Back-to-work law is wrong way to settle York strike, says Sid Ryan

    TORONTO, Jan. 25 /CNW Telbec/ - Premier Dalton McGuinty should be telling
the York University administration to go back to the bargaining table instead
of introducing back-to-work legislation to end the strike by members of CUPE
3903, says CUPE Ontario President Sid Ryan.
    "We are firmly opposed to legislation that ends the collective bargaining
process," said Ryan. "There is no reason to bring that process to a close when
the union has tabled a much altered position."
    Ryan welcomed the decision by the Ontario NDP to refuse unanimous consent
for introducing legislation today (Jan.25).
    "The NDP is standing up for the rights of workers," he said. "And, they
are creating additional time that could be used by the parties to negotiate a
settlement before the bill is passed. McGuinty should be telling York's
administration to get back to the table immediately instead of relying on the
provincial government to do their work for them."
    If McGuinty truly wants to help resolve the key issues in the strike,
said Janice Folk-Dawson, chair of the CUPE Ontario university workers
coordinating committee, he should put adequate funding into the province's
postsecondary sector.
    "With adequate funding, York wouldn't have to deny job security and
decent incomes to contract faculty who do more than 50% of the teaching. The
same applies at all other universities in Ontario," she said. "It's time to
address the issue of contract work in a serious way."
    Sid Ryan will address a rally today by CUPE 3903 members and supporters
at 12 noon at Queen's Park.

For further information:

For further information: Sid Ryan, President, CUPE Ontario, (416)
209-0066; Pat Daley, CUPE Communications, (416) 616-6142

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