UBC Frets over Strike Votes on Campus

by Stephen Petrina on March 20, 2012

CUPE 116 members overwhelmingly approved a strike motion last week and CUPE 2278, Graduate Teaching Assistants, vote on a strike motion on Thursday.  AVP, Human Resources, Lisa Castle circulated today an advisory that “the University has concerns with the manner in which the Union [CUPE 2278] is presenting information to support a positive vote.  They state on their website that the University’s negotiating team has not listened to them.”

The GTAs are countering that a “‘yes’ vote is a show of support… And the threat of a strike means our issues have to be taken seriously; a strong positive strike vote makes it possible for us to make gains at the table.”