Carleton University workers demand a fair deal

    OTTAWA, March 28 /CNW Telbec/ - The Union representing Carleton
University skilled trades and maintenance employees has called in the services
of a Labour conciliator to assist the parties in negotiating a collective
agreement. Local 910 of the Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE) filed
for conciliation after several months of bargaining with Carleton University
failed to achieve a collective agreement.
    CUPE Local 910 members have also given their negotiation committee a 95%
strike mandate should talks break down at conciliation.
    The Union is requesting a package of wage and benefit increases roughly
equivalent to that achieved by CUPE Local 2424. CUPE Local 2424 representing
office and professional workers at Carleton University went on strike for
two weeks in September 2007 to achieve a contract. The Union is also
requesting an adjustment for its skilled trades classifications which have
fallen behind the going hourly rates paid to skilled trades workers in other
comparable institutions.
    The Union also is fighting concessions tabled by Carleton University in
the areas of personal leave and temporary workers.
    Conciliation will begin on April 16th and a failure on the part of
Carleton to table an acceptable offer could lead to a strike. "Our members
would rather reach a deal at the negotiating table. But if the University
doesn't change its current position, we may have to take job action," said Bob
Helem, Local 910 president.
    The union is calling on other members of the University community to tell
the Carleton Board of Governors that they need to make a better offer. It is a
question of basic fairness.

For further information:

For further information: Susan Arab, CUPE National Rep., (613) 237-0115
(w), (613) 769-7553 (c); Bob Helem, CUPE 910 President, (613) 692-3916; Benoit
Renaud, CUPE Communications, (613) 818-0077

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