Update and Message from Marilyn Boutilier


The Waterloo Public Interest Research Group would like to provide an update on Marilyn's situation as well as pass along a message from Marilyn. On January 21 Marilyn and her union representatives met with Marilyn Thompson, Associate Provost, Human Resources. At this meeting UW offered Marilyn a settlement in return for dropping the campaign and forgoing labour arbitration. Marilyn has since decided that taking the settlement is the best option for her and her family. While the details must remain confidential, Marilyn and us are confident that the settlement offered was due to the public support that all of you showed for Marilyn. In Marilyn's words:

“Dear friends and supporters,

I would like to thank you all for your support and kind words during my ordeal with the university. It has meant the world to me and I will never forget the friends I have made over the years working at Browser's and the people who came forward to help me. You all believed in me, and know in your hearts it was worth fighting for. I wish you all the best and will never forget!

Yours truly,

Marilyn Boutilier”

WPIRG would also like to thank all of you for supporting Marilyn and signing our letter. Together we were able to make a difficult situation easier for Marilyn while raising important concerns about how our university handled this matter. And we now know that there is a campus community (with local community support) willing to speak together in the public interest on matters of concern on campus. This is something we can build on and that is no small achievement. We think student, staff and faculty working together have an important role to play at the University of Waterloo and we intend to keep on organizing! If you are interested in this kind of collaboration, please do get in touch.


Alex Diceanu, WPIRG Staff

on behalf of the Waterloo Public Interest Research Group