Union asks: Who's directing Carleton University's bargaining team?

    OTTAWA, Sept. 10 /CNW Telbec/ - The lack of movement from management
representatives at Carleton University is forcing the union representing
700 workers on strike since September 5 to wonder who is in charge of
    "It's time for the university president, Dr. Samy Mahmoud, to get
directly involved to end this strike while his negotiators go back to study
Collective Bargaining 101," said CUPE National Representative Susan Arab. "It
doesn't take an advanced degree to know that bargaining involves
give-and-take, but these negotiators have refused to budge from their most
regressive proposals."
    The strike by members of CUPE 2424 has suspended all office work, IT
support, libraries and other technical and support functions at the
university. The strike is about respect, said Arab, noting that the
administration, which has offered far less than what was negotiated recently
with faculty, has forced CUPE workers to a strike deadline in every round of
bargaining for the last 10 years.
    "Management also needs to learn that experiments belong in the science
lab, not at the bargaining table," Arab said. "They are trying to do something
no other Ontario university has attempted - to reduce sick leave provisions
for workers over the age of 65. That kind of discrimination is just not on
with our members."
    The union is also trying to get the right for workers to have a
representative present if they are called to a meeting with a supervisor that
could lead to disciplinary action.
    "We're not far apart on wages. Our bargaining team has moved on other
issues," Arab said. "Now we need the highest level of administration to get
involved to ensure there's some movement on the university's part. Let's reach
a fair settlement in order to end this strike and get the campus back to
normal for students and faculty."

For further information:

For further information: Susan Arab, CUPE National Representative, (613)
237-0115, (613) 769-7553 (cell); Pat Daley, CUPE Communications, (416)
292-3999, (416) 616-6142 (cell)

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