College Employees Picketing Over Contract Negotiations

Employees of Assiniboine Community College and Red River College plan to picket today to protest the 330 days they’ve been without a contract, and the 35 bargaining sessions that have resulted in a monetary offer lower than previous offers.

“There’s a name for what they’re doing,” said MGEU President Peter Olfert in a news release. “It’s called backward bargaining and it’s an unfair labour practice. [Tuesday], we filed an official application with the Manitoba Labour Board alleging just that. In April, they tabled a third monetary offer that’s lower than previous offers and includes a two year wage freeze in 2010 and 2011.”

The employees will be picketing on the Victoria Avenue East campus from 7:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.

The Bargaining Committee negotiates on behalf of all ACC and RRC employees. Both sides continue to meet with the help of a conciliator.


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