Statement by Ontario Premier Dalton McGuinty

    TORONTO, Jan. 24 /CNW/ -


    On Wednesday, I asked Ontario's top labour mediator, Reg Pearson, to make
one final attempt to resolve the ongoing labour dispute at York University.
Since that time Mr. Pearson has met with both sides and worked to resolve the
strike through mediation and discussion.
    Earlier today I was advised by Mr. Pearson that there is no reasonable
prospect of a negotiated settlement between York University and CUPE Local
3903. The sides are in a clear deadlock, and despite our best efforts to bring
the sides together, that has not changed.
    The strike is also at the point where the academic year is in jeopardy
for York students. In challenging economic times, when we need all our people
at their best, we simply cannot afford to delay the education of 45,000 of our
best and brightest young people.
    Having exhausted all other options, I will be recalling the legislature
as of Sunday at 1 pm for the purposes of introducing back to work legislation.
I am asking MPPs from all parties to provide unanimous consent for immediate
passage of the bill so that students can get back to school this week.

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