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(Toronto) Two generations of Canadian trade union activism will meet this week (June 14, 2000) when former CAW and CLC President Bob White speaks to a rally of striking part-time bookstore workers at the U of T.
White, probably Canadas most famous and respected labour leader, will be rallying the members of CUPE Local 3261 before addressing the convocation crowd where he will be receiving an honourary degree from the university.

The 100 part-time workers are on strike against the U of T Press, which runs the bookstore but is a wholly-owned subsidiary of the university, are fighting for fair wages and a first contract.

U of T Press has been accused of disciplining union activists at the bookstore, and had tabled a proposal to move workers wages, which currently at a measly $7.25 an hour, down to the minimum wage of $6.85.

Workers at the U of T are currently the lowest paid university bookstore workers in the province.

(EDITORS: The June 14 rally is scheduled for 12:00 noon in front of the Koffler Centre, corner of College and St. George.)

For information:
Mehdi Kouhestaninejad
President Local 3261
(416) 340-7844 (o), (416) 336-1598 (p)
John McCracken
CUPE Communications Reps.
(416) 292-3999 (o)
Robert Lamoureux
CUPE Communications Reps.
(416) 292-3999 (o)

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