City of London workers set to strike for fair deal



    LONDON, ON, June 27 /CNW Telbec/ - Municipal workers with the City of
London are set to go on strike July 5 if mediation talks between the city and
Local 101 of the Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE) fail to reach an
agreement.
    "All we want is to be treated fairly" said Cindy Cossar-Jones, president
of CUPE 101. "Instead the city is showing a lack of respect for our members by
doing everything possible to push us into a strike. We would like to inform
the public that we will have no choice but to go on strike if the city
continues to treat us in this fashion."
    Respect for workers, equitable wages and benefits similar to other Union
Locals employed by the city are the main outstanding issues for CUPE 101
members. CUPE 101 members recently voted 89 per cent in favour of a strike if
an equitable deal is not reached. Their last contract expired on December 31,
2007.
    "This has been a long and frustrating bargaining process," said
Cossar-Jones. "Management must change their attitude and work towards a fair
deal, otherwise municipal services that residents in our community count on
will be put at risk."
    CUPE 101 represents 750 'inside' workers at the City of London. A strike
or a lockout would affect municipal services, including finance and
administration, building and property standard inspections, by-law
enforcement, water and waste water treatment, tourism, traffic management,
roads construction management, recreation programs registration, social
services, provincial offences services, streets and traffic lights management,
IT services and more.
    Mediation talks with the city are scheduled for July 3 and 4. "Mediation
talks will give the city a final opportunity to show our members the respect
we deserve," said Cossar-Jones. CUPE 101 would like to continue to provide
services to the citizens of London, but we need a fair contract to avoid a
strike. "We urge residents to contact the mayor and councilors in support of
an equitable offer, to avert a strike."




For further information:

For further information: Cindy Cossar-Jones, President CUPE 101, (519)
432-6695; Fred Blake, CUPE National Rep., (519) 433-1753; James Chai, CUPE
Communications, (416) 292-3999

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