Steelworkers, University of Toronto Reach Tentative Agreement

TORONTO, Sept. 6, 2011 /CNW/ - University of Toronto administrative and technical staff will vote Friday on a tentative agreement their union has negotiated with the university.

The tentative deal was reached over the weekend following lengthy bargaining sessions between United Steelworkers (USW) Local 1998 and the university administration.

"It was a very difficult set of negotiations and in the end we were able to reach a fair agreement that we could take back to our members with a recommendation for approval", said USW Local 1998 President Allison Dubarry.

The union's bargaining committee is unanimously recommending that members ratify the tentative agreement when voting takes place Friday.

Union members will be able to review details of the new tentative agreement at a meeting Wednesday, September 7 at Convocation Hall, between noon and 2 p.m. Union members at the U of T's Mississauga and Scarborough campuses will be able to participate in the meeting through video-conference links.

Union members will vote on the new deal on Friday, with voting locations and times still being finalized.

The new agreement affects more than 3,800 administrative and technical workers at the University of Toronto.

USW Local 1998 represents the largest number of unionized employees within the University of Toronto - about 6,000 workers in total. In addition to administrative and technical staff, Local 1998 also represents about 2,200 casual employees at the U of T. Contract negotiations between the casual employees and the university are expected to begin within the next few weeks.

SOURCE United Steelworkers (USW)

For further information:

Allison Dubarry, USW Local 1998, (416) 506-9090, x224,
Bryan Adamczyk, USW Staff Representative, 416-977-7274,


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