Steelworkers reach tentative agreement with University of Toronto



    TORONTO, Sept. 7 /CNW/ - United Steelworkers' (USW) Ontario/Atlantic
Director Wayne Fraser announced Sunday that a tentative agreement has been
reached with the University of Toronto hours before a strike deadline of
midnight for 3,500 administrative, technical and support staff.
    No details will be released until members of USW Local 1998 at U of T's
three campuses hold meetings in the next few days to discuss the settlement,
with a vote anticipated on Friday. Earlier, union members voted 87 per cent in
favour of a strike mandate if no agreement could be reached with the
university.
    The USW also represents staff at two of the university's federated
colleges, Victoria University and St. Michael's, where negotiations will begin
soon.
    "We are pleased to have reached this agreement in advance of the
deadline," said Local 1998 President Allison Dubarry. "We are grateful for the
strong support of our membership, which has been crucial throughout this
process."

    Canada's most diverse union, the USW represents more than 280,000 men and
women working in every sector of the economy, including close to 7,000 in the
university sector.





For further information:

For further information: Bryan Adamczyk (USW Representative), (416)
977-7274, (905) 516-0466; Allison Dubarry (Pres., Local 1998), (416) 506-9090,
(416) 949-9008


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