University of Windsor CUPE locals fight administration concession demands - stage set for September strike

    WINDSOR, ON, Aug. 17 /CNW Telbec/ - Two locals of the Canadian Union of
Public Employees (CUPE) reached an impasse in bargaining with the University
of Windsor yesterday, as the administration continued to demand concessions
and failed to move towards fair contract settlements in conciliation talks.
"We have asked the conciliation officer to file a 'no-board' report with the
ministry of Labour, starting the countdown to a legal strike or lockout in
early September," said CUPE national representative Joel Bentley.
    "The administration is determined to roll back many provisions in our
collective agreements, including job security, monetary and benefit
concessions," said Aldo DiCarlo, president of CUPE 1393, representing 210
technical, professional and trades staff at the university.
    "The university wants to further cut part-time hours to create 6, 8 or 9
hour per week positions - it's impossible to create a stable work environment
that way," said James Kehoe, CUPE 1001 vice-president, representing 400
custodial, food services, trades assistants, grounds and shipping and
receiving employees.
    "Both of our CUPE locals have begun strike preparations, with near
unanimous strike votes," said Bentley. "With monetary, benefit concessions and
weakened job security and advancement clauses on the table, the administration
seems intent on provoking a strike or lockout that will hurt students and
disrupt classes this fall."
    Both CUPE locals have begun to prepare for a strike, while informing the
conciliation officer they are prepared to meet for mediation talks to try and
avert a strike.
    "The administration has been pursuing a policy of 'work casualization',
pushing for more casual and part-time workers, with reduced hours of work,"
said Bentley. "This is not good for students or the university community, as
these employees provide frontline support for students and faculty. We urge
students, parents and faculty to contact university administrators to demand
they stop their attacks on our collective agreements, and take steps to reach
settlements without a disruption that will hurt the university's reputation."

For further information:

For further information: Joel Bentley, CUPE National Representative,
(519) 966-9595 or (519) 996-6893 (cell); Aldo DiCarlo, CUPE 1393 President,
(519) 981-2605 (cell); James Kehoe, CUPE 1001 Vice-President, (519) 991-6893
(cell); Robert Lamoureux, CUPE Communications, (416) 292-3999

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