Union to U Guelph: Here’s our "Plan B". In fact, here are 14 of them

Union offers alternatives to save 130 jobs slated to be cut as low-enrolment courses chopped

According to The Guelph Mercury, the union representing sessional lecturers and teaching assistants at the University of Guelph has presented the school with 14 possible solutions it hopes will save 130 jobs that are on the chopping block.

The CUPE Local 3913 members met with university administrators Tuesday morning and presented 14 solutions that they say are designed to minimize “negative impacts on union members.”

“We are hoping [the university] will come back with even better [suggestions],” says union chair Trudi Lorenz.

The cuts are slated in courses that have seen low enrolment. The university notified the union in May that the jobs would be eliminated.

The group’s staff representative, Toni Xerri, says many sessional lecturers rely on the jobs, which they have to apply for every four months to keep. “This comes as a devastating blow.”

The university has yet to respond to the union’s requests.