Students relieved support staff strike averted in the eleventh hour

    TORONTO, Aug. 31 /CNW/ - College and college/university students across
the province are pleased that a province-wide support staff strike was averted
by eleventh hour negotiations, says the College Student Alliance (CSA).
    "Students are relieved to be greeted by college support staff workers
inside the college in frontline services rather then on the picket line," says
Jenn Howarth, President of the College Student Alliance. "Students will now be
able to access essential services and move about campuses with ease, knowing
that all staff - administration, faculty and support staff - are there to
assist them."
    After eight months of meetings, negotiations and a provincial mediator
both the Ontario Public Service Employees Union (OPSEU) and the College
Compensation and Appointments Council (the Council) were able to reach a
tentative agreement for all full-time support staff workers across the
province. This new agreement will be brought to the membership for a
ratification vote in the coming weeks.
    "We are pleased that both sides were able to reach a new agreement prior
to the starting of classes on Tuesday," adds Ms. Howarth. "Students can now
excel both in and out of the classroom and create positive relationships with
all members of the college community."

    The College Student Alliance (CSA) is an advocacy and services
organization which has been proudly serving Ontario's college students since
1967. The CSA currently represents 16 colleges and 23 student councils with
over 109,000 full-time student members throughout the province.

For further information:

For further information: Tyler Charlebois, Director of Advocacy, College
Student Alliance, (416) 340-1212, (416) 346-9951,;
Jenn Howarth, President, College Student Alliance, (705) 566-8101, ext. 7729,
(705) 521-4776,

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