No wage increases since 2002 - Concordia support staff on strike today



    MONTREAL, Jan. 7 /CNW Telbec/ - Concordia University's 450 support staff
will strike this afternoon as the school's lowest-paid workers begin yet
another year at 2002 wages.
    Six years after their collective agreement expired, the Concordia
University Support Staff Union - the majority of whose members are women - is
saying serious negotiations must lead to a deal in talks scheduled this month.
    "If Concordia can find $1.6 million to pay off a president who worked
here for only two years, why is the administration insisting on treating its
least-paid employees in such shabby fashion?" wonders CUSSU president André
Legault.
    Support staff will stop working and picket lines will go up around the
downtown campus and at Loyola at 1 pm this afternoon.
    Sticking points in negotiations centre on four employer demands - that
the union withdraw 50 grievances, to modify bumping procedures, restrict union
liberations and to end a challenge to subcontracting in the university print
shop.
    "Concordia's demands are far more punitive than those in the recent
negotiations with two other employee unions," Mr. Legault noted. "The
administration of new president Michael Di Grappa appears to take great
pleasure in victimizing the most vulnerable of its workers."
    The union president will address his members at 3 pm in front of the Hall
Building at 1455 De Maisonneuve West.




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