The University of Manitoba Faculty Association (UMFA) representing full time faculty, will be on strike and setting up pickets around the University effective 7:00 AM tomorrow (Tuesday, November 1st).

Our email/post of 29 October 2016 outlined your responsibilities as Unionized workers with valid Collective Agreements with the University of Manitoba.

CUPE 3909 fully supports the UMFA strike and their members’ right to bargain a fair contract. We suggest that our members show their support for the UMFA strike by doing the following outside of their scheduled working hours:

Express your support for striking UMFA members at the picket lines. They know that CUPE 3909 members are legally obligated to cross picket lines and report to work. They will appreciate it if you stop and talk to them and show solidarity as you go to work.

Join UMFA workers and walk with them on the picket lines. Your presence will be a public show of support and will be a big morale booster.

CUPE 3909 Instructors who have students who have declared that they will not cross picket lines for political reasons or principles can call 204 250 8697 for information and advice on how to handle this situation.

Should you encounter any problems or have any questions or concerns during this period please contact Karen Naylor at 204 250 8697, CUPE 3909 VP2 (handling Unit 1 and Unit 2 strike related questions).

In Solidarity, CUPE 3909 Executive Board