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Contract reached on behalf of small group of U of S workers

The deal was reached between Mine Mill and the University of Sudbury earlier this month
University of Sudbury, University of Sudbury

A contract has been reached on behalf of a small group of workers at the University of Sudbury.

A press release said the contract was reached between Mine Mill Local 598/Unifor and the University of Sudbury bargaining committee on Sept. 14. The tentative agreement was ratified by 100 per cent of the affected workers on Sept. 15.

Mine Mill currently represents five workers at the University of Sudbury. A union rep said they work in the areas of IT, admin, secretarial, custodial, maintenance, library services or financial services.

The University of Sudbury is an educational institution formerly federated with Laurentian University.

In the spring of 2021, with Laurentian’s decision to cut ties with the federated universities operating on campus, the University of Sudbury announced it was becoming an autonomous French-language university under the principle of governance “by and for” the Francophone community.

Then, in September of 2021, the Board of Regents of the University of Sudbury unanimously passed a resolution to transform the institution into a university governed by and for Francophones.

The classrooms at the University of Sudbury — not to mention at the two other federated universities on LU’s campus, Thorneloe University and Huntington University — remain empty for now as a result of Laurentian’s actions.

There are still significant hurdles to surmount when it comes to getting the necessary funding and regulatory approvals in place for the University of Sudbury’s plans.