Aramark food service workers vote to strike for fair wages



    NORTH BAY, ON, Aug. 14 /CNW Telbec/ - Aramark food service staff working
at Canadore College/Nipissing University, Commerce Court and in eight
secondary schools throughout the Near North District School Board, have voted
100 per cent in favour of a strike if Aramark fails to make a fair contract
offer. The strike vote was held by the Canadian Union of Public Employees
(CUPE), the union representing the 60 area Aramark workers.
    "Our members deserve to earn a fair wage for the services they provide to
our community, for residents, students and customers in many facilities and
institutions in the region," said CUPE national representative
Monique Drapeau. "Workers have a hard time making ends meet with near minimum
wages, it's time for a living wage that let's our members provide for their
families."
    The workers' last contract expired on December 31, 2006. They currently
earn between 9 dollars and 10.90 an hour.
    "We are hoping to reach a negotiated settlement with the help of a
provincial conciliation officer, but a lot depends on the company's attitude
at the bargaining table," said Drapeau. "Our members are proud of the services
they offer to Aramark's clients, but management negotiators need to understand
that a reasonable wage increase is required here to prevent a strike - it's
basic economics and cost of living." Conciliation talks are scheduled for
August 16.




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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