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Rita LaCivita, Dolores Handsor, John Dekok, John Gartner, Mike Houlahan, Alan WildemanRita LaCivita, vice-president of human resources (left), and UWindsor president Alan Wildeman (right) congratulate Unifor local representatives Dolores Handsor of 2458 full-time, John Dekok of 195 Campus Police, John Gartner of 2458 operating engineers, and Mike Houlahan of 2458 part-time.

Official signing completes campus Unifor contracts

The conclusion of contracts with the four Unifor locals on campus helps to secure stability through 2019, says Rita LaCivita, vice-president of human resources. Officials gathered Thursday in the Toldo Health Education Centre to formally sign collective agreements reached in October 2016.

“Everyone worked diligently to reach fair contracts for all of us,” LaCivita said. “This is the final step in the process and it is worth celebrating.”

UWindsor president Alan Wildeman, who announced in January his intention to step down in June 2018, noted this was his last round of contract negotiations.

“Bargaining with Unifor over the years has always been a very respectful and professional relationship,” he said. “I thank you for the many and different ways you have contributed to completing the latest rounds of bargaining.”

Unifor represents full-time and part-time office and clerical staff, operating engineers, Campus Police and Parking Services. A similar ceremony for the three campus locals of the Canadian Union of Public Employees will follow soon, LaCivita says.