OTTAWA, Sept. 5 /CNW Telbec/ - Students at Carleton are ready to put down
their books and walk the picket lines with members of Canadian Union of Public
Employees (CUPE) local 2424. CUPE 2424 represents the clerical, library,
secretarial, administrative and technical staff at Carleton University. CUPE
2424 has taken legal strike action after the university refused to budge at
the negotiation table.
"The members of CUPE 2424 are the workers who keep the University
functioning," says Jessica Squires, Vice-President External for the Graduate
Students' Association (GSA). "The administration at Carleton has once again
decided to put students' academic year at risk instead of bargaining seriously
with workers. They may have thought these workers wouldn't actually strike;
they may think they have no support. They're wrong."
"Carleton University needs to be reminded that its purpose is to provide
education," adds Oren Howlett, President of the GSA. "Demanding concessions
from support staff and treating them like cheap labour is no way to ensure a
quality education. What kind of retention policy is this?"
Over 400 members of the GSA will be joining CUPE 2424 on the picket lines
by the Hartwell Locks at 4:30 PM today. Following this show of solidarity
members will hear speeches from Michael Hurley, Regional Vice-President of
CUPE, and Amanda Aziz, National Chairperson of the Canadian Federation of
The GSA Council voted unanimously to support CUPE 2424 and will be moving
its services off-campus if the strike continues. For Sept. 5-7, the GSA
offices will be closed but services will be provided on-campus from the
graduate restaurant and pub, Mike's Place.
For further information:
For further information: Jessica Squires, GSA Vice-President, (819)