispute?

Issues involving imminent danger need to be communicated to Campus Security at their 24-hour emergency line, ext. 3200. Any workplace injuries should be reported immediately to your supervisor, and a Brock incident/injury form  completed within 24 hours and submitted to Health, Safety and Wellness via email at besafe@brocku.ca.

Please report property damage (not posing immediate danger) to Campus Security at ext.4300.

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Do emergency procedures change because of a labour dispute?

No, the emergency procedures remain the same. See Campus Security Policies/Procedures/Guidelines.

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