Staff vote to strike if necessary at University of Toronto

    TORONTO, Sept. 4 /CNW/ - United Steelworkers' (USW) Ontario/Atlantic
Director Wayne Fraser announced Thursday that members of USW Local 1998,
representing administrative, technical and support staff at the University of
Toronto, have voted 87 per cent in favour of a strike mandate if no agreement
is reached with the university.
    The deadline to reach agreement on a new collective agreement for the
3,500 employees is midnight Sept. 7. This set of negotiations covers USW
members at all three U of T campuses. The USW also represents staff at two of
the university's federated colleges, Victoria University and St. Michael's,
where negotiations will begin soon.
    "This vote sends a message to U of T's senior management that, in no
uncertain terms, our members support their bargaining committee," said Fraser.
"The contract improvements we are seeking will help maintain good
administrative and technical service to the university community."
    The main issues for Local 1998 members include wages, pensions and job
    "Our members are speaking loud and clear," said Local 1998 President
Allison Dubarry. "Their support is key to getting a fair and timely deal."

    Canada's most diverse union, the USW represents more than 280,000 men and
women working in every sector of the economy, including close to 7,000 in the
university sector.

For further information:

For further information: Bryan Adamczyk (USW Representative), (416)
977-7274, (905) 516-0466; Allison Dubarry (Pres., Local 1998), (416) 506-9090,
(416) 949-9008

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