Steelworkers, University of Guelph Reach Tentative Agreement

GUELPH, ON, Sept. 8, 2011 /CNW/ - Negotiators for 900 University of Guelph employees have reached a tentative agreement to avert a strike that was set to begin as early as today.

The tentative contract was negotiated early this morning between the university and its administrative, technical and teaching support staff, who are represented by Local 4120 of the United Steelworkers (USW).

"Through negotiations that were challenging for all involved, we have been able to achieve a fair deal for our hard-working members and for the university," said Wendy Morley, USW Local 4120 President.

"In the end, both the university and our bargaining committees worked very hard to reach a deal and avoid a strike," Morley added. "As a result, we are happy to report that this academic year will not begin with a disruption for students and the entire university community.

"Our members have always ensured that the academic programs, labs and animal care facilities at the University of Guelph run smoothly. We look forward to helping make our students' experience one of the most rewarding of their lives."

Union members will learn details of the tentative contract at an information session, which will be followed by a ratification vote. Dates, times and locations for the information session and the ratification vote have yet to be finalized.

The union's negotiating committee is unanimously recommending that members approve the tentative contract.

SOURCE United Steelworkers (USW)

For further information:

Wendy Morley, President, USW Local 4120, 519-766-4120, wendy@uswa4120.ca;
Tom Walsh, USW Staff Representative, 519-650-3405, twalsh@usw.ca.


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