The University of Ottawa is currently negotiating with the local chapter of the Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE) representing part-time language instructors of the English Intensive Program (EIP) of the Official Languages and Bilingualism Institute (OLBI) to conclude a first collective agreement. Unfortunately, after several months of efforts, bargaining has reached an impasse.
On September 25, the union requested that the conciliator, appointed by the provincial government, not establish a conciliation board (No Board Report). This ended the conciliation process and since October 16, the union is in a legal strike position and the University is in a legal lockout position.
The University is disappointed by the union’s decision but believe that an agreement is still possible. Discussions continue with CUPE.
With the term well under way, our focus is on students enrolled in EIP. For now, all classes are running normally. If the union decides to strike or take any other labour action, the University will notify its community members as soon as possible.
If a labour disruption occurs, some of the University’s classes and related activities may be affected. The University will make every effort possible to minimize the impact on students and will communicate as quickly as possible any measures the University must take.
In the meantime, please be sure to visit the OLBI’s website regularly for updated information.