Aramark food service workers face fall strike or lockout

    NORTH BAY, ON, Aug. 20 /CNW Telbec/ - Aramark food service staff at
Canadore College/Nipissing University, Commerce Court and secondary schools
throughout the Near North District School Board, represented by the Canadian
Union of Public Employees (CUPE), face a strike or lockout in early September,
after conciliation talks with the company failed to produce an agreement.
    "Unfortunately, management has not yet tabled their final offer, choosing
to prolong negotiations beyond an acceptable timeframe," said Monique Drapeau,
CUPE national representative. "Our members want to continue providing food
services for residents, students and customers in area facilities and
institutions, including eight secondary schools."
    "We're talking about workers who only earn between 9 dollars and 10.90 an
hour," said Drapeau. "That's hardly a living wage in today's economy, it's
really an unacceptable situation." The workers' last contract expired
December 31, 2006. Negotiations are continuing in advance of the legal strike
or lockout deadline.
    "We will do our best to reach a negotiated settlement, and a strike is
really our last resort," said Drapeau, pointing out the employer could also
lock out the workers. "The reality is that our members won't have much choice
unless Aramark changes its position and moves towards a fair contract
settlement, to avoid a fall school disruption."

For further information:

For further information: Monique Drapeau, CUPE National Representative,
(705) 474-9765; Robert Lamoureux, CUPE Communications, (416) 292-3999

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