Chiropractic college faculty take strike vote in quest for first contract

    TORONTO, Feb. 14 /CNW Telbec/ - Faculty at the Canadian Memorial
Chiropractic College have voted 97% in favour of strike action and will be in
a legal strike position if they are not able to negotiate a first collective
agreement by March 4.
    "This is about respect and fairness," said CUPE National Representative
Denise Carter. "We have been meeting at the bargaining table for almost two
years and management's negotiators are still dragging their feet.
    "It's time for the administration to adjust its attitude."
    The 100-plus faculty members, who have belonged to CUPE 4773 since 2006,
provide instruction for more than 700 students at the college.
    "The faculty do not want to strike," Carter said. "They do not want to
disrupt the academic year for students. But enough is enough. They need a fair
contract now."
    With workload still an outstanding issue and no discussion yet of
salaries, the union requested a "no board" report, which sets a legal strike
or lockout deadline of 12:01 a.m., Tuesday, March 4.
    "We hope the college administration gets the message: we are serious
about negotiating a collective agreement. Let's get back to the table and get
it settled," Carter said.
    The parties are scheduled to meet again with a conciliator on
February 25.

For further information:

For further information: Denise Carter, CUPE National Representative,
(416) 292-3999, cell (519)778-8937; Pat Daley, CUPE Communications, (416)
292-3999, cell (416) 616-6142

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