Contract talks break down at University of Guelph: Members of United Steelworkers' union to take strike vote

    GUELPH, ON, July 11 /CNW/ - Talks for a new collective agreement have
come to an impasse between the United Steelworkers (USW) Local 4120 and the
University of Guelph, despite the assistance of a mediator from the Ontario
Labour Relations Board.
    USW Local 4120 represents approximately 1,000 support, administrative and
technical staff at the university.
    "We will not accept a sub-standard collective agreement that fails to
address the needs of our members," said USW chief negotiator Fil Falbo. "When
universities are reporting decent compensation for their faculty and
presidents, it's only fair that our members get their fair share too.
Therefore we have requested that a no-board report be issued by the Ministry
of Labour, which will put out members in a legal strike position, if
    "Our members are an integral part of this university and deserve a fair
and decent compensation package for their hard work," said Local 4120
President Margaret Carter. "We will not accept anything less."
    Talks came to a standstill over issues of job security, compensation and
pensions. Further meeting will be scheduled by the Ministry of Labour for
Aug 11 & 12.

    Canada's most diverse union, the USW represents more than 280,000 men and
women working in every sector of the economy. The Steelworkers' website is

For further information:

For further information: Margaret Carter, (519) 824-4120, ext. 58727,
(519) 239-8083; Fil Falbo, (905) 601-5151

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