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University Club ratifies contract and averts strike

Update – December 9, 2017 1:45 pm

The University Club board of directors  has notified the University that its employees have ratified a new contract.

This means there will not be a labour disruption at the Club. There will not be any picketing at the entrances to campus this coming Monday.

The University Club is an organization separate from McMaster that provides dining and event services to its members on campus. It leases space from the University and is run by an independent board of directors.

Update – December 8, 2017 Noon

The University Club is an organization separate from McMaster that provides dining and event services to its members on campus. The Club leases space from the University and is run by an independent board of directors responsible for its operations including labour relations with its employees.

The board and its employees are in collective bargaining with the United Food and Commercial Worker’s Union, which represents 19 staff members at the Club.

The University has been notified that the union will present a contract offer to its members for approval on Sat. December 9. Should the members reject the offer, they will be in a strike position beginning Monday, Dec. 11.

The University will remain open and exams, University events and classes will continue in the event that there is a strike. A strike would not effect campus foodservices for students or the operations of McMaster hospitality, catering and foodservice outlets.

While the employees in this bargaining unit are not employees of McMaster University, the location of their employer on campus means a strike could pose some inconvenience to individuals wishing to access campus.

If there is picketing, there will be delays entering and leaving campus. There will be other impacts for public transit, mail delivery and other service providers. Students and staff should give themselves additional time to get onto campus Monday.

Updates will be shared on The Daily News and via Social Media should there be a strike.

December 5, 2017

The University Club is an organization separate from McMaster that provides dining and event services to its members on campus. The Club leases space from the University and is run by an independent board of directors responsible for its operations including labour relations with its employees.

The board and its employees are in collective bargaining with the United Food and Commercial Worker’s Union, which represents 19 staff members at the Club.

The University has been notified that the union will be in legal strike position beginning Monday, December 11. Should a strike occur, there is the possibility pickets will be established on public property around the campus perimeter.

The University will remain open and exams, University events and classes will continue in the event that there is a strike.

If there is picketing, there may be delays entering and leaving campus. There may also be other impacts for public transit, mail delivery and other service providers.

Updates will be shared on The Daily News and via Social Media should there be a strike.