Concordia support workers reach tentative agreement

    MONTREAL, Feb. 11 /CNW Telbec/ - Five and a half years after their
collective agreement expired, Concordia University's 450 unionized support
staff workers may finally have a deal.
    Andre Legault, president of the Concordia University Support Staff Union
(CSN), announced today that an agreement-in-principle had been reached with
the University administration. CUSSU members will be voting to accept or
reject the agreement during a general meeting on Friday, February 15.
    "The CUSSU negotiation and executive committees are satisfied that the
agreement will meet our members' needs and we will recommend they endorse it
at our general meeting," said Mr. Legault.
    If the deal is accepted by the members, it will herald the end of a
drawn-out struggle by three CSN unions at Concordia. The Concordia University
Library Employees Union and the Concordia University Union of Support Staff -
Technical Sector both ratified new collective agreements in 2007.
    "Our negotiations involved one rector, one president and one interim
president at Concordia," noted Mr. Legault, referring to Frederic Lowy, Claude
Lajeunesse and the current interim president of Concordia, Michael Di Grappa.
    "We want to thank the university community for its support and
understanding. We also want to thank the CSN for its unwavering support during
a long battle that began in September 2002."

For further information:

For further information: Lyle Stewart, CSN Communications Service, (514)

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