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What is a strike?

A strike is a collective withdrawal of services or stoppage of work generally used to apply pressure on an employer to agree to terms and conditions of employment. Unit 1 OPSEU 677 Members will cease to perform all work considered part of their normal duties and responsibilities at NOSM University including work performed online. While this is undoubtedly difficult for Members, it is critical that all Members withdraw services to ensure the effectiveness of job action and the fastest possible conclusion of a collective agreement. Therefore, Members are expected to withdraw services in all domains of work. Examples of services to be withheld include, but are not limited to:
  • Graduate and undergraduate teaching at all campuses and via all modes of delivery (holding classes off-campus or asking graduate students to teach are considered strike-breaking)
  • Clinical supervision and teaching
  • Routine advising of students and non-student learners
  • Teaching-related or professional consultation with students and learners by telephone, email, or via other modes of communication
  • Supervision and assessment of graduate proposals, theses, and projects
  • Supervision of student or learner internships or practica
  • All professional services (e.g. Librarian Members and Professional Staff Members)
  • Clinical work if and as performed as part of NOSM University employment
  • Participation in any and all NOSM University committees and in non-NOSM committees where the Member is representing NOSM University
  • All research or scholarly activities (other than required animal care and specifically exempted duties relating to sensitive experiments, as governed by the strike protocol to be negotiated)
  • Attendance at scholarly conferences
  • Maintenance of electronic systems used for teaching or other NOSM University functions