OTTAWA, March 3, 2014 /CNW/ - Campus Safety workers at Ottawa's Carleton
University have a strike deadline of 12:01 Monday morning, March 10,
With three days of bargaining scheduled for March 7, 8 and 9, the
workers remain hopeful that they will receive an offer of a fair
contract before the deadline is reached.
Carleton is a prosperous University that has experienced exceptional
growth, from 20,000 students and staff to 30,000 since 2007. The number
of Campus Safety workers has not grown to match the increased need.
"Carleton University says they value the importance of student safety on
campus. Now it's time to for them walk the talk and invest in their
frontline staff," said OPSEU President, Warren (Smokey) Thomas.
Campus Safety workers at Carleton University receive lower wages and
benefits than their counterparts at other major universities such as
Guelph, University of Toronto and Western.
"All we are asking for is what is fair. These workers deliver
around-the-clock safety services to students on campus, and deserve at
least some basic respect from their employer. Many of them are earning
barely more than minimum wage," said OPSEU Negotiator, Nelson Ross
Laguna, who has been working to help reach a contract with Carleton
University since October 2013.
"If these workers are forced to go on strike we don't see how campus
safety can be maintained in their absence," said Laguna.
OPSEU Local 404 shares the March 10 strike deadline with CUPE 4600, and
the two unions are supporting each other in solidarity throughout their
respective negotiations with Carleton University. CUPE 4600 represents
Carleton teaching assistants and contract instructors.
There are 50 Carleton University Safety Workers including special
constables, dispatchers, campus safety officers and student safety
For further information:
Nelson Ross Laguna, OPSEU Negotiator:
1-800-268-7376 x5445, NRossLaguna@opseu.org
Brent Gobeo, Bargaining Team Chair and OPSEU Local 404 Vice-President: