Negotiations go nowhere: second strike day at Concordia



    MONTREAL, April 19 /CNW Telbec/ - Concordia University's support staff is
on a second 24-hour strike this morning while the university administration
continues to drag its heels in contract negotiations that are already over
four years old.
    Despite dropping many demands at the negotiating table by the Concordia
University Support Staff Union (CUSSU-CSN), the administration refuses to move
from its rigid bargaining stances, noted CUSSU President Andre Legault.
    "It briefly appeared that the administration would negotiate seriously
after our first strike day March 15," said Mr. Legault. "But the
administration has instead dug in its heels. Our last two negotiating days
have been a complete waste of time."
    Picket lines at both the downtown Sir George Williams and the Loyola
campuses will be set up at 8:30 am and continue until 12 noon.
    CUSSU's collective agreement expired more than four years ago, meaning
Concordia's 454 support staff workers have gone without a salary increase
since 2002. In late February, members voted 87 per cent in favour of three
days of strike action at a general assembly.
    Unresolved issues centre on non-monetary items such as seniority rights,
job placement, and fair compensation for members taking on additional tasks
when a fellow employee is temporarily absent.
    "The frustration level is very high among our members. We are trying to
bring resolution to this ordeal and have pulled back on many of our demands.
But the administration is continuing to stonewall and does not appear to be
interested in reaching a settlement," said Mr. Legault.




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