REMINDER – Strike Vote

May 10, 2018

Reminder of Strike Vote

This is a reminder of the Strike Vote happening next week.

As announced last night, CUASA has issued a formal request to the Employer to enter mediation, which the Employer accepted this afternoon. Mediation diverts the process from conciliation, and therefore, at least temporarily, removes the possibility of a strike or lockout.

The Strike Vote will go ahead as planned. A favourable strike vote will put pressure on the Employer to mediate in good faith and pressure them to not return to conciliation. We are hoping we can resolve outstanding issues and achieve a fair deal for our members without resorting to a strike or being forced into a lock-out.

We will be holding an information session on Wednesday, May 16 from 10am-12pm in 360 Tory Building. Your Negotiation Team will be on hand to answer any questions you may have related to this vote.

Below are some questions regarding the voting process. See our full Strike Vote FAQ here.

When and where do I vote?

Polls will be held May 16 and 17 from 9:00am-5:00pm in three locations:

1. Minto CASE (outside the Bell Theatre)
2. University Centre atrium
3. Loeb Building (at the base of the ramp from Southam).

Advance polling will be held Monday, May 14 from 9:00am-5:00pm in the CUASA boardroom, 2009 Dunton Tower.

Due to a number of requests from members who will be out of town next week, we will be allowing a sealed envelope ballot tomorrow, May 11, from 9:00am-4:30pm in the CUASA office, 2003 Dunton Tower. Come with your photo ID. You will be given a ballot to vote on which will then be placed in a sealed envelope in the ballot box, which will be locked over the weekend. The sealed envelopes will only be opened in the presence of a scrutineer once the voting is complete on May 17. Please only use this option if you cannot make any of the three polls next week.

I will be out of town at the time of the vote. Can I vote now?

Yes. Under CUASA’s bylaws, proxy voting is not permitted however advanced polling is allowed. See advanced polling instructions above.

What happens if I am not on the voter’s list?

If your name is not on the voter’s list, you will still be allowed to vote providing you have a piece of identification (a current pay stub is also acceptable). Your vote will then be segregated in a manner that does not allow anyone to know how you voted. CUASA staff will then attempt to verify you as a member of the bargaining unit.

On count day, who can be present?

On counting day, members are entitled to attend the counting sessions as scrutineers. The assigned staff will be assigning members. Members selected as scrutineers will be present for the full count. The count will begin after the polls close at 5:00pm on the last day, May 17.

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