Steekworkers vote 94 per cent to back bargaining committee in negotiations with University of Guelph

    GUELPH, ON, July 21 /CNW/ - Members of the United Steelworkers' (USW)
Local 4120 have voted 94 per cent to support their bargaining committee in the
campaign to achieve a new collective agreement with the University of Guelph
before a deadline of August 13.
    The vote came one week after negotiations reached an impasse, despite the
assistance of a mediator from the Ontario Labour Relations Board.
    USW Local 4120 represents approximately 1,000 support, administrative and
technical staff at the university.
    "Our goal is to successfully reach an agreement that is fair to our
members as were the agreements reached with faculty and the university's other
employees," said USW chief negotiator Fil Falbo. "We are eager to return to
the bargaining table to do the work necessary for a peaceful conclusion."
    However, said Falbo, with such a strong mandate from the membership, the
end result will not be peace at any price. He repeated his earlier statement,
"When universities are reporting decent compensation for their faculty and
presidents, it's only right that our members get their fair share too."
    "University staff are the backbone of the institution," said Local 4120
President Margaret Carter. "The university must recognize that and respect
that we are uniting for fairness. We will accept nothing less."
    Talks with the university broke down over issues of job security,
compensation and pensions. Further meetings will be scheduled by the Ministry
of Labour for Aug. 11 & 12.

    Canada's most diverse union, the USW represents more than 280,000 men and
women working in every sector of the economy. The Steelworkers' website is

For further information:

For further information: Margaret Carter, (519) 824-4120, ext. 58727,
(519) 239-8083; Fil Falbo, (905) 601-5151

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