by Siobhan Morris, 610 CKTB News
A strike at Brock University is in its 2nd week with no end in sight.
The school’s 38 unionized English as a Second Language Instructors have been walking picket lines since last Monday.
The labour dispute is over a contract reached by CUPE Local 4207 & the university in February. The union membership ratified it, but Brock won’t do the same until what it calls “an error” in the deal is fixed.
The agreement would block the university from contracting out work. Brock says they’d never agree to that.
CUPE has filed a charge of bargaining in bad faith with the Ontario Labour Relations Board.
The dispute has cancelled hundred of classes & created a traffic nightmare around the university.
Niagara Regional Police & Brock are asking the public for patience & to try car-pooling or public transit to get to campus. Buses aren’t stopping at Brock during the strike, but picking up & dropping along Glenridge Ave instead.
With only a few weeks left in the term, many ESL students are worried they may not be able to make up the missed classes up because they’re studying on short-term visas.
*note: Original article here.