Last week, we informed you that members of the Support Staff of the University of Ottawa (SSUO) were going to vote on a final offer following a request made by the Central Administration to the Minister of Labour, Training and Skills Development. This request was intended to pressure the SSUO and to impose on its members an offer that the APUO viewed as unfair and inequitable.
The vote was held from June 22 to the 26. The SSUO shared the results of the vote on Friday evening. We wish to inform you that the final offer was rejected by 80% of the more than one thousand SSUO members who voted.
This decisive vote gives a clear mandate to the SSUO and the Central Administration to resume negotiations and reach a fair and equitable agreement for the support staff.
We urge the Central Administration to resume negotiations with the SSUO and respect our support staff, without whom our University’s mandate would not be achievable.
In addition, we congratulate the SSUO and their members for the impressive mobilization that led to this victory, and we applaud their commitment to ensuring working conditions that make possible the delivery of a high-quality education.