Strike looms at Carleton University September 5th

    OTTAWA, Aug. 16 /CNW Telbec/ - Professional, office, technical and
support staff at Carleton University, represented by the Canadian Union of
Public Employees (CUPE), will be in a legal strike or lockout position
September 5th, at 12:01 am, after the university failed to make a fair
settlement offer during conciliation talks.
    "We have been trying to reach a negotiated settlement to avoid a
disruption as fall classes resume," said CUPE national representative Susan
Arab. "Unfortunately, Carleton administration has failed to move towards a
fair settlement, refusing so far to make a contract offer similar to what
faculty negotiated with the university earlier this year." CUPE 2424
represents 700 workers at Carleton, who've been working without a contract
since June 30, 2007.
    "All it takes is a fair deal to prevent a strike," said Arab. "We will do
everything we can to achieve a settlement in mediation, but it really depends
on a change of attitude from management." In addition to wages, outstanding
issues include benefits, job postings and employment security. A strike or
lockout would suspend all office work at the university, IT support, libraries
and other technical and support functions. Mediation talks have been scheduled
for August 30, and September 3 and 4.
    "We would prefer a negotiated settlement, but the administration's
approach to negotiations so far indicates that we must begin strike
preparations," said Arab. "We call on students and the university community to
contact Carleton's administration to urge them to make a fair contract offer
and prevent a strike so classes can resume without a disruption this fall."

For further information:

For further information: Susan Arab, CUPE National Representative, (613)
237-0115, (613) 769-7553; Robert Lamoureux, CUPE Communications, (416)

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