Media advisory - Information picket as strike looms at University of Guelph

    GUELPH, ON, Feb. 27 /CNW Telbec/ - As a strike at the University of
Guelph looms, members of the Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE) Local
1334, the trades, maintenance and service workers will hold an information
picket tomorrow (Thursday, February 28).
    "We will march from 11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. in Branion Plaza at the
University of Guelph to explain to students, faculty, other unions and the
public, how we have come to such a stage," said Janice Folk-Dawson, president
of CUPE 1334. "The university is demanding concessions to our benefits and
pensions that we cannot accept.
    "The University of Windsor has reached a tentative no concessions
agreement (to be ratified in the coming weeks) with their workers, and there
is no reason that the University of Guelph cannot do the same thing. We're
only asking for a fair deal."
    CUPE 1334, trades, maintenance, and service workers are the employees who
keep the university clean and operating efficiently.
    "If we are forced to strike, it will be detrimental to the students and
faculty who have had to work in an environment that is not being maintained to
the standard we expect from our universities.
    "It will also be embarrassing for the university. Our strike date is
March 8, and the week of March 10 is Campus Preview Days when prospective
students and their parents visit the university as they consider the
university of their choice. As well, the following weekend is College Royal
Open House when there will be 30,000 visitors to our campus," Folk-Dawson

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 Representative, (416) 292-3999

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