McMaster Workers Turn Down Contract Offer, Sending University Back to the Bargaining Table

    HAMILTON, ON, Sept. 4 /CNW/ - Workers at McMaster University have turned
down a contract offer in a vote forced by university administration. The vote
took place September 2 and 3 and was turned down by a margin of more than 61
per cent.
    The vote was ordered by the university after four months of negotiations
between CAW Local 555 and McMaster failed to produce a negotiated settlement,
with the university refusing to budge on demands for contract roll-backs on
pensions, post-retirement benefits and job evaluations.
    "Our members at McMaster have refused to be bullied by the university
into accepting an inferior contract with unnecessary concessions," said Matt
Root, CAW Local 555 president. "The pension plan is nearly fully funded, so
there is no reason for the university to introduce a two-tier pension plan for
new hires."
    CAW Local 555 will return to the bargaining table with the university. No
dates have yet been set to resume talks.
    "McMaster has been incredibly aggressive in its communications to the
workers, attempting to scare people into voting in favour of the contract.
Obviously, workers at McMaster saw through these efforts and recognized that
what the university is proposing could have long term negative consequences
for their work lives and retirement security."

    CAW Local 555 represents 2,100 workers at McMaster University in medical
research, administrative support, technical and library services and printing.

For further information:

For further information: CAW Communications Director Shannon Devine,
(cell) (416) 302-1699 or CAW National Representative Ron Smith, (cell) (647)

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