OCUFA workers vote overwhelmingly in support of strike action

    TORONTO, Sept. 5 /CNW Telbec/ - Ontario Confederation of University
Faculty Associations (OCUFA) staff, represented by the Canadian Union of
Public Employees (CUPE), voted 87 per cent in favour of a strike, if a fair
deal is not reached with their employer.
    "Our members are united to win a fair contract that recognizes the value
of their work and years of service," said Jim Morrison, CUPE national
representative for Local 1281. "We are hoping that management will come back
to mediation with a more conciliatory attitude that will help achieve a fair
    Outstanding issues include management's refusal to respect job
descriptions, address salary inequities and improve retirement benefits. "Some
of our members have supported the faculty for over two decades," said
Morrison. "Yet management remains inflexible and refuses to recognize the
value of this long-term service."

    The eight OCUFA staff members provide research, communications, advocacy,
government relations and administrative services, supporting over
15,000 university professors and academic librarians in universities across
Ontario, helping them improve their working conditions through collective
bargaining. The workers' last contract expired on December 31, 2006. Mediation
talks are scheduled for September 16.

For further information:

For further information: Jim Morrison, CUPE National Representative,
(416) 292-3999, ext. 289; James Chai, CUPE Communications, (416) 292-3999,
ext. 213

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