Media advisory - Teaching and Graduate Assistants at Lakehead University vote overwhelmingly to strike

    THUNDER BAY, ON, March 20 /CNW Telbec/ - Teaching Assistants and Graduate
Assistants at Lakehead University in Thunder Bay, members of CUPE 3905, have
voted overwhelmingly to strike. Mediation is scheduled for tomorrow,
Wednesday, March 21st.
    Issues include wages and workload, job security and health benefits.
Students across the province have seen a jump in tuition fees, and at
Lakehead, the assistants are facing an increase in workload. As a result, they
are asking for appropriate compensation from the university.
    "At this point, the university has the lowest wage increase in the
province on the table," said Mike Walters, CUPE spokesperson. "That's just not
good enough; the low wage offer, coupled with the lack of job security and no
improvement in health benefits for our members and their families, add up to a
really poor offer that the members have rejected. Over two-thirds of our
members were present for the strike vote."
    The strike date is Friday, March 23rd.

For further information:

For further information: Mike Walters, CUPE National Representative,
(905) 973-1663; Wendy Forbes, CUPE Communications, (416) 892-8716

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