OTTAWA, Sept. 6 /CNW Telbec/ - Leaders from the Canadian Union of Public
Employees (CUPE) Ontario will join striking Carleton University workers on the
picket lines today to highlight the Ontario government's continued and severe
underfunding of post-secondary education.
"CUPE workers should not continue to be short-changed by the Carleton
administration and backed against a wall every two years when it comes time to
negotiate their contracts," says Fred Hahn, Secretary-Treasurer of CUPE
Ontario. "Nor should these workers bear the brunt of successive policies by
the Liberal and Conservative governments that have led to Ontario being ranked
second-last in provincial funding for post-secondary education."
The 700 professional, office, technical and support staff represented by
CUPE 2424 set up picket lines on Wednesday, September 5. Carleton's
administration has offered CUPE workers far less than the wage settlement they
recently awarded faculty. The administration has forced CUPE workers to a
strike deadline in every contract negotiation for the last 10 years.
At this media conference:
Date: Thursday, September 6, 2007
Time: 4:00 p.m.
Location: Carleton University
Main Entrance - Bronson & Sunnyside
(in front of picketers)
Speakers will include:
- Fred Hahn, Secretary-Treasurer, CUPE Ontario
- Janice Folk-Dawson, Chair of CUPE Ontario's University Workers'
Coordinating Committee (OUWCC)
- Spokesperson from CUPE 2424
For further information:
For further information: Valerie Dugale, CUPE Communications, (647)
225-3685; Janice Folk-Dawson, OUWCC Chair, (519) 766-8376; Fred Hahn, CUPE
Ontario Secretary-Treasurer, (416) 540-3979