Students Support Striking Staff

    OTTAWA, Sept. 5 /CNW Telbec/ - The Carleton University Students'
Association will be closing its offices today in solidarity with striking
workers of CUPE 2424, as well, students will be walking the picket line in
support of the striking support staff at Carleton University, and orientation
leaders have refused to participate in the administration's academic day.
Support staff went on strike today after the university administration refused
to meet the union's requests for fair wages, and its refusal to accept changes
to vacation and sick leave.
    "The university administration has absolutely no excuse for refusing to
give support staff a fair deal," said Shelley Melanson, President of the
Carleton University Students' Association, "We know that the university has
more money than last year-the government increased core funding and tuition
fees were increased. There is absolutely no excuse for the administration to
threaten students' academic year."
    The university administration refused to meet with CUPE negotiators to
discuss a new collective agreement over the Labour Day weekend, thereby
jeopardizing the services available to Carleton University students. Support
staff play an integral role in the functioning of the University and the
quality of the student experience. Carleton University Students' Association
council voted last week to support the workers and to urge the administration
to come back to the table as soon as possible in order to reach a fair and
speedy deal.
    "It is too bad the University refuses to treat its workers fairly and has
caused this disruption at such an important time of year," continued Melanson.
"The fact these problems continue is further proof that raising tuition fees
does not improve the quality of our education."

For further information:

For further information: Shelley Melanson, President, Carleton
University Students' Association, Cellular: (613) 552-8213

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