SEIU ratifies agreement - strike is over
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Jan. 16 - Members of SEIU Local 2 (Hospitality) ratified a tentative agreement during a vote on Saturday, ending its strike.
The University and SEIU Local 2 (Hospitality) reached a tentative agreement Friday afternoon. The union's bargaining team recommended members accept the tentative agreement.
Jan. 14 - 6:00 p.m. - The University and SEIU Local 2 (Hospitality) have reached a tentative agreement.
The union will be holding a meeting Saturday, Jan. 15 beginning at 1:00 p.m. in MDCL 1105, followed by a ratification vote.
It is important that all members attend and participate. The union's bargaining team is recommending members accept the tentative agreement.
Jan. 14 - 9:30 a.m. - The University and SEIU Local 2 continued meetings
with the provincial conciliator through the night. The parties are taking a break and will
return to the table this afternoon. Further updates will be provided here and at
facebook.com/mcmasteruniversity and twitter.com/mcmasterupdates.
Jan. 13 - 4:30 p.m. - The University and SEIU Local 2 continue to meet
the provincial conciliator this afternoon in efforts to reach a collective agreement and
Keep updated at facebook.com/mcmasteruniversity and
Jan. 12 - 1:15 p.m. - The provincial conciliator has called the University
Local 2 back to the bargaining table. The parties will return to the table Thursday
morning. Current picketing activities are expected to continue.
Jan. 11 - 4:00 p.m. - Picketing continued at the Sterling and Cootes Drive
entrances to campus
today as SEIU Local 2 (Hospitality) remains on strike.
Delays getting into campus were more manageable today as many staff, faculty and
students have made
alternate arrangements for accessing campus, including using
public transit. The union continues to stop vehicles as they enter and leave campus,
however, and delays should be expected. The McMaster community and its neighbours
are thanked for their continued patience during this time.
The forecast for Hamilton calls for snowfall overnight which may also cause delays in
accessing campus. Check the Daily News, local radio and television stations and the
Hamilton Spectator website for updates on storm-related closures.
The University's top priority during the strike is to ensure students living in residence
and those with meal plans have access to food services. Hospitality Services is working
to provide a variety of menu items at its food service outlets. A list of open food outlets
and their hours of operation can be found at
Jan. 10 - 4:00 p.m. - Picketing continued at the Sterling and Cootes Drive
entrances to campus today as SEIU Local 2 (Hospitality) continued its strike.
It appeared delays getting into campus were somewhat more manageable today,
however the union continues to stop vehicles as they enter and leave campus. Waits are
expected for students arriving tonight for night classes and for those exiting the
University this afternoon and evening.
During the strike, the regular vehicular and pedestrian traffic patterns we're
accustomed to have changed. It is important that drivers and pedestrians take time to
ensure safety and exercise patience and courtesy when travelling around and on
Should you wish to report a safety or traffic concern, you can notify Security at
Jan. 9 4:30 p.m. - Pickets are expected again Monday morning as the strike
by SEIU Local 2 (Hospitality) continues. Over the weekend, the union continued to
picket the university.
As of Sunday afternoon, the union has yet to agree to a complete picket line
protocol. In the absence of a protocol, the campus community is advised to give itself
additional time to get onto campus as extensive delays are expected. On Friday, pickets
also delayed vehicles leaving campus and the university has yet to hear from the union
as to whether this practice will continue on Monday.
Please remain patient and courteous while entering and leaving campus. Whenever
possible, consider using public transit or car pool with others.
There is a verbal commitment from the union to let emergency and other essential
service vehicles, such as DARTS transit, cross picket lines without delay.
In past strikes, it has been customary for unions to commit to a picket line
protocol which provides parameters for how vehicular traffic will be able to access and
More information, including details on HSR re-routing and tips on accessing campus, is
Jan. 7, 3 p.m. - On several occasions, the University has asked the union to meet with
McMaster and Hamilton Police to
establish a picket line protocol. Today, the union agreed to a meeting.
As of 3:00 p.m. Friday afternoon, McMaster is waiting for a union response on whether
it is willing to
allow vehicles to exit campus without delay. At this point, the union has not provided a
McMaster has received the union's verbal agreement that emergency and essential
services, such as
DARTS transit, would be able to enter and leave the campus without being held up at a
There have been questions about campus deliveries during the strike. All campus
courier pick-up boxes
have been sealed. If you have a package to be sent by courier, you can take it to an
location or drop it off at Mail Services or General Receiving. During the strike, the
is asked to limit orders to essential items and to reduce the number of deliveries to
campus. You should
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