Dear King’s students,
Earlier this evening Dalhousie distributed the following memo notifying students, staff and faculty that members of CUPE Local 3912 will be on strike as of 12:01 a.m. tomorrow (Wednesday, October 19).
All King’s classes will continue as usual. Any students in Dalhousie courses affected by the strike will receive communications directly from their faculty or instructors at Dalhousie.
To: Dalhousie students, faculty and staff
From: Laura Neals and Chris Hattie, Co-Assistant Vice-Presidents, Human Resources
Date: Tuesday, October 18, 2022
Re: CUPE strike set to begin Wednesday
We are disappointed to share the news that Dalhousie University and CUPE Local 3912 were not successful in attempts to come to a tentative agreement at the bargaining table.
CUPE Local 3912 has announced their members will be on strike as of 12:01 a.m. tomorrow (Wednesday, October 19). This includes CUPE Instructors, Teaching Assistants, Markers and Demonstrators.
This is not the outcome we wanted. We recognize the value CUPE members bring to our campus community and share a commitment to achieving many of the goals the union brought to the table. We believe the university’s final proposal was both significant and responsive to the union’s concerns. In an effort to be fully transparent, the university’s final proposal that was presented to the CUPE bargaining team prior to talks breaking down will be made publicly available tomorrow on our Labour Relations website and shared with our Dal community.
We have launched a CUPE Strike Information Page on the Labour Relations website. There, you’ll find information and Q&As covering many of the impacts of a strike. Please continue to visit this page regularly in the coming days as we will continue to keep it up to date with the latest information.
During the strike:
You’ll find additional information and answers to many common questions (including picket line protocols) at the CUPE Strike Information Page.
As challenging as a CUPE strike will be for our Dal community, we have great confidence in the ability of our students, faculty and staff to work through these circumstances — just as we have successfully navigated other significant challenges over the past few years.
We are committed to exploring all options to reach an agreement with CUPE that will bring this strike to a swift conclusion.
Laura Neals and Chris Hattie
Co-Assistant Vice-Presidents, Human Resources