Correction - Carleton Board of Governors tries to dump student rep - shuts down freedom of speech

    OTTAWA, Sept. 7 /CNW Telbec/ - The Canadian Union of Public Employees
(CUPE) condemns Carleton University's Board of Governors for attacking freedom
of speech, by asking undergraduate student board member Shelley Melanson to
step down because she spoke out against the administration's recent handling
of labour relations.
    "Carleton is stooping to new lows, trying to shut down debate and curtail
freedom of speech by pressuring a member who spoke out about the university's
handling of the current strike and labour crisis at the university to resign,"
said CUPE national representative Susan Arab, representing 700 workers
currently on strike at Carleton. "Instead of trying to find a solution to the
crisis, the university seems to be digging a hole for itself that's getting
deeper and deeper."
    Shelley Melanson, president of the Carleton University Students
Association, was also elected to represent undergraduate students on the
university's Board of Governors, with a term running to June, 2008. Today, the
Board of Governors asked Ms. Melanson to resign from the board because of a
perceived conflict of interest over comments she made about labour relations
at Carleton.

    CUPE represents 700 professional, office, technical and support staff at
Carleton University, on strike since September 5 to fight for an equitable
collective agreement.

For further information:

For further information: Susan Arab, CUPE National Representative, (613)
237-0115, (613) 769-7553 (cell); Robert Lamoureux, CUPE Communications, (416)

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