Media Advisory - Staff unions call tentative agreement with CUPE a victory

    OTTAWA, March 17 /CNW Telbec/ - The unions representing about 750 staff
of the Canadian Union of Public Employees say the tentative agreement reached
at 4 a.m. today is a victory that gives members access to their pension
    "We were able to fight off concessions and win on the major issues that
were left on the table," said Karen McNama, president of the Canadian Staff
Union (CSU) on behalf of the joint bargaining committee with the Canadian
Office & Professional Employees (COPE) and the Administrative & Technical
Staff Union (ATSU).
    "The strength our members showed right across the country with their
willingness to take strike action allowed us to get a deal," said COPE
President Lin Pennesi. The members of all three unions walked off the job
yesterday after 15 months without a contract and two weeks of escalating
national job action.
    ATSU President Sylvia Sioufi said the tentative agreement provides access
to the pension surplus to make benefit improvements.
    Details of the package will go out to members for ratification in the
coming weeks.

For further information:

For further information: Pat Daley, (416) 616-6142; Andrea Addario,

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