Carleton University Students' Association President Will Not Resign from Board of Governors Despite Chair's Request

    OTTAWA, Sept. 7 /CNW Telbec/ - Board of Governors' Chair David Dunn
suggested this morning that Carleton University Students' Association's
President, Shelley Melanson stop criticizing the university administration for
forcing support staff on strike, or she resign her position as student
representative on the Board of Governors. Mr. Dunn alleged that Melanson's
comments supporting striking CUPE 2424 members were "anti-university" and that
she was in a conflict of interest for voicing students' support of striking
    "I am shocked at the Chair's suggestion that I should resign", said
Shelley Melanson, President of the Carleton University Students' Association,
"My remarks were anything but anti-university; they were supportive of the
staff who make Carleton University work on a day-to-day basis. The Chair was
out of line and I have absolutely no intention of resigning my seat. I was
elected to the Board of Governors to voice the concerns and view of thousands
of students, and that is exactly what I have been doing" continued Melanson,
    Support staff at the University represented by CUPE 2424, have been on
strike since Wednesday morning. The Students' Association voted to support
CUPE 2424 in their strike at a council meeting last week. Students have been
walking the Picket line in support of the striking support staff at Carleton
University, and orientation leaders refused to participate in the
administration's academic day.
    "The support staff are an integral part of Carleton University, and that
is why students along with faculty, teaching and research assistants across
campus have criticized the administration for dragging their heels in
negotiations" stated Melanson.

For further information:

For further information: Shelley Melanson, President, Carleton
University Students' Association, Cellular (613) 552-8213

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