The first bargaining session with SEU trades and powerhouse took place on October 3, 2013. The session kicked off with members of both bargaining committees introducing themselves. The parties then each presented their full sets of proposals. Finally, the parties discussed what should be considered priority topics to be negotiated.
The parties met on October 2, 2013 and discussed at length the objectives and concerns and the implications of treating food and dining and residences as two different departments. Several scenarios were considered in view of satisfying both parties’ interests. Discussions led to possible solutions stemming from each party. A global solution is being considered at this time with some important details still remaining to be discussed. The next meeting is scheduled for October 9.
At the November 6, 2013 meeting, the university presented the content of a letter of agreement about the separation of food and dining from residences, resulting in two different structural units. Until now, food and dining was a sub-section of residences. Upon signing of the agreement, the food and dining unit will be called dining services while residences will be called housing services.