No answer from York University President Mamdouh Shoukri: CUPE ready and waiting to negotiate

    TORONTO, Jan. 28 /CNW Telbec/ - The clock is ticking on the possibility
of a negotiated settlement to end the York University Strike. CUPE's offer to
hammer out a deal with the University before back to work legislation passes
third reading has so far gone unanswered.
    "The University has squandered twenty-four precious hours since we put
our offer out yesterday morning," said CUPE Ontario President Sid Ryan. "But
with the Premier's help we can still use the next twenty-four to thirty-six
hours to make this happen."
    CUPE is insisting that the Premier bring York University back to the
bargaining table. "After all, the Province funds forty percent of the
University budget which amounts to hundreds of millions of dollars every
year," noted Ryan.
    Local 3903 spokesperson Tyler Shipley said union negotiators are
frustrated at the lack of response but are at the ready. "Our local is
committed to getting a deal at the table - one that gets students back in the
classroom, protects our constitutional right to bargain and lets all sides go
back to work in an atmosphere of dignity and labour peace," he added.
    Ryan affirmed that lawyers are working on preparing a legal challenge to
the back to work legislation should it go through. "But that shouldn't stop us
from doing everything we can, down to the last hour, to get this deal at the
table," he said. "The ball is in the Premier's court. This legislation is a
band-aid. It won't make the problem go away. The issues at York will come back
up in other places sooner than later. "
    CUPE has booked meeting rooms and "negotiators are on call to be there as
soon as we get a call from the University's bargaining team" said Shipley "the
University still has a chance to turn this bitter dispute into a dignified
settlement," he added.

For further information:

For further information: Tyler Shipley, (647) 295-1674; Sid Ryan, (416)

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