Steelworkers ratify agreement with University of Guelph

    GUELPH, ON, Aug. 15 /CNW/ - United Steelworkers' (USW) Ontario/Atlantic
Director Wayne Fraser announced late Friday that members of USW Local 4120
have voted in favour of a settlement reached earlier in the week with the
University of Guelph.
    The settlement was achieved after a marathon round of deadline bargaining
on behalf of the university's nearly 1,000 support, administrative and
technical staff. The agreement is expected to be presented to the university's
board of governors on Saturday, August 16.
    The settlement protects benefits and the pension formula. Statutory
holidays have been increased and options have been added to the employees'
fitness program. Shift premiums have been increased and long-service employees
can expect an extra vacation day.
    A negotiated commitment to a joint review of the job-evaluation process
and tool, first implemented in 1990, will ensure that pay equity is maintained
at Guelph. The review will be complete by the end of the collective agreement.
    There is also a negotiated commitment for the union and the university to
work together to achieve a violence-free workplace, a provision that expands
on already-negotiated anti-harassment language.
    "Our members at the University of Guelph were determined negotiate a
decent contract with this employer," said Fraser. "The university simply
doesn't run without their skill and dedication, and this agreement recognizes
the value Local 4120 members add to the institution."
    Local 4120 members had voted 94 per cent to strike if an agreement could
not be reached.

    Canada's most diverse union, the USW represents more than 280,000 men and
women working in every sector of the economy, including about 7,000 at
Canadian universities. The Steelworkers' website is

For further information:

For further information: Margaret Carter (President, Local 4120), (519)
824-4120, ext. 58727, (519) 239-8083; Fil Falbo (USW Chief Negotiator), (905)

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