No Strike - CUPE 1334 University of Guelph Trades, maintenance and service workers reach tentative agreement

    GUELPH, ON, March 8 /CNW Telbec/ - Ten minutes after the strike deadline
and after months of tough negotiating the Canadian Union of Public employees
(CUPE) 1334 has reached a tentative no concession agreement with the
University of Guelph.
    "Needless to say we are extremely pleased that we were not forced to
disrupt the university, particularly during a week when so many parents and
prospective students will be visiting the campus," said Janice Folk-Dawson,
president of CUPE 1334.
    "It was not easy. We had to stand our ground and refuse to take any
concessions to our hard won benefits and pension. We must also remember we
were not just bargaining for ourselves, there are 31 other university
contracts up this year and we had to ensure we set a precedent for not
accepting less then we already have achieved.
    "Also, the faculty at Guelph is in bargaining too and we felt we had to
take a stand for them as well. We'd like to thank everyone who supported us on
the information picket line, at our rally and in all the messages and best
wishes we received," Folk-Dawson concluded.

For further information:

For further information: contact: Janice Folk-Dawson, President CUPE
1334, (519) 766-8376 (cell.), (519) 836-5470 (union office); Wendy Forbes,
Communications Rep, (416) 292-3999

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