Concordia University support staff on strike: Four years is enough



    MONTREAL, March 15 /CNW Telbec/ - More than five years after they last
received a salary increase, Concordia's support staff is on a 24-hour strike
this morning in an effort to force the university administration to negotiate
seriously.
    The collective agreement for the 454 members of the Concordia University
Support Staff Union (CUSSU-CSN) expired more than four years ago. Three weeks
ago, members voted 87 per cent in favour of three days of strike action at a
general assembly.
    "The members are very angry at their employer," said CUSSU President
André Legault. "The Concordia administration is playing hardball with its own
workers, who simply want fair and decent treatment. We are taking action today
to encourage the administration to concentrate on reaching a collective
agreement with our members."
    Concordia is stalling talks over non-monetary items such as seniority
rights, job re-evaluations, and fair compensation for members taking on
additional tasks when a fellow employee is temporarily absent.
    The administration has resorted to negotiating publicly by posting on the
university web site their last contract offer, which had been rejected by 87.5
per cent of the membership. It has also tried to intimidate employees by
threatening legal action over union pressure tactics.
    "Our members are happy to finally be able to respond to Concordia's
underhanded negotiating strategy," said André Legault. "There are several
other unions at Concordia that have faced the same regressive approach. We
invite them to come express their solidarity with us on our picket lines."




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For further information: Lyle Stewart, CSN communications service, (514)
796-2066


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