Talks Continue Aimed at Avoiding Strike at UWindsor

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Contract talks continue Friday aimed at avoiding a strike at the University of Windsor.

Unifor Local 2458 represents nearly 400 full-time and part-time administrative staff and operational engineers.

They will be in a legal strike position as of 12:01am Saturday, September 7.

Negotiations between the union and the school have been taking place this week.

One of the main issues surrounds legislation introduced by the Doug Ford government in June. The bill would cap wage increases to an average of one per cent a year for three years for the broader public sector.

The legislation, part of the government's efforts to eliminate an $11.7 billion deficit, includes universities and colleges.

Unifor Local 2458 President, Tulio DiPonti describes the tone of the talks as 'amicable.'

"I think both sides want to get a deal, so we're there trying to hammer out stuff," he says. "Nobody really wants to be out there. It's amicable, so we're doing our best to get a collective agreement."

DiPonti says they will see how the talks are going before making a final decision on hitting the picket line.

"I'm optimistic that we might get a tentative and bring it back to the membership," he says. "But we'll see what happens once we get into the talks today."

Also involved in the talks, Unifor Local 195 which represents special constables on campus.