York U custodial & maintenance workers give overwhelming strike mandate

    TORONTO, Oct. 27 /CNW Telbec/ - Custodial and maintenance workers at York
University, members of CUPE 1356, yesterday voted 99.6% in support of strike
action if they are not able to achieve a fair collective agreement by the
legal strike/lockout deadline in early November.
    "York University set this in motion when they decided to request a
no-board report and threaten us with a lockout," said Jack McCann, president
of CUPE 1356. "This is the first time in our 37-year history that our local
has had to take a strike vote and our members came out in large numbers to
give us an overwhelming mandate."
    The university has put concessions on the table and has offered less in
benefits than was negotiated with the York University Staff Association,
McCann said, noting that the almost 400 members of CUPE 1356 are angry that
the administration is spending money for an outside lawyer to negotiate
instead of using the funds to improve their offer.
    The two parties are scheduled to meet again in mediation on November 7.
Meanwhile, CUPE 3903, representing contract faculty and teaching assistants,
returns to the bargaining table with York University tomorrow.

For further information:

For further information: Jack McCann, President, CUPE 1356, (647)
618-4411; Joanne Wilson, CUPE National Representative, (289) 404-0797; Pat
Daley, CUPE Communications, (416) 292-3999 or (416) 616-6142

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