Media advisory - Story and photo opportunity at Carleton University - CUPE national leaders to join labour rally in support of Carleton University staff on strike alert, Thursday, August 30



    OTTAWA, Aug. 29 /CNW Telbec/ - CUPE national president Paul Moist and
secretary-treasurer Claude Généreux will join members of Local 2424 of the
Canadian Union of Public Employees and campus community supporters for a rally
at 12:10 pm, Thursday, August 30, in the Tory Quad courtyard, outside the Tory
Building on the campus of Carleton University. The rally is in support of
700 professional, office, technical and support staff who face a potential
strike or lockout.

    
    Who?   CUPE National President Paul Moist
           CUPE National Secretary-Treasurer Claude Généreux
           Members of Local 2424 of the Canadian Union of Public
           Employees (CUPE)
           Labour, Carleton campus community and other supporters

    What?  Rally in support of professional, office, technical and support
           staff at Carleton University, who face a potential strike or
           lockout

    When?  Thursday, August 30, 12:10 pm

    Where? Tory Quad courtyard, outside the Tory Building
           Carleton University Campus, Ottawa, Ontario
    

    The workers' last contract expired on June 30, and they will be in a
legal strike or lockout position at 12:01 am, September 5. If a deal is not
reached in mediation, a strike would affect the university library, academic
offices, mail, security, health and computer services, and students' course
changes after registration, as well as all office, technical and other support
services. CUPE negotiators will meet the employer in mediation August 30 and
September 4, but Carleton's administration refused the union's offer to
continue meeting throughout the Labour Day weekend, August 31 to September 3,
to try and avert a strike.
    "We're facing a tough fight for a fair contract," said CUPE national
representative Susan Arab. "Carleton administration is offering our members
less than half the raise they gave faculty earlier this year - a quick change
in attitude on management's side will be needed in order to reach a negotiated
settlement. Just this week, we learned they won't continue benefit coverage in
the event of a strike or lockout, which is a common labour relations practice
in Ontario." Local 2424 is preparing for a strike, and CUPE national is making
arrangements for continued benefit coverage in the event of a labour conflict.




For further information:

For further information: Susan Arab, CUPE National Representative, (613)
237-0115, (613) 769-7553 (cell); Robert Lamoureux, CUPE Communications, (416)
292-3999

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