TORONTO, Sept. 18, 2011 /CNW/ - A tentative agreement has been reached
to end an 18-day strike by more than 8,000 community college support
staff in Ontario.
The deal, which must still be ratified by college staff members, was
reached late Sunday night following two-days of intensive bargaining by
negotiators for management and the Ontario Public Service Employees
"I applaud the tentative deal reached tonight by the negotiating teams,"
said OPSEU President Warren (Smokey) Thomas. "We said all along that a
fair and just agreement was only possible when the two sides could sit
across the bargaining table from each other and I'm pleased to report
that was the case."
Rod Bemister, chair of the OPSEU bargaining team, said the union managed
to secure key contract proposals it had brought forward and will
recommend that members approve the tentative deal.
"Our position from the start of contract talks was that this round of
negotiations would be about preserving the good jobs our members
currently enjoy, while at the same time ensuring that good jobs will be
in place for future college support staff. We believe we met those
objectives," said Bemister.
Employees will return to work on Tuesday, September 20.
Details of the agreement will not be available until after a
ratification vote. A date for the vote has not been set.
SOURCE Ontario Public Service Employees Union (OPSEU)
For further information:
Chair, CAAT Support Bargaining Team