Canadian Office and Professional Employees Union Local 343 - Media Release

    TORONTO, Oct. 15 /CNW/ - Thirty-six employees of the International Union
of Operating Engineers Local 793 are voting on a final offer tabled on
October 11 by Local 793. If this offer is rejected, as it is expected to be,
the employees will be on strike October 27.
    A strike by the members of the Canadian Office and Professional Employees
Union Local 343 would affect the offices of the Operating Engineers Union at
its head office in Oakville, its training centre in Morrisburg, Ontario and
its regional offices situated throughout the province.
    Job security issues are primarily the cause of the disagreement. The COPE
members are trying to protect their work jurisdiction. They are also
attempting to negotiate language which will protect them from financial ruin
in the case of a termination grievance while the grievance is being
adjudicated. Additionally, they are requesting what is commonly referred to as
a "sunset clause", which would have disciplinary notations removed from their
files after a reasonable period of time. This kind of clause is quite common
in an office or industrial setting.
    An unfair labour practice has been filed against IUOE Local 793 for
changing working conditions during the statutory "freeze" period under the
Ontario Labour Relations Act, which prohibits an employer from changing
conditions during negotiations. A hearing has been scheduled at the Ontario
Labour Relations Board for early December.

For further information:

For further information: Janice Best, Director, COPE Ontario, (416)
703-8515, ext. 225

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