TORONTO, June 22, 2011 /CNW/ - Members of the Colleges of Applied Arts
and Technology Support Staff (CAAT-S) have set a strike vote for July
14, the Ontario Public Service Employees Union announced today.
"Working people must defend good jobs today to ensure that we have good
jobs in place for future generations," said Rod Bemister, chair of the
OPSEU bargaining team on behalf of more than 8,000 staff members
working at 24 colleges in the province.
"It seems clear to us that from the time we sat down at the bargaining
table with college management on June 7 there has been almost no
interest from their side to engage in serious negotiations.
"This is a wake up call to management," added Bemister. "Roll up your
sleeves and get down to the serious business of reaching a contract
settlement. We came to the table prepared to do so; now it's time that
the colleges exhibited the same determination."
The July 14 strike vote does not mean a walkout by college support
workers represented by OPSEU. A majority vote in favour of a strike
mandate would authorize a walkout only when the bargaining team
determines a contract settlement cannot be reached at the negotiation
"We do not want to settle this contract on the picket line, but we are
prepared to step in that direction if the colleges refuse to negotiate
those issues that our members have identified as being most important
to them," said Bemister.
Details on the strike vote will be released shortly.
SOURCE Ontario Public Service Employees Union (OPSEU)
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