York University pushing service workers toward lockout or strike

    TORONTO, Oct. 20 /CNW Telbec/ - York University has raised the stakes in
negotiations with the union representing custodial, maintenance and other
service workers by requesting a "no-board" report from the
government-appointed conciliator.
    The move sets the stage for the university administration to lock out
almost 400 members of CUPE 1356 in early November or force them into a strike
for a fair contract.
    "We are extremely disappointed that our employer is pushing us toward
this deadline," said Jack McCann, president of CUPE 1356. "Just over a week
ago, after a month of bargaining, they tabled major concessions that our
members simply cannot accept."
    If the university would apply the money they are spending on a lawyer to
lead their negotiations to benefit improvements and withdraw the concessions,
they might be able to avert a strike, he said.
    "The employer is being unreasonable. They refuse to give us the same deal
they signed with the York University Staff Association (YUSA). They would
rather threaten us with a lockout to try to force concessions on the workers
who keep the university clean, safe and operating smoothly for all the members
of the York community."
    The union local will conduct a strike vote next Sunday, October 26,
McCann said.

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, (416) 616-6142

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