CUPE 1334 at the University of Guelph ratifies collective agreement

    GUELPH, ON, March 20 /CNW Telbec/ - CUPE Local 1334, Trades, Maintenance
and Service Workers at the University of Guelph have ratified a new collective
agreement. A tentative agreement was reached after an extremely difficult
bargaining period and past the official strike deadline.
    "Our members have ratified this new collective agreement," said Janice
Folk-Dawson, president of CUPE 1334. "However, our negotiations were tiresome
and problematic and while our local ratified this new contract our members are
not happy with the results.
    "Our employer, a university that teaches young minds to think creatively
played a dangerous game by keeping unacceptable concessions on the table until
the very last minute.
    "My members have been very clear with me - they are not prepared to be
mistreated by our employer again. We are crucial to the smooth operation of
the university and the health and safety of students and staff alike. We will
not be bullied and we will not accept concessions that we have fought so hard
to win.
    "On another, more positive note I'd like to thank all those who were so
supportive and helpful during our negotiations - students, other unions, other
university staff and students, Guelph faculty and of course our community at
large. We were joined at the information picket, and at our solidarity rally,
by many, many supporters and we received many letters and e-mails of support
all of which were sincerely appreciated.
    "We would be extremely remiss not to let all our supports know how much
we appreciated them and to extend our thanks," Folk-Dawson concluded.
    CUPE 1334 Trades, Maintenance and Service workers are the employees who
keep the university operating efficiently, keep the university clean, keep the
standard of health and safety Ontario universities have come to expect.

For further information:

For further information: Janice Folk-Dawson, President CUPE 1334, (519)
766-8376 (cell), (519) 836-5470 (union office); Wendy Forbes, CUPE
Communications Rep., (416) 292-3999

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