posted on April 19: University’s final offer distributed to MUSA staff in preparation for April 23 vote


MUSA members will head to the polls on Monday, April 23 to cast their votes on a four-year contract offer proposed by the University. The vote is being supervised by the Ontario Labour Relations Board.

University President Peter George says that in the days leading up to the vote, the University's goal is to ensure that all voters have the complete and up-to-date details of the final contract offer to make an informed decision.

Earlier this week, human resources sent each MUSA member a copy of the final offer and a letter from the ministry of labour. The Ontario Labour Relations Board requires that the offer be distributed to union members prior to the vote in the form in which it was presented to the union.

Today, members will receive, at their homes, a personalized information package explaining what the offer means to them individually. Any member who does not receive the package should contact his/her area HR office.

“I hope that each and every staff person who is a member of MUSA will take the time to read and assess the University's offer and what it means to them. I also hope that they will take the opportunity on Monday to go out and vote,” says George.

Staff will be provided with appropriate time off work to cast their votes on Monday. Polling station information is listed below. Proxy voting is not permitted. The vote will succeed if 50% plus one (of those who cast ballots) vote yes.

The University's final contract offer can be found on the Human Resources Web site. A list of Frequently Asked Questions About the Vote and Final Offer is also posted on the site and is accessible from the “Worth Mentioning” section of the Daily News.

Polling times and locations

Poll 1: 8:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m., First Floor Lobby, Ewart Angus Centre

Poll 2: 1-5 p.m., First Floor Lobby, Togo Salmon Hall

Poll 3: Travelling poll to area hospitals, as follows:

10 a.m.-11:30 a.m. Conference Room “A” (Cafeteria), Henderson Hospital

12:30 p.m.-1:30 p.m. Conference Room F134, Fontbonne Building, St. Joseph's Hospital

2:15 p.m.-3:15 p.m. Pillar's Room (Cafeteria), Hamilton General Hospital

4 p.m.-5:15 p.m.Patterson Boardroom, Chedoke Hospital

Voting will also take place at McMaster sites in Sioux Lookout, Thunder Bay, Collingwood and Chalk River.