TORONTO, Sept. 8, 2011 /CNW/ - The Ontario Public Service Employees
Union has invited negotiators for community college management to
return to the bargaining table in a bid to kick-start talks on a new
contract for 8,000 striking support staff.
"Today I'm inviting management to pick up the phone and call me," Rod
Bemister, chair of the union's bargaining team, told a picket line
rally today at George Brown College in downtown Toronto.
"All they need to say is that they're prepared to resume talks."
Later, Bemister said he had faith that management negotiators would
return to the table with "an open mind and a fresh approach" to the
talks, which broke down Aug. 31 when the two sides failed to reach an
"Let me repeat what I said on Sept. 1," said Bemister. "We are prepared
to return to negotiations at any time and anywhere management wants to
meet provided they return with a fresh approach.
"We remain very concerned about management proposals that will erode the
good jobs our members currently enjoy, but we won't settle this on the
picket line; a settlement must be reached at the negotiating table."
OPSEU represents more than 8,000 full-time, permanent employees at 24
community colleges across the province. Wages, benefits and job
security remain the outstanding issues.
SOURCE Ontario Public Service Employees Union (OPSEU)
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